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La Vergne, Tennessee, is a rapidly growing city located directly between Nashville’s Antioch neighborhood on its north side and the city of Smyrna on its south side. Like most cities in Middle Tennessee, La Vergne has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, with its population increasing from around 7,500 in 1990 to nearly 35,000 estimated residents in 2013.
With its close proximity to Nashville and Murfreesboro, as well as its affordable cost of living and school system, La Vergne is attracting more and more people throughout Tennessee and across the country. However, that influx of population can put stress on the city’s roadways and can lead to car accidents. At Matt Hardin Law, our La Vergne car accident attorneys are here to help drivers who get injured due to other people’s negligence.
Whether they’re going to school, to work, or just to run errands around town, most Tennesseans drive on a daily basis. And while the majority of drivers make it a point to stay focused on the road and practice safe driving habits, occasionally even cautious drivers make mistakes. Unfortunately, even minor mistakes can have serious consequences when traveling at high speeds in a vehicle.
Those serious consequences can range from serious vehicle damage to serious injuries that lead to permanent disability. At Matt Hardin Law, our La Vergne car accident lawyers know how even minor mistakes can forever change lives, as we’ve helped countless families recover compensation and their livelihoods after collisions.
Some of the most common risky driving behaviors that can lead to accidents include:
Red lights help provide order to traffic at intersections, but they can also cause small delays. Unfortunately, some drivers try to alleviate these delays by accelerating through red lights long after the light turns yellow or even red. Running red lights puts drivers and other motorists at serious risk of being involved in T-bone accidents.
Getting stuck in slow traffic or a traffic jam can be frustrating, especially if you’re in a hurry. However, it never pays to try and weave in and out of traffic in order to bypass slower vehicles. Driving just inches away from other vehicles even at low to moderate speeds puts drivers at high risk of being involved in car accidents. In addition, changing lanes in heavy traffic is dangerous due to the lack of visibility—especially when other drivers attempt to switch into the same lane.
Roads with middle lines painted solid yellow indicate that passing slower vehicles is not allowed due to speed or visibility concerns in that area. Some drivers ignore this and pass slower vehicles anyway only to find themselves heading straight towards an oncoming vehicle after passing a blind turn or cresting a hill. Even if you’re on a road that allows passing as indicated by a broken yellow line, you should still only pass other vehicles when absolutely necessary.
While most drivers abstain from driving when after consuming multiple alcoholic beverages, even buzzed driving still poses serious dangers for themselves, their passengers, and other motorists. A couple of drinks is all it takes to reduce judgment, decrease reaction times, blur vision, and increase the likelihood of partaking in other risky driving behaviors.
Safe driving requires uninterrupted concentration on the road and the movements of other vehicles. That makes driving while using a cellphone to call or text others incredibly dangerous, as it takes drivers’ eyes and attention off the road. Other distracting behaviors include changing songs on the stereo, eating or drinking, and even reaching into the glove box or back seat while the vehicle is in motion.
Taking risks behind the wheel is never worth it, and many of our clients suffered severe injuries due to drivers who took unnecessary risks. And in many cases, all it takes is a single lapse in judgment to cause an accident that can forever change many lives.
While all car accidents have the potential to cause significant vehicle damage and injuries to both drivers and passengers, there are a few types of accidents that expose victims to significantly heightened risks of suffering severe injuries.
At Matt Hardin Law, our La Vergne car accident lawyers know that not all car accidents are created equal. Modern safety features in vehicles protect drivers and passengers from many of the forces created in moderate to high-speed car accidents, but some accidents leave victims exposed to dangers that can render some safety features much less effective.
In our practice, we’ve found that the following types of accidents tend to cause more severe injuries than others:
Because they involve two vehicles colliding with one another at moderate to high speeds at an impact point that causes extreme forces on the necks, heads, and backs of occupants, head-on collisions are among the most dangerous types of car accidents. Airbags and seat belts are vital safety features in head-on collisions, but in many cases, the impact is so strong that victims can still suffer head and neck injuries from striking their airbags or simply from the forces generated on their bodies. Head-on collisions also pose risk for victims after accidents, as they damage the engine compartment and can put the damaged vehicles at risk for catching on fire.
Whether they’re caused by high-speed collisions, taking turns too fast, or running off the road, roll-over accidents are statistically much more likely to cause serious injuries than almost all other types of car accidents. Drivers and passengers who aren’t wearing their seatbelt during rollover accidents are also at high risk of being ejected from the vehicle—and that can lead to severe and often life-threatening injuries that require immediate treatment. Vehicles that are most at-risk of rollover accidents include sport utility vehicles and large trucks, although any vehicle is susceptible to flipping over under certain circumstances, such as poor weather or uneven roadways.
While many rear-end accidents are simple fender benders that rarely result in injuries, high-speed rear-end accidents are dangerous for drivers and passengers. Because of their often unexpected nature, victims may not have time to brace themselves for impact. The tremendous amount of force pushing into the vehicle can cause victims to suffer severe injuries to their head, neck, or back, and whiplash and even spinal cord injuries are common outcomes of these types of accidents. The majority of high-speed rear-end accidents occur when drivers fall asleep at the wheel or are distracted and don’t see a stopped vehicle in front of them.
Despite these three types of accidents being among the most dangerous, the legal team at Matt Hardin Law knows that all auto accidents, no matter how minor they may seem at the time, can lead to serious and debilitating injuries.
Whether you were just involved in a car accident or you’re researching attorneys for a loved one, it’s important to learn as much as you can about car accidents—including how they happen, what makes them so dangerous, and how to avoid the riskiest driving behaviors.
If you have additional questions or concerns about your or your loved one’s car accident, don’t hesitate to contact our La Vergne car accident lawyers today. Just dial (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online form. You can also schedule a time to meet with us at our Nashville or Murfreesboro office. And if you’re too hurt to come see us in person, we’ll visit you at your home or in the hospital to discuss your claim and answer any of your questions.
At Matt Hardin Law, we’ve helped countless victims just like you over the past 20 years, and we know how much an auto accident can affect your life. You can count on us to do everything in our power to get you maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We believe that no innocent victims should have to pay for an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence.
When we take on your case, you’ll get a law firm that has the experience to get the results you want, the commitment to fight for you every step of the way, and the personal attention you need so that you’ll never feel left in the dark about the status of your case.