October 27th, 2021|
You’ve probably heard all about the dangers of distracted driving. Many safety organizations and law enforcement agencies describe it as an epidemic that affects all drivers due to how many people text behind the wheel. But do you know exactly how and why distracted driving causes crashes?
Here are a few reasons that taking your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task at hand can cause a crash:
- You can drift into another vehicle or off the road entirely.
If you’re traveling 50 mph, you’ll traverse the length of a football field in the time it takes to send or read a text message. Think about how far that is and how, if your vehicle is drifting even one degree outside of your lane, you’ll be traveling towards a ditch or even the front-end of another car while you’re texting.
- You can lose control of your vehicle.
When you take your hands off the wheel of your vehicle for even a second, it can be enough to lose control of it. You should always keep a firm grip on your steering wheel with both hands, and if you need to reach for something, pull over in a safe location first.
- You can fail to react in time.
Some distracted driving crashes occur when drivers’ eyes are on the road and their hands are on the wheel. However, their minds aren’t focused on driving. When you’re preoccupied with something else, you may not be aware of your surroundings and fail to react to avoid a collision.
Being aware of distracted driving dangers can help you reduce your risks of causing a crash, but not all drivers are safety-conscious. If you’re hurt by a distracted driver, the Nashville auto accident lawyers at Ponce Law can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
July 21st, 2021|
When you ride with a child in your car, whether it’s your own kid, a younger sibling, or another family member, safety should be your biggest concern. Kids face significant risks in crashes, and it’s up to the people driving them to be as cautious and defensive on the road as possible. But it’s also important to remember that the risks kids face in cars aren’t limited to when they’re in motion.
To keep kids safe in your vehicle, keep these tips in mind:
- Ensure kids are properly secured—Infants and toddlers up to between 3 and 5 years old should ride in rear-facing car seats. Older children can ride in front-facing car seats and eventually booster seats.
- Keep kids in the back seat—Even after they’ve outgrown car seats and booster seats, experts recommend keeping children in the backseats of vehicles until they’re at least 12 years old. In fact, Tennessee law requires that kids ride back there until they’re at least 9 years old.
- Never leave kids unattended in your vehicle—Hot car deaths are tragic and 100% preventable. But they don’t always occur because adults forgot kids in their vehicles. They can also occur when kids have access to vehicles, including trunks, and become locked inside and can’t get out.
If you’re involved in a crash and your child gets hurt, you may be eligible to file a compensation claim against the other driver. At Ponce Law, our Nashville auto accident lawyers work hard to help the parents of injured children get full compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.
April 14th, 2021|
With April being Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s important to continue to highlight the dangers associated with this growing epidemic. Although all ages of drivers are susceptible to distractions, younger drivers are the most at risk. That’s because they spend the most time on their smartphones, and many have grown up with them.
To help younger drivers—and any drivers who struggle with distractions—stay safe on the road, it can help to point out these shocking facts about distracted driving:
- You can travel the length of a football field in the time it takes to send a text message. Many people think of texting as quick and easy, and it is—unless you’re behind the wheel. Even taking 5 seconds to send a text is enough to drive the equivalent distance of a football field.
- It can take over 10 seconds to “refocus” your brain after texting. Effective multitasking is a myth—people can’t handle two complicated tasks at once, especially not texting and driving! Switching back and forth is incredibly dangerous, and refocusing your brain after texting takes time.
- The number of distracted drivers is much higher than what’s reported. It can be difficult to determine if a driver was distracted before a crash. It often requires self-reporting, but drivers don’t always share that fact after crashes, which means the true number may be much higher.
Another shocking fact about distracted driving is that the people who are hurt by it often see their compensation claims reduced or denied by insurance companies. Don’t let that happen to you! Contact the Nashville auto accident lawyers at Ponce Law for a free consultation and to find out how we can help.