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There Are More Impaired Drivers in TN Than You Think

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Can You Get Compensation After a Single-Car Accident?

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Drinking and Driving Doesn’t Always Mean Alcohol!

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Nashville Car Accident Lawyers Look At Factors That Lead to Drunk Driving

by Staff Blogger | July 29th, 2015

Every year in Tennessee, thousands of motorists are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. These statistics make many citizens wonder if there are any factors give drivers a predisposition to drink and drive. The Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law say the answer is yes.
According to WBIR 10 News, men in Tennessee are charged with DUI offenses at a higher rate than women. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office examined data from 2010 to 2014 provided by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Department of Statistics. In total, 20,118 men were charged with DUI offenses compared to 6,709 women. That means males in Tennessee were arrested for drinking and driving three times more often as women.
Age is another factor that tends to correlate with an increase in DUI arrests. Data tends to show young and middle aged adults are most often charged with drunk driving offenses.

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.

Damaged Roads Cause Danger in the Wake of Winter Storms

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Help Prevent Tennessee Drunk Driving Accidents This New Year’s Eve

by Staff Blogger | 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!