Tennessee is served by numerous federal highways that allow residents and visitors to easily travel throughout the state. The interstate system in the United States was first formed in 1956 at the request of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the first interstate opened in Tennessee was Interstate 65 near the Tennessee-Alabama line in 1958. Since then, seven primary interstates and seven auxiliary interstates have been built to improve traffic flow throughout the state.
At Matt Hardin Law, our car accident lawyers know how important the interstate system is to both Tennessee residents and people who visit the state. However, we also know that the high-speed nature of interstate driving can pose serious dangers for drivers and passengers.
Accidents on Tennessee’s interstates are often unavoidable, but when they happen, it’s our job to be there for victims and their families throughout the state, including Nashville, Memphis, Murfreesboro, Lebanon, Cookeville, and more.
Primary interstates are those that run either east and west (even numbered interstates) or north and south (odd numbered interstates) through several states, with some stretching from coast to coast. In Tennessee, they include:
I-24 spans 180 miles through the state and originates at the Kentucky state line and runs north and south, terminating in Chattanooga. It passes through Clarksville, Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Monteagle.
One of the shorter interstates in Tennessee, I-26 spans just 54.5 miles in the state and originates in Kingsport and terminates at the North Carolina state line.
The longest interstate in Tennessee, I-40 runs for 455.28 miles throughout the entire state, originating in the West at the Arkansas state line and crossing through Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, Cookeville, and Knoxville before terminating at the North Carolina state line.
I-55 is the shortest interstate in Tennessee, spanning only 12.28 miles. It starts at the southwest corner of the state at the Mississippi border and runs northwest to the Arkansas state line. The interstate serves the city of Memphis and is a major highway for residents and visitors of that area.
I-65 runs directly north and south through Tennessee with a span of 121.71 miles. Originating at the Alabama state line, it terminates at the Kentucky state line, passing through cities like Columbia, Brentwood, Nashville, and White House.
The third-longest interstate in Tennessee, I-65 runs for 161.86 miles and originates at the Georgia state line near Chattanooga. From there, it passes through Cleveland, Charleston, Athens, Sweetwater, Knoxville, and Caryville before terminating at the Kentucky state line.
I-81 stretches 75.66 miles in Tennessee. It starts in Dandridge, Tennessee, and terminates at the Virginia state line. It runs parallel to the Appalachian Mountains throughout most of Tennessee and into Virginia.
Auxiliary interstates are short roadways designed to provide alternate routes in or around cities for residents and visitors to avoid through traffic and decrease traffic density. Auxiliary interstates generally span between two and 20 miles in Tennessee and include:
Because of the sheer number of interstates in Tennessee, accidents are an unfortunate but unavoidable outcome when millions of vehicles travel these roadways every year. At Matt Hardin Law, our Nashville car accident attorneys handle accidents involving passenger vehicles, trucks, motorcycles, buses, and more on all of Tennessee’s roadways, including interstates.
Our years of experience handling Tennessee car accident claims means that we understand the unique nature of interstate accidents, and we know that the high speeds and often serious injuries caused by these accidents can create unique challenges when filing claims for compensation.
If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident on any of Tennessee’s interstates or highways, please contact our Nashville car accident lawyers by dialing (615) 200-1111 or filling out a free online form. It’s our goal to get you the full compensation you deserve for your accident-related expenses.