Tennessee Law Enforcement Responds to Two Accidents on I-40
Cumberland County, TN (July 26, 2020) The Tennessee Highway Patrol in the early afternoon of July 26 responded to two accidents that occurred at the 316 mile marker of Interstate 40 in Cumberland Country. One law enforcement officer commented that a tractor trailer driver rear-ended a 2020 Camry. Both drivers were fortunately not injured in the collision. The tractor-trailer driver, however, was charged with following too close. Additional details about the second accident are still pending.
In 2015, the Washington Post reported that there are approximately 1.7 million rear end collisions in the country each year. These accidents result in approximately 1,700 individuals dying and another 500,000 becoming injured.
Reasons Rear End Collisions Occur
All drivers in Tennessee must maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them. Unfortunately, drivers do not always follow this requirement and rear-end collisions occur. Just a few of the most common reasons why rear-end collisions in Tennessee happen include:
- Drivers sometimes drive aggressively and tailgate the vehicle in front of them and do not give the other driver adequate space.
- When drivers are in a hurry to reach their destination, in an effort to reach their endpoint faster, drivers are known to not give those in front of them adequate room.
- Sometimes drivers grow distracted and simply are not aware of how close they are to the vehicle in front of them.
- Alcohol delays a driver’s ability to respond quickly to road conditions. When drivers combine alcohol with operation of a motor vehicle, rear end collisions are common.
- Sometimes drivers fall asleep at the wheel and end up colliding with the vehicle that is located in front of them.
Speak with a Knowledgeable Knoxville Accident Attorney
Rear-end accidents might sound tame in comparison to rollovers and vehicle fires, but all of these accidents can leave victims facing life-changing injuries. If you were involved in a Tennessee rear-end collision accident, do not hesitate to contact Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette today.
Note: This post was written based on available resources, news stories, and online reports about this incident. As is often the case with fast breaking news, there is always the risk that some details are still being shared and uncovered. Please contact us if you notice any information that should be changed or added. Thanks!