According to 2015 figures from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), one intersection in Davidson County had nearly double the car accident and injury rate of any other intersection in Nashville and surrounding areas. That intersection is located at Mt. View Road and Hickory Hollow Parkway, in Antioch.
In 2015, there were 28 accidents at that intersection. The city has responded to this unsafe intersection with a warning sign, alerting drivers on Hickory Hollow’s curve to the potential dangers ahead.
Eight of the 12 most dangerous intersections in Davidson County are located in Antioch, which may come as a surprise given that it does not have the highest traffic volume.
Intersection Accidents Statistics
According to Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and National Automotive Sampling System-General Estimates System (NASS-GES) data, 40 percent of annual automobile accidents in the U.S. occur at intersections. The relative ratio analysis shows that in intersection-related crashes, “turning with obstructed view” is 335 times more likely to be the critical cause of the crash, as compared to non-intersection crashes. Obstructed view is a major cause of accidents at Mt. View and Hickory Hollow, as well, hence the installation of a new warning sign.
What can we do to make intersections safer, as drivers? For starters, keep your eyes on the road and avoid distractions such as smartphones. Second, always come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights, then check both directions – you never know when someone might jump the gun trying to run a yellow light. And, of course, never drive impaired, whether by drugs, alcohol or driver fatigue.
Joshua 1:6, “Be strong and of good courage; for you shall cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.”