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New Year’s Eve Safety Tips to Keep in Mind

by Staff Blogger | December 30th, 2015

Avoid an Accident This New Year

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and many Tennesseans are making their plans for the holiday. To help make your holiday fun and safe, the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law offer some suggestions that can help you avoid an accident.

Fireworks Safety

Each year, hundreds of injuries involving fireworks are reported around the New Year’s holiday. These injuries can range from burns to the loss of appendages.

To help avoid such injuries, we suggest leaving fireworks to the professionals. Here are several Tennessee fireworks displays that will be taking place on New Year’s Eve.

If you decide to set off your own fireworks, be sure to have a fire extinguisher readily available. Also, remember to never let children handle fireworks and to never attempt to pick up an undetonated product.

Drunk Driving Accidents

The number of crashes involving intoxicated motorists tends to spike around this time of year as well. To help reduce drunk driving accidents this year, Tennessee law enforcement will enact a “No Refusal” policy during the coming weekend. This means judges will be on hand to sign search warrants for blood and breath samples from suspected drunk drivers.

You can do your part to prevent drunk driving accidents by utilizing a designated driver to get home safely. It’s also important to report any suspected drunk drivers to the proper authorities.

Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

One of our missions at Ponce Law is to educate the public about the importance of always keeping safety in mind. We hope these tips help you to stay happy and accident-free into the New Year!

Tennessee Law Enforcement Working to Prevent Accidents This Holiday Season

by Staff Blogger | December 23rd, 2015

The holidays are upon us and many Tennesseans will soon be packing up to visit friends or family. During this particular season, it’s important to keep in mind the increased chances of being involved in a motor vehicle collision.

The number of serious car accidents recorded in Tennessee notoriously skyrockets during the final weeks of the year. The Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law explain that it could be a rise in traffic volume or a swelling number of drunk drivers on the road after enjoying the holiday festivities. Regardless of why the crashes happen, law enforcement agencies from across the state are stepping up their efforts to keep our roads safe.

WKRN 2 News reports the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be partnering with local agencies during the coming days to conduct the annual “Booze It and Lose It” operations. The campaign kicked off on Friday, December 18, at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce in Murfreesboro, and will continue through January 3. During that time, troopers and officers will focus their efforts on taking dangerous drivers off of the road through the use of sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.

At Ponce Law, we’re aware of the hazards that can come with traveling during the holidays and our team of attorneys is hopeful the efforts being made to keep intoxicated motorists off the road is successful in preventing drunk driving accidents from occurring.

Tennessee Launches New Campaign to Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents

by Staff Blogger | December 16th, 2015

Tennessee has been working to reduce drunk driving accidents for years by utilizing educational campaigns. After the last program came under heavy public scrutiny, state officials have announced funding has been secured to launch a new anti-DUI initiative.

An article from The Tennessean explains the state awarded an $11.5 million contract to an Austin-based marketing firm to create the new campaign. Documents show plans to not only focus on preventing drunk driving, but also other hazards of the road, such as motorcycle safety and seatbelt usage.

Work on the new project has already begun, with the fresh contract launching on Dec. 9. The campaign will end in Dec. 2020.

The new campaign comes on the heels of heavy backlash aimed at the state’s previous anti-DUI campaign after many of the program’s messages were deemed sexist and inappropriate. Officials stated the campaign was to be aimed at a young, male demographic, but also cited poor oversight as the reason the messages were released.

At Ponce Law, we understand the important role education plays in preventing drunk driving. That’s why our Nashville car accident lawyers are hopeful the new campaign will be successful in getting motorists to think twice before getting behind the wheel after drinking.

Tennessee Ranks as Tenth Most Dangerous State for Drivers

by Staff Blogger | December 2nd, 2015

There’s always a risk of being involved in an accident—no matter where you drive. But certain places can be more dangerous than others. That’s why the Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law think you should be aware of just how hazardous Tennessee’s highways can be.

WKRN 2 News says a recent poll ranked Tennessee as the tenth most dangerous U.S. state to drive in. The state recorded a fatality rate of 15.3 deaths per 100,000 drivers, which is 5.0 deaths greater than the national average.

These numbers leave many motorists wondering what they can do to keep our roads safe. Here are a few tips:

  • Watch your speed- Traveling too fast is listed as a contributing factor in roughly one-third of all fatal accidents. So, always be sure to follow the posted speed limit.
  • Buckle up- A majority of fatal accidents involve victims not properly restrained at the time of a crash. Wearing a seatbelt can significantly reduce the chances of being harmed in a collision.
  • Don’t drink and drive- Each year, thousands of Tennesseans are injured or killed as the result of drunk driving accidents. You can avoid these collisions by always using a designated driver.

At Ponce Law, we hope these tips help you enjoy safer travels!

“Speak Up” Event Helps Tennessee Teens Avoid Car Accidents

by Staff Blogger | November 6th, 2015

Teens tend to be involved in a disproportionate number of motor vehicle crashes. Data indicates a total of 357 teens between ages 15-19 were killed in Tennessee car accidents between 2010-2014. Drunk and distracted driving was also found to play a role in a large number of these crashes.

To help raise awareness about teen drunk driving accidents, as well as the dangerous distractions using handheld electronic devices can cause, a program will be held this Saturday, Nov. 7, at Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to the Franklin Home Page, the “Speak Up” event will feature:

  • Performances by local and regional recording artists
  • Rock climbing
  • Games
  • Bounce houses
  • Face painting

More importantly though, the event will focus on eliminating distractions and driving sober through a crash simulation. A mock crash scene will be set up with actors portraying the victims and real emergency crews responding to the scene. The simulation will end with a landing and takeoff of a LifeFlight helicopter. The hope is that those who witness the event will think twice about their actions behind the wheel.

There will also be several workshops taking place that discuss the risks of drinking and distracted driving.

Keeping drivers safe on our state’s roads is a top priority for the Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law. That’s why our team encourages you to attend “Speak Up” with either by yourself or with a young driver in your life.

Nashville Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Give Important Halloween Safety Tips

by Staff Blogger | October 30th, 2015

Halloween is often filled with excitement for both adults and children as we put on our spookiest outfits and make our way door-to-door in search of candy. Still, it’s important to remember that the chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident increase on this particular holiday.

Studies have shown car accident totals on Halloween are dramatically higher than most other days of the year. Dr. Purnima Unni from Monroe Carrell, Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville tells WKRN News 2  that children are around four times more likely to be struck by a vehicle on October 31.

To help reduce the number of accidents in Middle Tennessee this Halloween, our Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers at Ponce Law would like to suggest taking these precautions this Halloween:

  • See and be seen– It’s crucial that children’s costumes fit properly to avoid tripping hazards. Masks, hats, and make-up should not impede vision as well. To help make you more visible to motorists, carry a flashlight or other light source. You can also consider incorporating reflective or glow-in-the-dark materials in your costume.
  • Obey traffic laws– Trick-or-Treaters should remember to use sidewalks where they’re available, and always cross the street at crosswalks. Motorists should adhere to all traffic laws, including those against speeding and driving while distracted.
  • If driving, stay sober– Driving under the influence is a leading cause of motor vehicle collisions on Halloween. You can do your part to avoid drunk driving accidents on Halloween by finding a safe and sober way to get home, such as a cab, Uber, Lyft, or loved one.

We hope these tips help you to have a safe and happy Halloween!

$17.8 Million Awarded to Improve Tennessee Highway Safety

by Staff Blogger | September 21st, 2015

There’s an old adage that the best defense is a good offense—and it can certainly be applied to the idea of highway safety. The Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law are excited to learn that hundreds of agencies in the state will receive funding to make Tennessee roads safer.

According to WATE 6 News, $17.8 million was granted to Tennessee organizations and agencies to improve highway safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is providing the funding via the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

Tennessee’s Department of Transportation Commissioner, John Schroer, explained Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cocke, Cumberland, Hawkins, Jefferson, Knox, McMinn, Roane, Scott, and Sevier counties would each receive a portion of the awards. The money will be used to fund programs that provide safety training and public education, as well as enforcement of laws that can prevent speeding, distraction, and drunk driving accidents.

At Ponce Law, we believe that a well-rounded highway safety plan can help reduce accidents, injuries, and fatalities on our roads. We’re hopeful these funds will to not only improve our current highway safety programs, but also help to create new ways to reduce motor vehicle collisions in Tennessee.

Officials Work to Reduce Drunk Driving Accidents in Tennessee

by Staff Blogger | August 19th, 2015

Drinking and driving continues to plague Tennessee roadways. Over the past decade, there have been 74,451 drunk driving accidents reported in the state. A total of 6,645 of those collisions were recorded in 2014.—meaning there were roughly 18 accidents involving a driver under the influence of alcohol per day last year.

To help combat the problem, organizations from around the state are beginning to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.

The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office has announced they will be conducting their annual “Booze It and Lose It” campaign throughout the weeks of Aug. 19 – Sept. 7. The program will utilize messages on billboards, as well as an increase in the volume of officers and troopers on patrol.

The Sevierville Police Department says they will also be working to reduce Tennessee drunk driving accidents as Labor Day approaches. According to WVLT 8 News, the agency plans to use a number of sobriety checkpoints to deter people from driving under the influence.

At Ponce Law, we are aware of how important it is to keep drunk drivers off of the roads. Our Nashville car accident attorneys are hopeful these campaigns are successful, and we encourage you to do your part by utilizing a sober driver to get you home safely after consuming alcohol.

Record Low Number of Tennessee Car Accidents Over Thanksgiving Weekend

by Staff Blogger | December 12th, 2014

The holidays can be a busy time on the highways of Tennessee, and this year is no exception. Thanksgiving was expected to be one of the busiest travel periods of the year, with millions of motorists taking to the road. Despite the increased traffic volume, the Tennessee car accident total was lower than at has been in many years.

Clarksville Online reports that data from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security shows there were only four fatal Tennessee car accidents over Thanksgiving weekend. This was the lowest number of traffic-related deaths over during this particular time period since 1983, when seven people were killed in traffic collisions.

Law enforcement report that none of the fatal crashes were considered drunk driving accidents, and two of the victims were wearing seatbelts.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s participation in the I-40 Challenge may have been part of the difference, considering none of the fatal accidents occurred on the Interstate during the campaign. The challenge had troopers patrolling for motorists violating speed limit, seat belt, and distracted driving laws every 20 miles along I-40.

At Ponce Law, we’re happy to see Tennessee highway safety improving. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers would like to encourage you to continue practicing safe driving habits by:

  • Slowing Down- Obey the posted speed limit—it’s there to keep you safe.
  • Buckling Up- Wearing a seat belt will drastically reduce your chances of being harmed in a crash.
  • Driving  Defensively- Obey all traffic signals, avoid aggressive driving habits, and never get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated.