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Driving While Impaired Doesn’t Just Refer to Alcohol Intoxication

by Staff Blogger | September 16th, 2020

The risks of driving under the influence of alcohol are well known. Law enforcement agencies and public health organizations spend a lot of money on education and enforcement campaigns. In addition, there’s a good chance you’ve even driven through a DUI checkpoint or two in your life.

But alcohol isn’t the only thing that causes impairment—or increases the risk of being involved in a crash. Certain types of drugs can also make you significantly more dangerous to others behind the wheel. Those drugs aren’t necessarily illegal, either, as many prescription and even over-the-counter medications have the potential to cause impairments to focus, memory, motor skills, and more.

Examples of dangerous drugs include:

  • Medications that cause drowsiness—These medications often have warnings on their boxes or labels. They include everything from allergy medications and sleep aids to anti-anxiety drugs and anti-depressants.
  • Marijuana—In addition to being illegal in TN, marijuana can also impair drivers’ ability to accurately judge distances and speed. They also may experience impaired reaction times, making it more difficult for them to avoid sudden movements from other drivers.
  • Amphetamines—This type of drug is available both in prescription and street form, and it can cause drivers to be more aggressive and erratic behind the wheel. Safe driving is all about being cool, calm, and collected—all of which are difficult to be on amphetamines.

It’s important to ask your doctor about whether it’s safe to drive when you’re prescribed a new medication. In addition, check the labels of any medications you take, even over-the-counter ones, as drowsiness is a common side effect.

At Ponce Law, it’s our goal to help anyone hurt in a crash caused by a negligent driver, whether they were impaired or simply didn’t follow traffic laws. If you or someone you love was injured, contact our Nashville auto accident lawyers today for a free consultation.

Driver killed in Bellevue accident identified

by Ponce Law | June 22nd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Authorities have released the identity of a driver killed in a collision in Bellevue early Friday morning, according to wsmv.com.

This is an update to a previous story.

The crash was reported at 12:11 a.m. on Highway 100 and Temple Road.  The victim was identified by Metro Nashville Police as 20-year-old Anna Miller of Franklin.

According to investigators, she was driving a Honda Accord south on Temple Road when she reportedly stopped in the intersection for a flashing red light. At that point, her vehicle was struck by a Mercedes sedan which had a flashing yellow light, police said.

Miller was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt Medical Center. The driver of the Mercedes and his passenger were not seriously injured.  Police will conduct toxicology testing on the Mercedes driver, but the initial investigation showed “no evidence of alcohol involvement”.

Authorities said that Miller’s failure to yield the right of way was considered a preliminary contributing factor in the accident.

If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville car accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you get the justice and fair compensation they deserve when someone else’s negligence causes them harm. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

Smartphone App Aims to Reduce Distracted Driving Among Teens

by Staff Blogger | March 9th, 2015

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in Middle Tennessee—especially amongst teenagers. In fact, 78 percent of young drivers admit to checking texts on a cellphone while behind the wheel of a vehicle, while 75 percent say they have sent texts while driving.

But advancements in technology are helping people combat this issue. The Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law explain that applications for smartphones can be used to keep drivers from using their devices while vehicles are in motion.

An article from Action News 5 elaborates on how a smartphone app called Canary informs parents whenever a teen driver uses a cellphone while in a moving car. The app detects when the phone is unlocked or operated inside of a moving vehicle. When this occurs, it sends an alert to parents’ phones.

While technology may help reduce distracted driving accidents, awareness of the dangers is the best way to get drivers to put their phones down. That’s why the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law would like to encourage parents to have a dialogue with their teen drivers about the risks of cell phone use behind the wheel.