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Thousands of drivers use Interstates 24, 40, 440, 840, and 65 in and around Nashville every day to get to and from work and when passing through the area.

In addition, there are also dozens of high-speed highways throughout the mid-state region. These roads have higher speed limits than other streets, making trips faster and easier. But the higher speed limits can increase the risk of serious injuries when accidents occur.

You can reduce your risks of getting hurt while driving on a high-speed roadway by:

  • Driving at or below the speed limit

Most interstates in Middle Tennessee have speed limits of anywhere between 55 mph and 70 mph. It’s important to drive at or below those limits. Exceeding the speed limit makes you more likely to lose control of your vehicle, and it also increases your vehicle’s stopping distance. During inclement weather such as rain, snow, or fog, you should further reduce your speed.

  • Avoiding distractions

Keeping your eyes, ears, and mind fully focused on the road are vital no matter when or where you’re driving. But distracted driving is an even bigger risk when you’re traveling on a high-speed highway or interstate. In the time it takes to send or read a text message, your vehicle can travel the length of a football field.

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Drivers with Uber and Lyft say they expect to pick up and drop off plenty of passengers in Nashville this weekend due to things like the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Bonnaroo, and CMA Fest.

WKRN.com reports that one driver quit her job to drive for Lyft in Nashville. She says that because parking downtown is so expensive, with some lots charging $80 for two hours, more people will rely on ride-sharing services to get to their destinations. She also said that she expects to complete around 30 fares.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation told reporters that traffic backups and congestion are expected throughout the area, including downtown, and that people who plan on participating the festivities should avoid driving if possible.

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Children are extremely vulnerable during car accidents. Motor vehicle crashes are the second-leading cause of death for children between the ages of 4 and 10, and around one-third of children who die in car crashes aren’t properly restrained.

To protect your children in the event of a collision, always follow these tips:

  • Make sure children are properly restrained for their age, height, and weight.

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to keep kids safe in cars. Make sure you have the correct restraints for your children at all stages of their growth and development. That means having rear-facing car seats for infants up to 2 years old, forward-facing car seats for kids 2 to 5 years old, booster seats for kids 5 and older, and standard seat belts for kids after they outgrow booster seats.

  • Don’t let kids under 12 sit in the front seat.

The safest place for all kids under the age of 12 is the back seat—even after they’ve outgrown booster seats. Children are at risk of suffering serious injuries when front airbags deploy during collisions. In addition, children have different bone structures, making them more prone to injuries when sitting in front seats due to impact zones and seat belt configurations.

  • Secure loose items before driving.

Another risk factor for everyone in your vehicle during a crash, including children, is loose objects. Even relatively low-speed collisions can cause items to go airborne, putting everyone in their path at risk. Children can suffer serious and even life-threatening injuries when they’re struck by these items, as they can move at high speeds and with tremendous amounts of force.

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A vehicle collided with a Tennessee Department of Transportation truck at an intersection in South Nashville on Thursday, and investigators say that it was likely caused by the driver having a medical emergency.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the crash happened at around 4 p.m. near the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Nolensville Road. An investigation by TDOT revealed that the driver suffered a medical event and crossed the center line of the road, causing his vehicle to collide with a TDOT truck.

Metro Nashville Police say that the 52-year-old driver from South Nashville was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

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The quick actions of a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper helped save the life of a man who was experiencing a medical emergency behind the wheel.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the THP trooper was driving home at the end of his shift on Highway 64 near Pulaski Highway in Giles County when he saw a vehicle driving erratically.

Thinking that the driver may be intoxicated, the trooper initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. When he approached the driver, the trooper discovered that he was slurring his words and sweating. The driver told the trooper that he was trying drive home to Pulaski, Tennessee, but he was heading in the wrong direction.

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A vehicle entered the eastbound lanes of Interstate 840 heading in the wrong direction early Sunday morning, resulting in a head-on collision that injured two people.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the accident occurred at around 6 a.m. near the Carter’s Creek exit in Williamson County. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash and determined that a 26-year-old woman entered I-840 heading in the wrong direction.

Shortly after, her Honda CR-Z crashed head-on into a Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by a 28-year-old man. Both drivers were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by ambulance to receive treatment for their injuries, which are described as non-life-threatening.

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Interstate 65 was briefly shut down by emergency responders following a crash that caused at least one person to suffer injuries early Monday.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the crash occurred at around 5 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-65 at Rosa Parks Boulevard near downtown. An investigation by Metro Nashville Police hasn’t revealed the official cause of the crash, but did indicate that several vehicles were involved, including three passenger vehicles and two tractor-trailers.

However, a witness indicated that the accident occurred when a vehicle was rear-ended by another car. The impact of that collision caused a chain-reaction involving other vehicles.

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The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced a new safety campaign on Wednesday that’s aimed at protecting the lives of highway workers throughout the state.

Per a report by WKRN.com and a release by TDOT, the campaign was announced in Carthage, Tennessee, and was developed in response to three TDOT workers who died while working in 2016.

All three of the workers were killed when they were struck by passing vehicles on highways and interstates. TDOT says that those deaths bring the total number of lost lives in the organization up to 112 since it was founded.

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A vehicle went airborne and crashed into a steel beam early Monday morning in Gallatin, causing one person to suffer fatal injuries.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the accident occurred at around 1 a.m. on Red River Road in Sumner County. An investigation by officers with the Gallatin Police Department revealed that the driver may have lost control of the vehicle, causing it to hit railroad tracks at high speed and then become airborne.

The vehicle then crashed into the beam near a gas station. The impact of the collision was so severe that emergency responders say they found the vehicle’s engine more than 20 feet away from the accident scene.

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Emergency Vehicle Involved in Fatal Accident in Northern Davidson County

An emergency vehicle used by the Nashville Fire Department was involved in an accident that killed one person early Monday morning.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the accident occurred at around 8 a.m. on Whites Creek Pike near Bear Hollow Road in Joelton.

Emergency responders and officers with Metro Nashville Police confirmed that one person died in the accident. The driver of the emergency vehicle also suffered serious injuries because of the accident and was transported to a local hospital. He or she was recently listed in critical condition.

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