January 27th, 2020|
After a crash, you need compensation, and it’s clear the other driver was at fault for the accident. After all, the police report, witnesses, and even the other driver all agree on that fact. At that point, it’s safe to cut out the “middle man” and pursue compensation on your own, right? Why call an attorney when you can go it alone after a crash?
Actually, it’s not that simple, and you run serious risks if you forgo legal representation. While it’s true that you may get compensation from the other driver’s insurance company, it’s unlikely to be nearly enough to cover all your medical bills and lost wages, not to mention your future expenses and pain and suffering. In addition, insurance companies are well known for making promises to victims, only to give them the runaround and let the statute of limitations expire.
Don’t Go It Alone After a Crash
Remember, Tennessee’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims is just one year. Insurance companies are well aware of that fact, and they use it to their advantage. They’ll be more than happy to delay the process to close your window of opportunity.
In addition, your injuries may prevent you from working, and you may be in serious pain. The last thing you need is to deal with daily calls from the insurance company or play phone tag with an uncooperative adjuster while you’re trying to get better.
When you don’t have an experienced attorney handling your case, you run risk of getting less compensation than you deserve. People often accept the first offer insurers make, simply because they think they have to. It’s vital to understand that you aren’t obligated to accept the first offer you receive.
Let Ponce Law Help
At Ponce Law, our Nashville car accident lawyers know all of the tricks and tactics insurance companies use to reduce or deny claims outright. We stay one step ahead of them, and we do it while our clients rest, spend time with their families, and recover from their injuries. Best of all, we know how to maximize compensation for victims like you. You can be sure that your check covers all your crash-related expenses—not just the ones you incurred the week after the accident.
Don’t go it alone after a crash. Contact us today for a free consultation to get the help you deserve.
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
- 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.
May 22nd, 2015|
Memorial Day weekend has officially kicked off in Tennessee and officials are expecting it to be an extremely busy weekend for travelers. Estimates show that as many as 755,000 Tennesseans will be traveling more than 50 miles from home over the extended weekend. With so many motorists on the road, our Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law would like to remind the public to keep safety in mind at all times when on the road.
Drivers should remember to obey the law at all times when operating a motor vehicle. This means adhering to the speed limit, refraining from texting or using electronic devices while driving, and by all means, not drinking and driving. For those who fail to adhere to the rules of the road, law enforcement plans to be out in full force this weekend.
According to an article from The Jackson Sun, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will begin increased patrols throughout the state beginning Friday, May 22, at 12:01 A.M. and continuing until Monday, May 25. This will also be a “No Refusal” weekend, meaning officers and troopers will have judges on hand to sign warrants in order to receive breath and blood samples from potentially intoxicated motorists.
At Ponce Law, we recognize the hazards increased traffic volumes can pose to motorists on the highway and our Nashville personal injury lawyers urge all motorists to slow down, buckle up, and drive defensively this Memorial Day weekend.
October 17th, 2014|
Teens are at an especially high risk of being involved in Tennessee car accidents. Numbers show that last year alone, roughly 39,000 crashes in our state involved a driver who was 20-years-old or younger. That’s around 13 percent of all crashes that were recorded in the state last year.
To help reduce the number of teen driving accidents that occur each year in our state, two government agencies are partnering up to promote a teen driving safety campaign next week.
According to an article from News Channel 5, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has declared the week of Oct. 19-25 as Teen Driver Safety Week in Tennessee. Officials say the program aims to give parents the information they need to effectively talk to their children about safe driving, while also getting the conversation going among teens and their peers. Last year, the program unveiled the “5 To Drive” initiative, which touched on the five most dangerous behaviors behind the wheel.
At Ponce Law, we understand the importance of teaching teens safe driving techniques. That’s why our Nashville auto accident attorneys encourage parents to talk to their teen drivers on a regular basis about driving safety. We also urge the use of a teen driving contract, that establishes an agreement between teens and adults that they will not engage in risky behaviors behind the wheel, such as speeding, drinking and driving, texting and driving, or operating vehicles with numerous passengers.
January 17th, 2014|
January 17, 2014
Car Accidents are the greatest hazard many Americans face on a daily basis. More than 40,000 United States citizens are killed each year as the result of motor vehicle collisions, making car accidents the number one cause of death among individuals under 34 years old.
The Nashville Car Accident Lawyers at Ponce Law explain that these statistics leave many citizens wondering what the most dangerous times to drive are, and what they can do to help prevent accidents from happening.
According to a Forbes magazine report, the month of August is the most dangerous month to drive due to higher traffic volumes caused by summer travelers. Furthermore, Saturday was ranked as the most dangerous day of the week to drive for similar reasons.
No matter what month or day of the week it is, you can help make the road a safer place by:
- Driving at Safe Speeds – Excessive rates of travel play a part in roughly 30 percent of all fatal collisions.
- Getting a Sober Ride Home – An estimated 54 percent of fatal nighttime accidents are alcohol related. Instead of getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, call a cab or loved one to get you home safely.
- Avoiding Distractions Behind the Wheel – Studies have shown texting or talking on a cellphone while driving can be as dangerous as driving drunk.
The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are hopeful these tips help to keep you and your family safe while traveling!