The Tennessee Department of Homeland Security released some statistics about accidents in the area from 2013-2017.  This data is found at www.tn.gov/safety/stats/crashdata.html.  The average is based on the of accidents from 2013-2017. These statistics are illuminating and given the growing population here, I believe these numbers will only increase.

 

County   Avg. # Wrecks   2017 # of Wrecks        Difference
Rutherford 9,833 10,984 +1,151
Davidson 29,769 33,681 +3,912
Coffee 1,481 1,637 +156
Cheatham 896 970 +74
Dickson 1,485 1,642 +157
Williamson 5,183 5,650 +467
Hickman 532 520 -12
Bedford 1,109 1,207 +98
Wilson 3,158 3,610 +452
Maury 2,566 2,832 +266

 

County Avg. # of Injuries   2017# of Injuries Difference
Rutherford 2,657 2,872 +215
Davidson 8,391 9,267 +876
Coffee 371 376 +5
Cheatham 226 234 +8
Dickson 401 480 +79
Williamson 1,063 1,073 +10
Hickman 162 142 -20
Bedford 272 252 -20
Wilson 898 1,026 +128
Maury 662 716 +54

 

The numbers are startling.  In Rutherford County, 2017 saw 1,151 more accidents than the average.  This included 215 more people injured than the average.  Put another way, Rutherford County had 2,468 more car accidents last year than in 2013.  Davidson County had 9,254 more accidents in 2017 than in 2013. That is an increase of just over 25 accidents a day.  Wilson County had 905 more car accidents last year than only 5 years ago.

These numbers are likely to continue to grow and increase as the population continues to grow.  The roads are more congested and dangerous.  Commute times to and from work are increasing.  These increases are not only in large areas like Nashville or Murfreesboro.  The growing congestion and frequency of accidents impacts all of Middle Tennessee.

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