August 20th, 2014|
Pedestrian accidents are a serious problem in Tennessee, especially in more populated areas like Davidson County. Data from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security shows that Davidson County has the second highest pedestrian fatality count in the state, accounting for 55 deaths from 2004 to present.
One Nashville pedestrian accident has prompted officials in the region to prevent similar incidents. One of the actions taken was the installation of a new crosswalk and signage at the location where a 9-year-old girl was struck and seriously injured by a motor vehicle last year.
The incident occurred at the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Sonya Drive in Bellevue. A vehicle failed to recognize the girl as she attempted to cross and she was struck. WSMV 4 News says that now, the crossing features a painted walkway as well as lighted directional signs for pedestrians.
The Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce law applaud the efforts being made to better protect pedestrians in Middle Tennessee. We also suggest following these safety tips when walking:
- Obey all traffic signals.
- Carry a light when walking before dawn or after dusk.
- Wear light-colored or reflective clothing.
- Look twice in all directions when crossing the street.
- Assume drivers do not see you when walking.
December 2nd, 2013|
December 2, 2013
As the end of the year approaches and the holidays get into full swing, many citizens and officials are beginning to focus on highway safety. The Nashville Car Accident Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce and Associates explain this focus may partially be due to an increase in fatal collisions in the state.
According to an article from The Tennessean, the state recorded a total of 888 fatal accidents by the beginning of November. The numbers being reported from certain areas in the state are even more distubring. Bedford County reported its number of highway fatalities recently doubled, while Maury County says it has seen three times as many fatal accidents compared to last year’s total.
The state is working to curb the problem though, by working with state and local law enforcement agencies to provide funding for additional campaigns and manpower aimed at taking the most dangerous drivers off the road.
Statistics show drunk driving is a leading cause of fatal accidents. That is why the Governor’s Highway Safety Office is providing grants to allow law enforcement agencies to regularly conduct sobriety checkpoints.
Michael D. Ponce & Associates and their team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers drivers face and ask motorists to do their part to stay safe by slowing down, buckling up, and always driving defensively.