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Work Zones Demand Your Utmost Attention and Concentration While Driving

by Staff Blogger | March 23rd, 2022

You should always give the task of driving your full attention. But there are certain situations and areas of the road where your risks increase. One of the most common and dangerous areas of the road is a work zone.

There are many reasons that work zones are more dangerous than other areas of the road. First, their lanes are often much narrower due to the presence of cones and barrels. That means vehicles are traveling in much closer proximity to each other than in normal conditions.

Second, they often feature sudden lane changes, shifts, and closures. Many work zones require drivers to merge or even stop when workers and heavy equipment are present. These changes can be unpredictable, and they may change from day to day depending on the progress of the work zone.

Finally, work zones have workers present who may be just a few feet away from the road. In some cases, they may be in the road itself. When drivers aren’t paying attention, they can put themselves and road crew workers in serious danger.

Speed and driving while distracted are always dangerous behaviors, but the risks they pose increase significantly in work zones. That’s why traffic violations in work zones are often more expensive than they are in other parts of the road. At Ponce Law, we understand the dangers of work zones, and it’s our job to help people who have been injured in them and other parts of Tennessee’s roads. Contact our Nashville auto accident lawyers today for a free consultation after a road accident or injury that wasn’t your fault.

Prepare Your Vehicle for Cold Weather With this Checklist

by Staff Blogger | November 3rd, 2021

Winter is still several weeks away, but cold weather can set in quickly in Middle Tennessee. Freezing temperatures are common in November and early December, and it’s never too early to be prepared for the possibility of ice on your commute—especially if you cross bridges or high elevations.

Get a jumpstart on the winter driving seasons by preparing your vehicle while the weather is still mild. This checklist can help you tackle problems before they put you and your family at risk:

  • Check your tires. You can easily check the “health” and condition of your tires by simply inspecting them for wear and signs of damage. If they pass the eye test, check their PSI. If it has been a year or longer since you added air to them, they may be underinflated.
  • Pay attention to your brakes. Does your vehicle seem sluggish when you apply the brakes? Does it take a lot of force on your brake pedal to slow down or stop? If so, it could indicate that your brakes are worn and need to be replaced. Do this before winter weather to avoid serious risks.
  • Inspect your battery. Vehicle batteries don’t hold up well in cold weather, especially when they’re depleted or have rusted and corroded connections and terminals. You can use a toothbrush and baking soda to clean a corroded battery, but if your battery is too far gone and won’t hold a charge, you’ll need to replace it.

Once winter weather arrives, it’s important to continue to be safety-conscious on TN’s roads and to be prepared for an accident. And if you’re injured by a negligent driver, know that the Nashville auto accident lawyers at Ponce Law are here to help.

Contact us anytime for a free consultation.

Buzzed? Tipsy? Don’t Drive!

by Staff Blogger | 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.

How to Stay Safe If You Need to Stop on the Highway

by Staff Blogger | 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.

It’s Not Always the Other Driver’s Insurance That’s Uncooperative After a Crash

by Staff Blogger | 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.

How to Safely Handle Aggressive and Angry Drivers

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Call the Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law today for a free consultation.

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.