July 28th, 2021|
Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous things you can ever do. And unfortunately, countless Tennesseans do it every year without fully recognizing the dangers of their actions. Studies show that drunk drivers get behind the wheel while intoxicated as many as 80 times before their first DUI arrest.
But many of those drivers wouldn’t consider themselves to be “drunk,” even though police officers would disagree. That’s because what’s considered “buzzed” for many drivers is actually full-on DRUNK—at least in the eyes of the law. Anyone with a blood alcohol content that’s 0.08% or above is considered drunk and can be arrested and charged with DUI if they get pulled over.
For most adults, that’s between two to three alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine, or mixed drink. In some cases, it can be even less, especially when pours are generous or drinks are mixed stronger than expected. That means going out to dinner and having a few drinks and then driving home can put you at risk of a DUI, and for good reason. You may be more intoxicated than you think and a serious risk to yourself and others on the road.
To stay safe, simply don’t drink anytime you expect to drive or may even need to drive. You can also appoint a designated driver, use public transportation, or schedule a rideshare driver to pick you up and drop you off at home at the end of the night.
At Ponce Law, our Nashville car accident lawyers work hard to protect injured drivers and their passengers, especially when they’re hurt by drunk and impaired motorists. Contact us today if you were hurt in a crash with a drunk driver.
June 30th, 2021|
Like all 49 other states, Tennessee has a “move over” law that requires drivers to change lanes or slow down (if changing lanes is impossible or dangerous) when approaching stopped vehicles with their emergency lights flashing.
Initially, this only included emergency vehicles, such as police cruisers, ambulances, and firetrucks. Later, it was expanded to include utility vehicles before being broadened a third time to include ALL vehicles with their flashers on.
Knowledge and observance of this law wasn’t immediate, and some drivers still don’t move over when they’re supposed to. However, enforcement and citations are increasing, which means police officers and state troopers are on the lookout for drivers who don’t change lanes or slow down. That’s good news if you ever need to pull over for any reason.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind in this potentially dangerous scenario:
- Turn on your flashers—To benefit from the move over law, immediately turn on your flashers as you begin to pull over onto the shoulder or side of the road.
- Never change a tire near traffic—Even if it seems like a quick fix, changing a tire near traffic is extremely dangerous. A driver who drifts even a couple of feet out of their lane can hit you.
- Call for help—If you ran out of gas, call your local police department’s non-emergency line. They may dispatch an officer to your location with enough gas to get you to a gas station. If your vehicle broke down, call a tow truck or the TDOT Help line (*847) from your cellphone.
When drivers fail to move over and hit stranded or stopped motorists, they can and should be held liable for any damages and injuries. If that ever happens to you, know that Ponce Law’s Nashville auto accident lawyers are here to help. Contact us anytime for a free consultation.
June 16th, 2021|
Although it can be frustrating, many people expect that the other driver’s insurance provider will be combative after a crash—even if the other driver was clearly at fault. But few auto accident victims expect their own insurer to also be stingy and uncooperative, despite that outcome being extremely common.
Even if you’ve paid premiums for decades without filing a single claim, your auto insurer has no loyalty to you, and they may even treat you worse than the other driver’s insurance provider! Of course, having uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is essential in Tennessee, especially with 23.7% of drivers on its roads not having valid insurance. Without this coverage, you may be completely out of luck when it comes to getting any compensation.
At Ponce Law, our Nashville auto accident lawyers have seen it all after crashes that weren’t our clients’ fault. We know all the tricks that insurance companies, whether it’s the other drivers’ or our clients’, attempt to pull to avoid paying fair settlements. And we don’t stand for any of it!
When we take on auto accident claims, we take a no-nonsense, aggressive approach. We don’t let insurance companies give our clients the runaround or deny them the full compensation they’re owed.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll calculate exactly how much money you need for your medical bills and lost wages, and we won’t stop until the insurance company agrees to pay you a fair settlement—even if that means taking them to court.
June 2nd, 2021|
Road rage incidents are all too common, and studies show they may be even more likely to occur during the summer months than at any other time of year. When people are affected by road rage, they no longer act “in their right minds.” Their actions become colored by anger, frustration, and aggression, which can be dangerous, as safe driving requires calm, patience, and focus.
Ensuring that you remain calm and collected behind the wheel, even in the face of heavy traffic, slowdowns, and inconsiderate drivers is only part of the battle. You also need to know how to handle drivers who are already affected by road rage. Tips for handling this situation include:
- Get away from aggressive and erratic drivers—Change lanes or slow down to allow an angry driver a chance to pass you.
- Don’t respond to insults or threats—Some road rage incidents involving drivers yelling at others. If this happens, keep your windows rolled up and your eyes on the road ahead.
- Don’t use your horn—Although using your vehicle’s horn is important in many situations, it can be viewed as an act of aggression by a driver who is already suffering from road rage.
- Don’t stop—If you believe a driver is following you, keep driving to a safe location, such as a local police station. Stopping anywhere else could put you at risk of a face-to-face confrontation.
There are many risks associated with summer driving, and dealing with angry and unpredictable drivers is unfortunately one of them. If you or a loved one is hurt in a crash this summer, whether it’s caused by a driver who is distracted, intoxicated, or experiencing road rage, we want to help.
April 7th, 2021|
Getting a citation for driving under the influence (DUI) can be life-changing. It results in mandatory jail time, a big fine, and even loss of driving privileges. Because of the consequences of a DUI—and the fact that police are always looking for drunk drivers—it’s common to believe that drunk drivers are rare or are quickly caught and punished.
But that couldn’t be further from the case. Studies show that drunk drivers get behind the wheel while impaired as many as 80 times before they’re pulled over and arrested! There are around 1.15 million DUI arrests per year in the U.S., so that means the number of actual arrests barely scratches the surface of how many people are driving drunk nationwide and in Tennessee at any given time.
So, what can you do with this knowledge? First, be sure to never drive while impaired. There are enough drunk drivers on TN’s roadways already, and the last thing they, you, and your loved ones need is yet another reckless and negligent driver. Second, do everything you can to increase your safety. That means avoiding distractions, not speeding, always wearing a seat belt, and driving as defensively as possible.
If you’re ever injured in a crash involving a drunk driver, there’s a good chance you’ll suffer serious injuries that result in big medical bills. Our Nashville auto accident lawyers want to help you get compensation for your losses. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll prove the other driver was drunk, and we’ll work hard to get you paid in full.
January 6th, 2021|
Did you know that well over half of all crashes nationwide are single-vehicle accidents? In addition, single-vehicle accidents are often even more dangerous than multi-vehicle accidents, with occupants suffering more severe injuries and even being at a greater risk of death.
In 2021, it’s no surprise that single-vehicle accidents are so common. That’s because more drivers than ever are distracted behind the wheel, and all it takes is a split second of looking away from the road to end up in a ditch, crash into a telephone pole, drive down an embankment, or even flip your vehicle onto its roof.
People involved in single-vehicle accidents often suffer serious injuries, and they may require expensive medical treatments. However, you aren’t out of luck when it comes to getting compensation if this happens to you, as you can pursue it from:
- Your own insurance—A type of optional auto insurance coverage called MedPay will pay you for some of your medical bills regardless of who is at fault for your crash—even if it was you! This coverage is essential, as it kicks in after all types of crashes.
- Another driver—Sometimes crashes are caused by drivers whose vehicles never sustain a single scratch. For example, a reckless driver who cuts someone off and causes them to swerve to avoid a collision and ultimately run off the road can be held liable if they can later be identified.
- A governmental body—Federal, state, and local governments are in charge of various roads. When those roads aren’t maintained or become dangerous and aren’t repaired or closed and drivers get hurt, they can be held liable.
At Ponce Law, our Nashville car accident attorneys have years of experience holding all negligent parties liable after crashes and helping victims get compensation—even when no other vehicles or drivers were involved. Contact us today for a free consultation.
September 30th, 2020|
Everyone knows the dangers of drinking while driving. Alcohol consumption and operating a 3,500-pound vehicle simply don’t mix. But did you know that drinking ANYTHING while you’re behind the wheel can increase your chances of a crash?
Whether it’s water, soda, coffee, or tea, the act of drinking itself can put you at risk of a crash. That’s because anything you do while driving that isn’t:
- scanning the road ahead for other vehicles, turns, and potential hazards,
- keeping your hands firmly on the wheel,
- and maintaining full mental focus on driving safely,
can put you, your passengers, and other motorists at risk. And yes, that includes drinking any liquid! Hot drinks are especially distracting, as they must be picked up, handled, and sipped more carefully to avoid spills and burns. If you have a habit of drinking coffee on your morning commute, you should reconsider it, as it could be increasing your risk of a crash.
It’s also important to avoid eating behind the wheel. Even if you’re capable of doing so with your eyes on the road and one hand still on the wheel, you’re reducing your ability to drive safely and react appropriately to the movements of vehicles around you. The more things occupying your mind and energy, the less attention you can devote to the task at hand—getting to your destination safely.
If you or someone you love is hurt in a crash that wasn’t your fault, there’s a good chance the other driver was distracted. At Ponce Law, our Nashville auto accident attorneys hold those drivers accountable for their negligence. Contact us today for a free consultation—we’ll work hard to get you paid.
July 29th, 2015|
We can each do our part to prevent drunk driving. Do your part to prevent Tennessee drunk driving accidents by never getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol. Instead, call a friend or loved one to pick you up and get you home safely.
February 23rd, 2015|
With the snow and ice beginning to dissipate, motorists on Middle Tennessee’s roads are beginning to get some relief. However, the Goodlettsville car accident lawyers with Ponce Law point damage has been done to the roads while clearing the ice and snow, causing a new set of problems for drivers.
Potholes have been popping up along roads across Middle Tennessee over the past several days. Potholes can cause serious damage to your vehicle and they have been responsible for causing wrecks in the past. Drivers can lose control of a vehicle after striking a pothole due to the impact or damage done to the vehicle—such as a blown tire.
According to an article from News Channel 5, numerous motorists have been left stranded along the side of the road in recent days after hitting large potholes. One driver described the impact as shaking his whole car.
While the Tennessee Department of Transportation is beginning to repair damaged roads as soon as possible, the Nashville personal injury lawyers from Ponce Law want to remind motorists of the importance of safety while driving. Be vigilant for damaged roads and obey the posted speed limit. This should allow you enough time to avoid a hole in the road safely. If you come across a pothole in your area, be sure to report it to TDOT or your local officials.
December 31st, 2014|
New Year’s Eve is tonight, and there are numerous festivities taking place throughout Middle Tennessee. It’s important to remember that the number of drunk driving accidents spikes during this holiday. In fact, there were 16 fatal accidents last year on New Year’s Eve in Middle Tennessee. Of those crashes, almost 40 percent involved alcohol.
To help deter Tennessee drunk driving accidents this year, law enforcement will be ramping up efforts to support highway safety. Reports indicate motorists can expect to see officers and troopers not only stopping drivers to check that seat belts are being used, but conducting saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints as well.
Clarksville Online states that law enforcement will be conducting a “No Refusal” operation during the holiday as well. This means judges will be on hand at all hours to issue warrants to obtain breath and blood samples from suspected drunk drivers, allowing law enforcement to collect the evidence necessary to obtain Driving Under the Influence (DUI) convictions.
The Nashville personal injury lawyers urge motorists to take caution when traveling this evening by pledging not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. There are plenty of options to get you home safely. The Davidson County Sheriff’s Department will be offering free rides home from several popular locations around town if you find yourself out and without a ride. Ride sharing companies in Nashville have also offered discounts and deals for partygoers tonight. You can also utilize designated drivers and programs that offer sober individuals to get you and your car home safely.
We hope you have a fun, safe, and sober New Year’s Eve!