Pedestrian Accident

Don’t Take Safety for Granted on Nashville’s Sidewalks and Crosswalks

by Staff Blogger | November 25th, 2020

There’s no safer place for pedestrians in Music City than sidewalks and crosswalks. But too many pedestrians view these areas as impenetrable forcefields that protect them from any and all dangers. While they’re certainly safer than walking on shoulders or jaywalking, you’re still at risk, and that means you must remain vigilant.

The biggest self-inflicted risk factor that pedestrians face is distraction. Locals who enjoy walking and running may think nothing of using ear buds or even chatting on the phone while they’re out and about. Tourists may have their eyes glued to their phones while they look up directions, hail rideshares, or book reservations.

All of these activities can be dangerous when you’re walking, even if you’re on a sidewalk or crosswalk. That’s because drivers aren’t always paying attention to where they’re going or whether pedestrians are in their path. That means it’s up to you to make sure the coast is clear when you’re walking with both your eyes and ears.

Look both ways before crossing the street, even if you have a “Walk” signal. Keep checking lanes of traffic as you cross. In addition, avoid listening to music while walking, as doing so can block important traffic noise and the sounds of approaching vehicles. Finally, keep your head up and eyes pointed forward the entire time you’re walking, so that you have a better view of your surroundings.

And if you’re ever hurt in a pedestrian accident that wasn’t your fault, the Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers at Ponce Law are here to help you maximize your chances of getting paid. Call today for a free consultation.

Crash alert: Hit-and-run driver sought after pedestrian struck on Dickerson Pike

by Ponce Law | November 23rd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Police are searching for the driver who struck a pedestrian in Nashville Friday night and then left the scene.

According to WSMV, 37-year-old Maurice Ferguson was hit by a car in the southbound lane of Dickerson Pike at about 9:30 p.m. Ferguson was standing outside of a crosswalk at the time, police said.

He was critically injured in the accident and transported to Skyline Medical Center. Investigators say the car involved in the incident fled the area. It was described as a 2006 to 2012 silver Chevrolet Impala.

Anyone with information about the crash or the vehicle was asked to contact Nashville Police.

When you have been injured in a pedestrian accident by a reckless driver who leaves the scene, you deserve financial compensation for the expenses you have incurred. At Ponce Law, our Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys may be able to help you acquire damages for past and future medical expenses related to the accident, lost wages while unable to work during recovery, and pain and suffering.  Call us 24/7 at (844) 204-6765 or fill out a free initial consultation form to get started.

Crash alert: Police identify worker fatally struck by pickup on Lebanon Pike

by Ponce Law | November 23rd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Metro Police have released additional details about a worker fatally struck by a vehicle in Nashville last week, WKRN reports.

This is an update to a previous story.

Police identified the victim as 64-year-old Lawrence Bledsoe. He was picking up traffic cones on Lebanon Pike when the accident occurred in a construction zone Thursday at about 4:30 p.m.

According to investigators, Bledsoe was standing outside a stationary Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when it was hit by another pickup, sending the Silverado into a spin and causing it to hit Bledsoe. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the Silverado had a functioning arrow that was directing traffic to the left at the time.

The driver of the other pickup suffered minor injuries. He told police his view of the road was obstructed by the sun when the crash occurred.

Police said charges are pending, saying the driver was going too fast for the road conditions and failed to move over.

If you’ve been injured by a motorist who violated the laws that keep pedestrians safe on the roads of Tennessee, you have legal rights to compensation. At Ponce Law, we’re here to help you get the money you’re owed for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, so that you can focus on getting better. Our experienced Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys stand ready to provide the legal help you need. We’re here 24/7 to take your call. You can reach us at (844) 204-6765 or online.

Crash alert: Pedestrian struck and killed by pickup truck on Lebanon Pike

by Ponce Law | November 20th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Metro Nashville Police tweeted that they were on the scene of a fatal pedestrian accident Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened at 1901 Lebanon Pike shortly before 3:45 p.m. A pedestrian who was picking up traffic cones near a construction project was struck and killed by a pickup truck, police said.

The inbound lanes of Lebanon Pike were shut down, and traffic was being diverted onto Briley Parkway.

If you’ve been injured by a motorist who violated the laws that keep pedestrians safe, you have legal rights to compensation. At Ponce Law, we’re here to help you get the money you’re owed for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, so that you can focus on getting better. Our experienced Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys will take the time to get to know your needs, as well as work hard to achieve them. We’re here 24/7 to take your call. You can reach us at (844) 204-6765 or online.

Crash alert: Calls for added safety measures in Nashville amid record year for pedestrian deaths

by Ponce Law | November 17th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Safety advocates are calling for added measures to protect pedestrians in Nashville after deaths have risen to a record high this year, News Channel 5 reports.

The advocacy group Walk Bike Nashville says 34 pedestrians have already been killed in Nashville in 2020 compared to 30 in all of 2019, the previous record high. Among the most recent cases involved a man killed while crossing the intersection at Old Hickory Boulevard, which the group has called one of the city’s most dangerous streets.

Lindsey Ganson of Walk Bike Nashville told News Channel 5 the group favors a number of added steps to enhance pedestrian safety, including adding crosswalks and narrowing traffic lanes to encourage motorists to drive more slowly. “These deaths really are preventable, we can stop people from being killed while walking,” Ganson was quoted as saying.

She added that certain streets have been especially dangerous for pedestrians recently, including Charlotte Pike, Murfreesboro Road, Gallatin Pike and Nolensville Road.

If you’ve been injured by a motorist who violated the laws that keep pedestrians safe, you have legal rights to compensation. At Ponce Law, we’re here to help you get the money you’re owed for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, so that you can focus on getting better. Our experienced Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys will take the time to get to know your needs, as well as work hard to achieve them. We’re here 24/7 to take your call. You can reach us at (844) 204-6765 or online.

Crash alert: Police identify woman fatally struck by train in Antioch

by Ponce Law | November 16th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A woman who was fatally struck by a train in Antioch last week has been identified, according to the Tennessean.

This is an update to a previous story.

Metro police said the victim was 47-year-old Katherine Taflinger of Nashville.  According to police, she was hit by a CSX freight train on Wednesday afternoon while walking on tracks near Crossings Boulevard and Mt. View Road.  Investigators said she did not respond to the train’s horn, and the incident is believed to have been an accident.

No one else was injured.

If you have been the victim of an accident involving a train, the Nashville train accident lawyers at Ponce Law may be able to help you. We have years of experience getting compensation for people who suffered injuries through no fault of their own, and we want to help you get the money you deserve. Our expert legal team is available to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can call us at (844) 204-6765 or complete a free initial consultation form.

Crash alert: Pedestrian struck and killed by truck in Hermitage

by Ponce Law | November 13th, 2020

HERMITAGE, TN – A pedestrian trying to cross a road in Hermitage Wednesday night was fatally struck by a truck, according to Fox 17 Nashville.

The incident happened in the 5000 block of Old Hickory Boulevard near Lebanon Pike at about 6 p.m. The victim, identified as 39-year-old Benjamin Wade of Mt. Juliet, was hit by a tanker truck and died at the scene.

The driver of the truck, a Murfreesboro man, is not facing any charges. Investigators said he was driving under the speed limit at the time of the crash. Police say the area where it occurred is not illuminated by street lights.

Pedestrians are vulnerable to all kinds of vehicles on the roadways of Tennessee. If you have been injured or lost someone you love in a pedestrian accident, our experienced Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys are determined to help you get the money you’re owed for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We’ll help prepare a strong claim on your behalf, and we’ll push back on the big insurance companies. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

Crash alert: Woman on tracks in Antioch struck and killed by train

by Ponce Law | November 12th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – An investigation is underway after a woman was struck and killed by a train in Antioch, WSMV reports.

The incident happened Wednesday afternoon at about 2:10 p.m. as the woman reportedly walked on tracks in the area of Crossings Boulevard and Mount View Road.  Officials said she was hit by a CSX freight train and died of her injuries. The victim’s identity was not released.  The crew on the train was not hurt.

CSX issued a statement expressing its sympathies over the fatal incident, and said it was supporting local law enforcement in the investigation.

There are many types of train accidents, and our Nashville train accident lawyers at Ponce Law have the experience and resources to build strong claims for anyone who was hurt by a train due to another person’s or party’s negligence. When you contact us, we’ll investigate the accident, work to determine who was at fault and do everything in our power to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us 24/7 at (844) 204-6765 or fill out a free initial consultation form to get started.

Crash alert: Suspect sought after woman fatally struck in Nashville parking lot

by Ponce Law | November 10th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Authorities are searching for the driver who ran over and killed a woman in Nashville early Monday morning.

WKRN reports the incident occurred at the Marathon Market on Jefferson Street at about 1:45 a.m. The woman was run over by a silver 2012-2014 model Hyundai Elantra as she was lying down in the store parking lot. The victim, identified as 32-year-old Ashley Rodgers, was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Police said the driver went to a nearby restaurant after the crash and then fled the area before officers arrived. Investigators are trying to determine whether there was any connection between the driver and the victim, and whether Rodgers may have been intentionally struck.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact authorities.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys have experience investigating the causes of pedestrian accidents, and we’ll work hard to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence.  If you have been injured or lost a loved one, we will help you through the legal process and may be able to acquire damages for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

Crash alert: 85-year-old pedestrian struck by vehicle in parking lot

by Ponce Law | November 5th, 2020

FAIRFIELD GLADE, TN – An elderly woman was injured when she was struck by a vehicle in Cumberland County Wednesday. 1057 News reports the incident happened in the parking lot of Food City near Peavine Road in Fairfield Glade.

According to police, 85-year-old Frances Fuentes was hit by a vehicle driven by 59-year-old Michele L. Alfont of California. Investigators said it happened when Alfont was backing up as Fuentes was walking in between a parking isle.

Fuentes was knocked to the ground and hospitalized at Cumberland Medical Center. No information was released on her condition.

It marked the 8th time this year that a pedestrian has been hit by a vehicle in the county, and police issued a reminder to drivers to be extra cautious when traveling in congested parking lots.

Despite laws that protect pedestrians’ right of way in intersections and driveways, a variety of collisions are caused by negligent motorists. Our Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys have experience investigating the causes of pedestrian accidents, and we’ll work hard to secure financial compensation if you have been injured in such an incident. We’re available 24/7 to take your call at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online.