Whether you go see a show at Zanies Comedy Club, head to the Ascend Amphitheater for an outdoor concert with friends, or just enjoy the starry view from the John Seigenthaler pedestrian bridge, you’ll find that Nashville has plenty of entertainment to offer after dark. Night driving comes with risks, though, and you can protect yourself and your passengers by being prepared before going out. 

Read on to learn about five of the biggest dangers you’ll face when driving at night in Nashville, TN, and discover how to stay safe while getting the most out of the vibrant nightlife our city is known for

Drowsy Driving

Overly-tired drivers are one of the top threats associated with night driving, causing collisions that claim thousands of American lives each year. Some experts even say that drowsy driving can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.

A recent study by the National Sleep Foundation found that more than 60% of drivers have gotten behind the wheel with so little sleep that they had trouble keeping their eyes open. It’s always a good idea to be a defensive driver who notices and avoids swerving cars, but you can also be a part of the solution by choosing to be one less sleepy motorist on the road. 

Plan ahead to make sure you get enough rest before a long trip in which you’ll be driving through the night. If you have to drive home at night in Nashville after a long work day, consider having a 20-minute power nap followed by a caffeinated drink. If at all possible, carpool with someone who is more alert

Deadly Roads

Tennessee’s notoriously unsafe roads have earned the state its #9 ranking on the list of most dangerous states to drive in. In fact, two of the interstates with the highest number of fatalities in the US are in Tennessee, and one of them runs right through Nashville. In addition to being the third longest interstate in the US, I-40 is also the third deadliest.

Roads like Gallatin Pike in East Nashville are being redesigned by the city to be safer for both drivers and pedestrians, but this can only go so far. Many believe that the problem can only be solved by more careful driving. While the rush hour traffic on these roads during the day can absolutely lead to accidents, the nighttime has its own perils. 

When there is less traffic on the road at night, many motorists falsely believe they can speed safely. Always follow the speed limits when driving in Nashville at night, even when there are very few cars around you, so that you can react quickly and arrive safely at your destination.

Tourists travel through the streets of downtown Nashville at night.Tourist-Filled Streets

If you are the designated driver making your way down Broadway after dark, you’ll quickly notice that the streets are full of pedestrians. With all the fun to be had on the strip, from ice cream shops to Honky Tonk Highway, tourists and native Nashvillians alike choose to walk from spot to spot.

Unfortunately, this has the potential to create an obstacle for drivers, especially when those pedestrians have been enjoying Music City’s lively bar scene! When driving down a road filled with walkers, remember to slow down and be patient. Everyone benefits from the extra caution.


Tractor Trailers

Big truck drivers are a vital part of our economy, responsible for moving goods into, out of, and throughout the state. Despite the important role they play, Nashville tractor-trailer collisions cause serious harm to those involved. From January to October of this year, Tennessee has already seen 135 fatalities due to crashes with big trucks.

Tractor trailers surely pose a threat during the day, but with their limited visibility and the large amount of space they take up, they are even more dangerous to drive near at night. 

When driving at night, you should always allow big trucks plenty of room, stay in view of their mirrors, and use safe practices when merging or passing near them.

If you’ve been in an accident with a big truck, contact our Nashville truck accident attorneys today.

A deer appears in front of the headlights of a car at night in Nashville.

Deer in the Headlights

During this time of year especially, driving at night is dangerous because of the wildlife that is prevalent in Nashville and the surrounding areas. Wildlife is one of the many factors that add so much beauty to our state, but deer can be responsible for collisions that cause serious injuries to people and damage to their vehicles. 

Deer are much more likely to come in contact with people during this time as it is their “rutting” or mating season, and the males are out and about looking for mates. From October to December, accidents involving deer are much more common, with November being the worst month for these crashes. On top of this, we will soon be seeing much shorter days that allow for less visibility during and after rush hour.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) recommends being particularly cautious near wooded areas where deer may appear at any time. Use your high beams whenever possible, and drive the speed limit so that you can allow yourself a reasonable reaction time if an animal darts into the road.

Injured While Driving at Night?

If you’ve been hurt in a night-driving accident in Nashville, we’re available at all times to take your call and help you recover your damages. The Wolf Pack™ treats our clients like members of the pack. Get your free case review today, and find out how Attorney Phillip S. Georges will fight for you.