Car Accident

Woman killed in two-vehicle crash at intersection

by Benjamin Kuhn | June 2nd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN.-  A Nashville woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Elm Hill Pike and Massman Drive on Saturday evening.

According to News 4 Nashville, the victim, 57-year-old Rhonda Rucker, was stopped at the intersection in her Honda CRV when a driver in a 2010 Ford Mustang rear-ended her. The driver of the Mustang, 18-year-old Kevin Camaja, was heading northbound on Elm Hill Pike and reportedly failed to notice the red light.

The force of the crash sent the vehicles careening across Massman Drive and into a ditch. Rucker’s CRV caught fire, and the vehicle became engulfed in flames. Her passenger, Craig Marsh, 37, of Nashville, was able to escape the burning car but was unable to pull Rucker out. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Marsh was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Camaja was in stable condition and was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with severe burn injuries.

The crash is still being investigated, and we will continue to monitor this developing story for updates.

Were you hurt, or did you lose a loved one in a rear-end collision in Nashville? Contact a skilled Nashville car accident lawyer from Ponce Law right away for help. We’ll be ready to help you hold the negligent party accountable, and we’ll seek the maximum compensation possible for you and your loved ones. We can be reached by phone at (844) 204-6765 or by filling out a contact form.

 

 

Car wreck with injuries reported in Belle Meade

by Benjamin Kuhn | June 2nd, 2020

BELLE MEADE, TN. – A car accident with injuries in Belle Meade was reported by the Nashville Police Department on the morning of Tuesday, June 2.

The crash took place at the intersection of Harding Place and Belle Meade Boulevard at 10:32 a.m. The cause of the accident is unknown, as is the severity of any injuries sustained.

Our team is actively monitoring the incident. Expect updates as the situation develops.

The Nashville car accident attorneys of Ponce Law represent those who’ve been hurt by negligence in Nashville and throughout middle Tennessee. We are committed to helping our clients get the compensation they need to pay their medical bills, recoup lost wages, repair or replace damaged property, and move on with their lives. If you’ve been hurt, we’ll be ready to help. Call us toll-free at (844) 648-1678 to schedule your free case evaluation.

Cyclist dies from injuries after Clarksville crash

by Benjamin Kuhn | 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.

 

BREAKING NEWS: Multiple vehicle accident reported on I-24W in Davidson County

by Benjamin Kuhn | June 1st, 2020

DAVIDSON COUNTY, T.N.- A multiple-vehicle collision has been reported on I-24 in Davidson County.

According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, a multiple-vehicle crash occurred at 4:06 p.m. near Exit 47 on I-24 near US-31E and Ellington Parkway. The crash has impacted the flow of traffic in the westbound lanes, with several of the right lanes currently blocked as authorities work to clear the scene. The crash has not impacted eastbound traffic.

Authorities have not yet released details on the number of vehicles involved or if anyone was injured in the crash. We will continue to monitor this situation for further developments.

The Nashville car accident attorneys of Ponce Law represent those who’ve been hurt by negligence in Nashville and throughout middle Tennessee. We are committed to helping our clients get the compensation they need to pay their medical bills, recoup lost wages, repair or replace damaged property, and move on with their lives. If you’ve been hurt, we’ll be ready to help. Call us toll-free at (844) 648-1678 to schedule your free case evaluation.

Fatal crash shuts down I-24 for hours during Monday morning rush hour

by Benjamin Kuhn | June 1st, 2020

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN. – Authorities have reopened parts of I-24 that were shut down this morning following a fatal crash.

According to News 4 Nashville, the crash occurred at around 6:00 a.m. near State Route 840 and I-24 west. Police rerouted westbound traffic until 9:15 a.m. as investigators worked at the scene.

No further details about the crash have been released at this time. We will continue to monitor this developing story and will update this post when they become available.

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.

One killed, five others injured in alcohol-related crash in Nashville

by Benjamin Kuhn | May 28th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN. – Police have charged a 25-year-old Nashville man with vehicular homicide after an alcohol-related crash killed one and injured five others, including two children.

According to News Channel 5, the crash occurred shortly after midnight on Saturday on Haywood Lane. The driver, Robert McMutuary, reportedly crossed the double yellow line and collided with another vehicle head-on.

A passenger in McMutuary’s vehicle, Edward Wilkins, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene. EMS transported McMurtuary, his passenger Derrica Johnson, 29, and two children under the age of five to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The occupants of the other vehicle also suffered non-life-threatening injuries and received medical treatment at a nearby hospital.

Nashville police say that alcohol likely played a factor in the crash. McMurtuary will face criminal charges, including vehicular assault, aggravated child abuse, driving without a license, and failure to show proof of insurance.

The Nashville car accident lawyers of Ponce Law Firm represent those who’ve been hurt due to negligence in our community. We have the skills and resources necessary to help you hold the responsible party accountable. Let us help you get the full and fair compensation you deserve. Our experienced injury attorneys are available 24/7 to take your call. Contact us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online to schedule your free consultation.

See a Stopped Vehicle with Flashing Lights? Move Over!

by Staff Blogger | May 4th, 2020

Seeing a stopped police car, highway patrol cruiser, ambulance, fire engine, or rescue vehicle on the side of the road can make you perk up in your seat. Many drivers suddenly become aware of their speed and driving habits, while others may “rubberneck” and take in the citation, crash scene, or other event that’s taking place. But one thing not all drivers do is move over.

In 2006, Tennessee made it illegal for drivers to not change lanes when approaching stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights. In 2011, the law was expanded to include utility vehicles. And in 2017, the law expanded a third time to include ALL vehicles with flashing lights, including those driven by ordinary people. Unfortunately, many people still fail to abide by this law, even when approaching emergency vehicles, despite it being on the books for nearly 14 years.

The Move Over Law is designed to protect people who must step outside of their vehicles for work or emergency-related purposes. Emergency responders, utility workers, and people waiting for help after crashes or breakdowns are extremely vulnerable to being struck by oncoming traffic. Law enforcement agencies are increasingly cracking down on drivers who don’t move over, and failing to do so can result in an expensive ticket.

At Ponce Law, we believe that the Move Over Law is essential for making Tennessee’s highways and interstates safer for everyone. Our Nashville auto accident lawyers are here to help anyone who was injured by a negligent driver, whether it was due to not moving over or violating any other traffic law. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Young Drivers: Are You Aware of Your Increased Risks?

by Staff Blogger | March 9th, 2020

Many people know that teens are the most at-risk age group among drivers. That’s why their insurance rates are so high and why there’s so much educational material and enforcement campaigns aimed at them. Their inexperience and potentially aggressive driving habits significantly increase their risk of crashes, not to mention their penchant for texting, Snapchatting, or otherwise using their phones while behind the wheel.

But teen drivers aren’t the only young drivers who are at risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, half of all speeding-related deaths involve drivers 21-35. That means that even drivers with a higher level of maturity and several years of experience are still likely to exceed speed limits, putting themselves and others at risk.

In addition, driving while impaired is also more common among younger drivers, especially those who are of age to legally drink in bars and restaurants. Not everyone goes out to become legally intoxicated, but many drivers who have one too many are reluctant to call cabs or use rideshare services to get home. That can be a potentially expensive or even fatal mistake, as the risk of dying in a car crash increases significantly when drivers are over the legal limit.

While there are plenty of age-related risks when it comes to driving, such as impaired vision, slower reaction times, and reduced attention span, younger drivers aren’t immune to risks that are mostly unique to their age group. If you’re a young driver, avoid distractions, don’t speed, and never drive if you’re over the limit.

The Nashville auto accident attorneys at Ponce Law are here to help anyone hurt in a crash caused by someone else’s negligence. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How Are Today’s Vehicle’s Safer Than They Used to Be?

by Staff Blogger | March 4th, 2020

Technology has impacted every aspect of daily life, including vehicles. And while many car buyers are initially most impressed by things like huge touchscreen displays, ambient lighting, and Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, the most important technological advances involve those that reduce their risk of crashes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and since it was founded, auto manufacturers have worked hard to obtain 5-star safety ratings. In recent years, numerous advances have made drivers and passengers safer both on the road and during crashes, including:

  • Airbags—Modern vehicles are equipped with multiple airbags that protect occupants from all angles during crashes.
  • Electronic stability control (ESC)—Whether it’s due to slick roads or taking a corner too fast, losing control of your vehicle is terrifying. ESC helps drivers remain in control in otherwise dangerous situations.
  • Backup cameras—Handy in parking lots, backup cameras were made mandatory in all new vehicles beginning May 1, 2018, due to backover accidents that seriously injure or kill many people, including children, every year.
  • Blind spot detection—Mirrors don’t show you everything when you’re preparing to turn or change lanes, and turning your head means taking your eyes off the road. Blind spot detection means you’ll know if someone is in your blind spot without ever turning your head.
  • Crash-avoidance systems—Some vehicles are capable of taking over in an instant and avoiding crashes on their own. Distractions are always dangerous but sometimes unavoidable, and these high-tech systems apply automatic braking just before impact.

The Nashville auto accident lawyers at Ponce Law are grateful for the ever-improving safety features in today’s vehicles, but we also know that negligent drivers will always be an issue. If you or someone you love was injured because of a careless driver, we’re here to evaluate your claim. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.

3 Tips for Staying Safe on Your Spring Break Road Trip

by Staff Blogger | March 2nd, 2020

Spring is almost here, and that means warm weather and family trips throughout the country or within the great state of Tennessee. For many families, spring break vacations involve driving to their destinations. And when you have a car loaded down with luggage and passengers, it’s more important than ever to drive as safely as possible.

Before you head out on your spring break trip this year, be sure to keep these tips in mind:

  1. Take off early rather than later in the day—Planning on starting your vacation early by leaving late afternoon on a Friday? For safety reasons, you’re better off waiting until Saturday morning. In addition to facing less traffic, you’ll also drive during daylight hours, which is a safer time to be on the road.
  2. Designate a passenger to handle electronic duties—Whether it’s changing radio stations, working your vehicle’s or phone’s navigational system, or answering emails, phone calls, and text messages, having a passenger assigned to those tasks reduces distraction risks for you while driving.
  3. Ensure everyone stays buckled up—If you have kids, you know that they can become restless and antsy during long car rides. But even adults sometimes feel cramped and want to stretch out. However, safety beats comfort any day, and that means seat belts must remain buckled at all times.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville auto accident attorneys hope everyone has a safe and happy spring this year. If you or someone you know is involved in a crash caused by a negligent driver, whether it’s on your road trip or during your daily commute, we want to help. Contact us today.