December 7th, 2015|
Taking your eyes off of the road for a split second to see a text or make a call on your cellphone can leave you seriously injured in a crash. The Goodlettsville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law explain this situation plays out all too often here in Tennessee.
Data from a National Safety Council report ranks the Volunteer State as having the highest percentage of highway fatalities attributed to distractions caused by cellphones. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security says that there have been as many as 1,300 Tennessee distracted driving accidents so far this year.
There is hope to bringing an end to distracted driving in our state, though. State Rep. John Holsclaw is planning to introduce a bill that builds on the state’s current law that prohibits motorists from talking on a cellphone unless they are using a hands-free device.
According to The Tennessean, Holsclaw stated he is introducing the bill because the wording of the current regulations make it difficult for police and highway patrol officials to enforce the law. The bill’s first opportunity for consideration will come in January.
Stricter distracted driving laws could significantly improve safety on our highways, but it’s important to recognize that not all accidents can be prevented. That’s why the legal staff at Ponce Law believes it’s important to know what to do after the auto accident.
November 13th, 2015|
A tragic accident in Williamson County earlier this week claimed the life of one motorist and left a worker for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) seriously injured. The incident also highlights the importance of our state’s “Move Over” law.
Reports indicate the crash happened at around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, along State Route 840. The 62-year-old driver of a 2008 Saturn Aura was eastbound along the highway when it plowed into the rear of a TDOT truck. The impact of the collision caused the truck to lurch forward and push the TDOT worker—who was picking up trash outside of the vehicle at the time of the crash—over a guardrail.
The driver died as a result of the collision, and the TDOT worker sustained serious injuries that were treated at a local hospital after the auto accident.
The incident highlights the importance of our state’s “Move Over” law in preventing these types of accidents. The Department of Safety and Homeland Security outlines the details of the regulation on their website. Drivers are required to move over a lane when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with its lights activated.
The legal staff at Ponce Law would like to send our deepest sympathies to the family of the motorist and wish the injured worker a speedy and full recovery. Our Goodlettsville car accident attorneys would also like to remind motorists to always move over every time they encounter a stopped emergency response vehicle.
September 30th, 2015|
One of the best ways to protect yourself from serious car accident injuries is to always wear your seat belt. Unfortunately, many Tennesseans choose not to buckle up, and in some parts of the state, it’s costing a growing number of motorists their lives.
In 2015, slightly less than half of all fatal motor vehicle collisions in Tennessee have involved a motorist or passenger who was unrestrained at the time of the crash. In Bedford and Hawkins counties, a lack of seat belt use has been associated with a swelling number of deadly collisions.
Law enforcement in The Volunteer State is working to address this problem though, and agencies will soon have a new resource. According to an article from WKRN News, the Tennessee Highway Patrol was selected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to lead a new pilot program that will promote occupant safety enforcement.
As part of the program, agencies will collect data on seat belt, child safety seat, and motorcycle helmet usage on a monthly basis. The data will then be submitted to the NHTSA for analysis.
We take pride in promoting motor vehicle safety at Ponce Law, and our Goodlettsville car accident attorneys are hopeful the new program inspires more Tennesseans to buckle up while traveling.
August 5th, 2015|
You never know when a motor vehicle collision is going to occur, so it pays to be prepared. The Goodlettsville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law point out that one of the best ways to protect yourself from injury or death while driving is to wear your seat belt. However, recent data indicates that fewer Tennessee motorists are using this lifesaving piece of equipment than in previous years.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that seat belts have been shown to reduce crash-related injuries and deaths by around 50 percent. These numbers are why state law requires all motorists and passengers to buckle up. Yer despite state regulations requiring their use and a recent increase in the penalties for not using a seat belt, more and more Tennesseans are choosing not to buckle up.
WKRN 2 News says that a survey conducted by the University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found only 86.2 percent of motorists on our state’s roads were buckled up. That’s a 1.5 percent decrease from previous survey results.
At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers would like to urge you to do your part to stay safe on the road by simply buckling up each and every time you get into a vehicle.
February 16th, 2015|
A massive winter front blew through Middle Tennessee overnight, bringing treacherous driving conditions along roads and highways in Nashville and the surrounding areas.
Dozens of car accidents have been reported around Davidson County. Among them, ABC 2 News reports a Tennessee truck accident involving two jackknifed tractor-trailers along I-24 W in Rutherford County.
So what can you do to avoid an accident while you thaw out from the snow and ice? The Goodlettsville car accident attorneys with Ponce Law suggest only leaving your house if it’s necessary. Staying off the roads is the safest thing you can do until the snow and ice melts. If you must drive during this weather, remember these tips to help keep you safe:
- Buckle Up– Wearing a seat belt is one of the best ways to protect yourself in the event you’re involved in an accident.
- Drive Slowly– Travel at speeds that allow you to control the vehicle’s pace on icy streets.
- Watch for ice– Slow down significantly when you see icy patches in the road.
- Don’t Slam Your Brakes– If you lose control of your vehicle due to a loss of traction on the road, the last thing you’ll want to do is apply heavy pressure to the brakes. Instead, shift into a lower gear. If the vehicle begins to spin, lightly apply pressure to the gas pedal and turn into the spin. This should help you regain control of the vehicle.
At Ponce Law, we know the hazards winter weather can pose on the road, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers are hopeful these tips help keep you safe during this storm.