May 23rd, 2014|
According to AAA, it’s estimated that over 35 million Americans will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend. That’s a lot of cars on the road. The Nashville car accident attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates would like to remind all those traveling that it only takes a split second for an accident to change your life forever. Make this Memorial Day one to remember for the right reasons. Be safe on the roads with these travel safety tips:
- Plan Ahead—Before you get on the road, know where you’re going, how you’re going to get there, and where you’d like to stop along the way. Make copies of all your insurance or roadside assistance documentation in the case of an emergency, as well as print off maps, even if you plan to use GPS navigation.
- Tune-Up—Get your oil changed, tires checked, and any other routine maintenance done a few days before you leave. It’s important that you drive your newly tuned-up car a day or two before the trip to make sure everything is running properly.
- Entertainment—Six to eight hours in a car with nothing to do makes for a less than ideal traveling experience. Make sure passengers bring books, electronics, or other fun distractions to pass the time.
- Take Turns—Just because you start the trip behind the steering wheel doesn’t mean you have to finish there. Share the responsibility with other potential drivers in the car.
- Take Breaks—Driving fatigued is extremely dangerous. Take a break every couple of hours to stretch your legs, get something to eat and drink, or use the restroom.
May 12th, 2014|
While most Tennessee drivers understand the dangers of car accidents caused by distracted driving, the behavior is becoming more common than ever before. Studies show that as many as 80 percent of drivers admit to being aware of the risks of distracted driving. However, there’s been a steady yearly increase in the number of crashes associated with motorists not paying attention.
The Daily Helmsman reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined as many as nine people die each day as a result of distracted driving accidents. Cellphones aren’t the only distractions on the road though. Researchers have divided driver distractions into three distinct categories, including:
- Visual- A distraction that takes a motorist’s eyes off the road.
- Manual– Anything that forces a driver’s hands off the wheel.
- Cognitive- Something that takes a driver’s mind or focus off of driving.
So what’s being done to prevent distracted driving in Tennessee? Laws have been created that ban bus drivers and new or inexperienced motorists from using cellphones to text message while behind the wheel. Some cities have also adopted ordinances that can be used to punish suspected distracted drivers.
While laws provide a sense of accountability, most experts will agree that a major shift in attitudes amongst motorists regarding distracted driving is the only way to reduce the number of crashes associated with the behavior.
The Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law explain one of the best ways to change drivers’ attitudes is to make putting cellphones down while driving a habit. Citizens should also never hesitate to encourage others to put their phone down when behind the wheel.
November 15th, 2013|
November 15, 2013
Distracted driving is a major problem on the highways of Tennessee, especially among teenage motorists. A Pew Research Center study found 34 percent of 16-17-year-old drivers admitted to texting and driving, with as many as 77 percent of teen participants saying they could safely text and drive.
The Nashville Car Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that despite this false sense of safety, a total of 65 teens lost their lives on Tennessee roadways last year. Many of those fatalities were attributed to distracted driving.
A new trend in distracted driving may be contributing to the high fatality rates associated with the behavior. According to an article from WSMV 4 News, millions of photos are popping up on social media networks of users snapping images of themselves while behind the wheel of vehicles. The behavior, known as taking a “selfie”, can present serious dangers considering the amount of time the driver’s eyes are off the road. Some of those taking the photos are aware of how risky the behavior is and acknowledge it by adding the caption #livingdangerously.
The trend has parents questioning what they can do to keep their teens safe. Michael D. Ponce & Associates and their team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers urge parents to address the numerous dangers of distracted driving with their teens by consistently discussing the issue candidly and honestly.