Sadly, on May 20, a man was killed in a wrong-way accident in west Nashville on River Road Pike.
According to WKRN-TV, the accident took place at about 11 p.m. The station reported that a 47-year-old man was riding in a car with his 43-year-old sister when another vehicle crossed into their traffic lane, striking them.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The woman, who was driving the vehicle, was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle that crossed into traffic also sustained minor injuries.
The person driving the vehicle that crossed into traffic told investigators that she saw something in the road when she slammed on her brakes to avoid hitting it. However, the vehicle began to slide into oncoming traffic, striking the other vehicle. Investigators said that there were no signs of alcohol at the accident scene.
Why Do Wrong-Way Accidents Occur? How Can I Avoid One?
Last November, we discussed why wrong-way accidents occur. Common causes included drunk driving, medical emergencies, debris in roadways, defective auto parts and confused drivers.
Sadly, these wrong-way accidents often lead to fatalities. News outlets, including USA Today, have reported that vehicle occupants are 27 percent more likely to die in wrong-way crashes than in standard accidents.
Most wrong-way accidents are avoidable. Because of this, you may be able to hold a negligent driver liable following a crash, or you may be able to pursue a lawsuit against a manufacturer if a defect played a role an incident.
“The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” – Psalms 118:6