June 29th, 2020
Many cities, Nashville included, have made strides to become more bicyclist-friendly in recent years. The upsides of more people riding bicycles are obvious: less pollution, less need for parking spaces, and less traffic overall. However, the combination of bicyclists and cars, trucks, and SUVs all sharing the same roads can mean a greater risk of serious accidents—often at the expense of people traveling on two wheels.
Whether you bike daily or occasionally, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks and hazards you face while pedaling. They include:
- Inattentive motorists—By far the biggest risk facing bicyclists is drivers who don’t see them. Make sure your bike has reflectors equipped, that you wear brightly colored clothing, and that you ride cautiously, especially at intersections and on narrow streets.
- Opening car doors—Many streets in residential areas and in the downtown area have street parking. When riding near parked cars, bicyclists run the risk of being injured by opening car doors. To reduce your risk, ride slower and further from vehicles if space allows.
- Road debris and other hazards—Only 7% of bicycle accidents involve colliding with other vehicles. The rest involve bicyclists falling from their bikes or striking objects and hazards in their paths. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, oil slicks, puddles, and fallen tree limbs while riding to stay safe.
At Ponce Law, it’s our goal to uphold the rights of anyone hurt on Nashville’s streets, and that includes bicyclists. Get in touch with our Nashville bicycle accident lawyers today if you were injured while riding—we want to help you get compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.
June 18th, 2020
NASHVILLE, T.N. – The suspect and victim in a hit-and-run accident in West Nashville reported on June 8 have been identified, per a press release from the Nashville Police Department.
According to the memo, 57-year-old Percy Williams was riding a bicycle near Charlotte Avenue and 31st Avenue North when he was hit by a 2004 Pontiac Gram Am driven by Vincent Shinault. After the accident, Shinault put the victim in his car and drove him to a nearby alley. He then dumped his body there and left the scene. Williams was seriously injured — a bystander noticed his body and called 911.
Shinault was eventually arrested for aggravated kidnapping and vehicular assault.
If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville car accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you get the justice and fair compensation they deserve when someone else’s negligence causes them harm. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.
June 9th, 2020
NASHVILLE, T.N. – A bicyclist was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident in west Nashville on the night of Monday, June 8, WKRN reports.
The victim was riding his bike on Charlotte Avenue near 28th Avenue North when he was hit by a red car around 10:30 a.m. The driver of the car reportedly placed the victim in his car before driving off into an alley off of 35th Avenue North. The suspect then left the victim at the side of the road.
A bystander then called the police and the victim was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. The suspect was later located and taken into custody.
The Tennessee bicycle accident attorneys of Ponce Law publish these news stories to help keep those in our community safe. We represent those who’ve been hurt or who’ve lost loved ones due to the reckless, careless, or otherwise negligent actions of others. We hope you find these news stories to be informative and helpful, and if you’ve been hurt, we’ll be ready to help. Call us 24/7 at (844) 648-1678 or reach out to us online to schedule your free case evaluation with a member of our team today.
June 2nd, 2020
CLARKSVILLE, TN. – A cyclist who collided with a car in Clarksville has died from his injuries, according to Clarksville Now.
The collision occurred last Monday at 10:48 p.m. at the intersection of College and 8th Street. The victim has been identified as 65-year-old Douglas Perryman. According to authorities, Perryman was riding his bicycle northbound on 8th Street when he hit the passenger side of a Honda Element that was heading eastbound on College Street.
On Wednesday, outlets reported that Perryman died from his injuries. Our team will continue to monitor this story for any new details or developments.
The Tennessee bike accident lawyers of Ponce Law publish these news stories to help keep those in our community safe. We represent those who’ve been hurt or who’ve lost loved ones due to the reckless, careless, or otherwise negligent actions of others. We hope you find these news stories to be informative and helpful, and if you’ve been hurt, we’ll be ready to help. Call us 24/7 at (844) 648-1678 or reach out to us online to schedule your free case evaluation with a member of our team today.
April 13th, 2020
Whether you bike around town for exercise or as a way of commuting to and from work or school, you know that Nashville’s roads aren’t always the most welcoming places for bicyclists. Even streets with dedicated bike lanes can put cyclists at risk, especially when drivers don’t pay attention or are distracted by their cell phones and other devices. Bicycle accidents result in serious injuries, and that’s why it’s important for injured riders to seek legal representation.
At Ponce Law, our Nashville bicycle accident attorneys believe that riders have every right to use the city’s streets and roads, provided that riding on them is permissible by law. However, many drivers are impatient when driving around bicyclists. They may attempt to pass them in ways that endanger cyclists, or they may fail to give them enough room to maneuver.
It’s our goal to help injured bicyclists get maximum compensation after accidents that weren’t their fault—especially when they were caused by negligent motorists. We know that bicyclists often feel helpless and underrepresented after crashes, and they may believe that others don’t take their injuries seriously. Our own Michael Ponce is an avid cyclist, and the entire firm believes in advocating for the rights of cyclists every chance we get.
If you were hurt in a bicycle accident that wasn’t your fault, we want to speak with you. You have rights to pursue maximum compensation for things like medical bills and lost wages, and it’s our goal to help you get every penny you’re owed. Contact us today for a free consultation.