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Road Debris in Nashville – What Do I Do If I’m Hit?

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Danger is lurking on Nashville’s roads in the form of road debris. Ask driver Marissa Stone, who saw a large piece of metal get flung up into her path. Or driver Brian Mac, who witnessed sheets of siding flying around on the road. Or Jonathan Wentworth, who ran through pieces of latticework and popped his tires on the nails.

Road debris is becoming a huge problem in Nashville, and with 100 new people moving into the city every day, more and more are being exposed to the serious danger of accidents due to debris. But where is all of this debris coming from, and what can we as a city do to end the danger?


One of the main things that investigators see when it comes to road debris is that it comes from improperly secured cargo. Whether a trucking company failed to secure a load in a trailer or a pickup truck driver did not strap down a load correctly, things fly out of vehicles and into the road with disturbing frequency.

The state spends nearly $15 million per year cleaning up trash and debris on Tennessee roads, but clearly, it’s not enough. The state is launching a statewide public service campaign next month to encourage personal responsibility on the part of drivers. In the meantime, if you spot road debris or are involved in an accident involving debris, you can reach Tennessee Highway Patrol by dialing *THP (*847) for emergency aid or (615) 862-8600 for non-emergencies.

Attorney Stan Davis recently spoke to Fox 17 News Nashville on television. You can see that interview at the link below.