Nashville auto accident lawyer

Why Are Drivers Sometimes Considered Partially at Fault for Crashes?

by Staff Blogger | February 24th, 2021

Tennessee is an “at-fault” state, which means that liability for auto accident falls on the drivers who evidence points towards being the causes of those crashes. But not all crashes are cut-and-dry affairs.

Sometimes, one driver may be 100% at fault (i.e., they ran a red light), but other times, they may be only 75% at fault or less. But as long as an injured driver is considered 49% at fault or less, they can file a compensation claim against the other driver, which will be reduced based on their level of fault.

A common example of an injured driver being partially at fault for an accident is a crash occurring where a driver ran a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle, but other driver didn’t have their lights on. Both drivers were violating traffic laws, but the driver who ran the stop sign will likely be assigned more blame for the crash than the driver who failed to turn on their headlights.

Police often assign blame when they arrive at crash scenes, but their reports aren’t always 100% accurate. That’s why it’s important to get an experienced Nashville auto accident lawyer right away. We’ll review all the evidence and the police report to ensure that the facts of what happened are reported correctly. And if we see discrepancies or errors, we’ll work hard to get them corrected to protect your rights.

Don’t be dissuaded from pursuing a compensation claim after a crash, even if you are partially at fault. You may still be eligible for a settlement. Contact Ponce Law today for a free consultation to learn more about your options.

Why You Should Write Down What Happened Immediately After a Crash

by Staff Blogger | February 17th, 2021

After you’ve been involved in an auto accident, your biggest priority is getting medical treatment for you and your loved ones. But if you’re able to do so, there’s another step that can go a long way towards protecting your rights to compensation: writing down what happened to the best of your ability.

Although your personal recollection of the moments leading up to the crash won’t suffice alone as evidence for your claim, it can help bolster your chances of getting damages. That’s especially true if your statements correspond with other evidence, such as impact zones, dashcam footage, and witness statements.

When writing down what happened and what you can remember, be sure to include these details if possible:

  • The weather conditions at the time of the crash—Was it raining? Was it foggy? Was there ice or snow on the ground? Be sure to record these details.
  • The lane you were traveling in—Which lane were you in if the crash happened on a multi-lane highway? And were you on an exit or on-ramp?
  • The other driver’s actions before impact—Was the other driver speeding? Swerving? Did they drift into your lane?

In addition to recording details on paper, you should also document the crash scene with your camera. Use your smartphone camera or even a disposable camera to take pictures of your vehicle and any other vehicles involved in the crash from multiple angles and be sure to include all damage.

The more evidence like this you can provide to your Nashville auto accident lawyer, the better your chances of winning your claim. Contact Ponce Law today for a free consultation and to get our experienced legal help on your side.

Why You Shouldn’t Accept the Insurance Company’s Offer Without a Lawyer on Your Side

by Staff Blogger | February 1st, 2021

When you’re hurt in a crash, you have a lot of bills piling up. Your medical bills alone may be enough to empty your bank account, not to mention the costs of repairing your vehicle. And to make matters worse, your injuries may prevent you from working—and that means no paychecks for weeks or months.

So, if the insurance company calls and offers you a settlement, you may jump at the chance to get a check to cover some of your expenses. After all, your bills are due now, and you don’t have a way to pay them. A quick and easy settlement can seem like a godsend during such a difficult time, but as with most things, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

While there’s no catch on the money you’ll actually get from the insurance company, there IS a catch on the total value of your claim. And the catch is that you’ll get far less money by accepting their initial offer than you would if you pushed for more compensation, especially with a lawyer on your side. Insurance companies make big profits by avoiding fair settlements whenever possible, and that often means giving victims lowball settlements right out of the gate.

Unfortunately, accepting an initial settlement means forgoing the chance to get more compensation later. So, if you take their first offer, that’s it—you can’t come back for seconds if you find out you need more to cover your damages. Don’t take this risk! Get a Nashville auto accident lawyer from Ponce Law on your side from day one, and get the money you’re truly owed. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What Precautions Should You Take When Driving in Ice and Snow?

by Staff Blogger | January 13th, 2021

Nashville has seen a stretch of freezing temperatures lately, and with that comes the threat of ice and snow. Both can and will cause crashes, especially when drivers don’t take the proper precautions. To reduce your risk this winter, keep these driving tips in mind:

  • Reduce your speed—The best thing to do to prevent a winter crash is to drive slower than you normally would. Reducing your speed reduces your stopping distance, which is vital if ice is present. It also makes you less likely to lose control if you hit a patch of black ice.
  • Increase your following distance—Keep plenty of distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you. If they suddenly slam on their brakes and you’re following too closely, you may be unable to slow down in time to avoid rear-ending them.
  • Avoid ALL distractions—Distracted driving is always dangerous, but never more so than during inclement weather. Texting while driving is a no-no, but so is reaching for items, looking at your infotainment screen, or even rubbernecking when you pass an accident scene. Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, mind on the task at hand—no exceptions!

At Ponce Law, our Nashville auto accident attorneys know that winter is a dangerous time in Tennessee. Although local road crews do a great job preparing for snow and ice and clearing it when it arrives, they can’t always hit all the roads. In addition, not all drivers take winter weather seriously, putting themselves and others at risk.

If you or someone you love is injured in a winter crash caused by someone else, we want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Crash alert: Up to 7 vehicles involved in wreck in Williamson County

by Ponce Law | November 30th, 2020

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TN – A multi-vehicle accident shut down a stretch of Interstate 40 in Williamson County Sunday afternoon.

WKRN reports up to seven vehicles were involved in the crash on I-40 at mile marker 182 near Highway 96. At least two of the vehicles were tractor-trailers.

No injuries were reported in the wreck, which was reported at 4:11 p.m.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the westbound lanes of the interstate were closed in the area and traffic was being diverted. Rubbernecking delays were reported on the eastbound side.

I-40 west reopened Sunday evening after being closed for several hours.

When you have been injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, turn to Ponce Law for the help you will need in navigating the legal system. Our Nashville car accident attorneys will do everything we can to help you pursue compensation for medical bills and lost wages. We’re here to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can call us at (844) 204-6765 or complete a free initial consultation form.

Crash alert: Woman arrested following crash of stolen car in Cumberland County

by Ponce Law | November 25th, 2020

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, TN – A woman driving a stolen car crashed on a road in Cumberland County this week and was arrested, 1057 News reports.

According to the police report, the incident happened as 36-year-old Racheal G. Hill was driving a Subaru on the 400 block of Rector Road. She was attempting to negotiate a turn when she hit a utility pole.

Authorities said a check revealed that the car had been stolen, and the owner then reclaimed possession of the vehicle.  Hill, a Crossville resident, was arrested on charges of theft of property and driving on a suspended license.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, the Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law can utilize their experience to help pursue the compensation you are entitled to. We will investigate who caused the accident, calculate your injury-related expenses and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. And you don’t owe anything unless we get money for you.   See how we can help by calling for a free consultation at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online.

Crash alert: 2 dead in multi-vehicle wreck on I-24 in Nashville

by Ponce Law | November 23rd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Two people were killed and three others were injured in a multi-vehicle crash in south Nashville Friday night, according to Fox 17 Nashville.

A total of nine vehicles were involved in the wreck, which occurred in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 near Antioch Pike just before 8 p.m.

Investigators said the driver of an Infiniti Q-50 was trying to avoid a Mazda re-entering traffic on the highway when the Infiniti struck an Acura. A semi-truck then hit the Infiniti, which crashed into a concrete wall and went up in flames. The Infiniti’s two occupants died at the scene; their identities have not been released. Three other people were hospitalized with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

The 17-year-old driver of the Mazda is facing charges for driving without a license and not having insurance, and could face additional charges.

All eastbound lanes and a westbound lane of I-24 were closed in the area while the scene was being cleared.

If you have been injured or lost someone you love due to a driver’s negligence or recklessness, you could be entitled to significant compensation for the expenses you have incurred. At Ponce Law, our experienced Nashville car accident attorneys stand ready to provide the legal representation you will need to obtain reimbursement during this difficult time.  Let us fight for you. Call us 24/7 at (844) 204-6765 or fill out a free initial consultation form to get started.

Can You Get Compensation if You’re Partially or Fully At-Fault for a Crash in TN?

by Staff Blogger | November 18th, 2020

Many people assume that they can only get a check after a crash if they are 100% not at fault. And while it’s true that Tennessee is an at-fault state, it’s also a comparative negligence state. That means that the degree to which each driver is at fault for a crash is factored into determining how much the less at-fault driver can receive in a settlement.

Auto accidents are complex, and many wrecks can be partially blamed on both drivers. For example, a driver may pull out in front of another driver who is speeding. Although the first driver may have failed to look both ways or come to a complete stop, the speeding driver was also breaking the law and could have avoided the crash if they were going slower.

In cases like that, the driver who is found to be less at-fault than the other driver may be eligible to receive compensation. However, their level of fault will be deducted from their settlement. That means if they are 40% at fault, they’ll receive 40% less of the settlement they would have received. In other words, a $10,000 settlement would become a $4,000 settlement.

In addition, you may be eligible to receive compensation if you purchased Med Pay coverage for your auto insurance, even if you were 100% at fault for the crash. This coverage pays out no matter who caused the crash, no questions asked.

Want help getting paid after a wreck? Ponce Law’s Nashville auto accident lawyers are here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Crash alert: Driver dies after multi-vehicle crash on Murfreesboro Pike

by Ponce Law | November 17th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A multi-vehicle accident in Nashville Monday morning left one person dead and several others injured.

According to News Channel 5, the crash occurred on Murfreesboro Pike near Mt. View Road shortly before 7 a.m. Investigators determined that 25-year-old Chevalier Walden lost control of his Nissan Altima while in a curve.  Walden drove into traffic, hitting two other cars before his vehicle was struck by a pickup truck.

Walden was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.  He was not wearing a seat belt, authorities said.  People in the other three vehicles were hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Metro police said speed was the main contributing factor in the wreck, adding there were no indications of drug or alcohol use by any of the drivers.

At Ponce Law, we help Tennessee car accident victims every day, and we want to put our knowledge to work for you if you have been involved in an accident.  Our Nashville car accident lawyers will do everything in our power to help victims get the compensation they deserve for injury-related expenses, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  We’re here to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can call us at (844) 204-6765 or complete a free initial consultation form.

Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips

by Staff Blogger | November 11th, 2020

Got travel plans for Thanksgiving? If so, you’re probably like most Americans and are skipping the airport and packing up the car instead due to COVID-19 concerns. Traffic has been down throughout much of 2020 due to the pandemic, and while experts recommend limiting in-person get-togethers, there will still likely be heavy traffic on Tennessee’s roads in a few weeks.

Holiday weekends are always among the most dangerous times for drivers in America due to more people on the road than usual. In addition, drivers are often flustered, stressed, and trying to get to their destinations as quickly as possible. All of that combines to create a potentially dangerous environment for you and your loved ones.

You can reduce your risks this holiday season by:

  • Avoiding distractions—Appoint someone else to be in charge of text messages, phone calls, and looking up directions.
  • Not speeding—Leave early to give yourself plenty of time to make it to your family get-together.
  • Checking your vehicle before you go—The last thing you want to deal with on your holiday road trip is a dead battery, a flat tire, broken windshield wiper, or burned out headlight!
  • Mapping your route in advance—Road work is often canceled or minimized during holiday travel, but road closures and lane shut downs often persist. Map your route in advance to avoid slowdowns, bottlenecks, and dangerous areas.
  • Packing supplies—Thanksgiving weather is usually mild in TN, but if you’re traveling north, you could hit snow and ice. Pack your vehicle with blankets, food, and water in case you get stranded.

If you get hurt in a crash over the holiday season, we want to help! At Ponce Law, our Nashville auto accident lawyers fight for the rights of people injured by negligent drivers. Contact us today for a free consultation.