Car accidents are one of the leading causes of accidental death every year in the United States, and a recent wreck in Tennessee showed how they continue to be a problem despite modern safety advancements. It is important for all drivers to be aware of the risk whenever they get behind the wheel.

In this recent crash, reports show that multiple vehicles were involved. The accident happened out on I-26, by mile marker 20, in the eastbound lanes. One person was killed, though there are no details out yet about other injuries in the accident. We do know that the incident happened after midnight and that police had to take the time to clear both the eastbound lanes and the westbound lanes, suggesting a certain amount of mayhem.

Authorities from the area say that police officers who responded to the call had to assist two individuals, though it is unclear if this includes the person who died. Typically, they wait to notify the families before they give out too much identifying information.

One important takeaway from this report is that night driving is very dangerous. Drivers face issues like headlight glare, reduced overall visibility, drowsy drivers, increased numbers of drunk drivers — though reports did not say alcohol was involved in this fatal accident — and slower reaction times. These issues can cause crashes that simply would not happen during the day.

Have you lost a loved one in an accident or suffered serious injuries? If so, you need to know what steps you can take to seek out financial compensation after the wreck.