December 23rd, 2015|
The holidays are upon us and many Tennesseans will soon be packing up to visit friends or family. During this particular season, it’s important to keep in mind the increased chances of being involved in a motor vehicle collision.
The number of serious car accidents recorded in Tennessee notoriously skyrockets during the final weeks of the year. The Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law explain that it could be a rise in traffic volume or a swelling number of drunk drivers on the road after enjoying the holiday festivities. Regardless of why the crashes happen, law enforcement agencies from across the state are stepping up their efforts to keep our roads safe.
WKRN 2 News reports the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be partnering with local agencies during the coming days to conduct the annual “Booze It and Lose It” operations. The campaign kicked off on Friday, December 18, at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce in Murfreesboro, and will continue through January 3. During that time, troopers and officers will focus their efforts on taking dangerous drivers off of the road through the use of sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.
At Ponce Law, we’re aware of the hazards that can come with traveling during the holidays and our team of attorneys is hopeful the efforts being made to keep intoxicated motorists off the road is successful in preventing drunk driving accidents from occurring.
December 2nd, 2015|
There’s always a risk of being involved in an accident—no matter where you drive. But certain places can be more dangerous than others. That’s why the Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law think you should be aware of just how hazardous Tennessee’s highways can be.
WKRN 2 News says a recent poll ranked Tennessee as the tenth most dangerous U.S. state to drive in. The state recorded a fatality rate of 15.3 deaths per 100,000 drivers, which is 5.0 deaths greater than the national average.
These numbers leave many motorists wondering what they can do to keep our roads safe. Here are a few tips:
- Watch your speed- Traveling too fast is listed as a contributing factor in roughly one-third of all fatal accidents. So, always be sure to follow the posted speed limit.
- Buckle up- A majority of fatal accidents involve victims not properly restrained at the time of a crash. Wearing a seatbelt can significantly reduce the chances of being harmed in a collision.
- Don’t drink and drive- Each year, thousands of Tennesseans are injured or killed as the result of drunk driving accidents. You can avoid these collisions by always using a designated driver.
At Ponce Law, we hope these tips help you enjoy safer travels!
September 16th, 2015|
Each year, hundreds of children are killed in motor vehicle collisions. In fact, car crashes the leading cause of accidental death among juveniles in the United States today. The Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law explain child safety seats can help save lives, and many organizations are working together to spread that message this week.
Sept. 14-19 is “Child Passenger Safety Week” across the state of Tennessee, and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) has events planned each day to help raise awareness about buckling children up.
WGNS News Radio reports the RCSD has partnered with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office to conduct both car seat inspections and hand out educational materials at a variety of locations across the county over the next several days. Check out the article to learn more about the dates, times, and places where these events will be taking place.
Attending these events can be crucial—data shows as many as nine out of ten children’s car seats are installed incorrectly in the vehicle. If you’re a parent, our Nashville personal injury lawyers encourage you to visit one of these safety events.
August 25th, 2015|
There can be countless factors that play a role in a car crash, but one of the most dangerous is defective car parts. A problem with a piece of equipment on your vehicle can quickly lead to a deadly crash and all too often, these problems aren’t discovered until it’s too late.
The Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law point out that faulty car parts could be to blame for a number of crashes involving Jeep Grand Cherokees. Reports indicate the Jeeps have rolled away after the vehicles were parked, causing a number of collisions and injuries.
According to Reuters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated it will launch an investigation into the safety of the Jeep Grand Cherokee after receiving 14 reports of Jeeps rolling away. Those incidents resulted in five crashes that left three people with injuries.
The NHTSA said the vehicles are equipped with a new type of gear-changing system that could possibly be to blame for the problem. If this is the cause of the vehicles rolling away, it could result in more than 408,000 vehicles being recalled.
At Ponce Law, we understand the dangers faulty car parts can pose to all those who are in and around the affected vehicle and we’re hopeful the investigation being conducted into the safety of the Jeep Grand Cherokee can improve highway safety for all.
August 19th, 2015|
Drinking and driving continues to plague Tennessee roadways. Over the past decade, there have been 74,451 drunk driving accidents reported in the state. A total of 6,645 of those collisions were recorded in 2014.—meaning there were roughly 18 accidents involving a driver under the influence of alcohol per day last year.
To help combat the problem, organizations from around the state are beginning to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.
The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office has announced they will be conducting their annual “Booze It and Lose It” campaign throughout the weeks of Aug. 19 – Sept. 7. The program will utilize messages on billboards, as well as an increase in the volume of officers and troopers on patrol.
The Sevierville Police Department says they will also be working to reduce Tennessee drunk driving accidents as Labor Day approaches. According to WVLT 8 News, the agency plans to use a number of sobriety checkpoints to deter people from driving under the influence.
At Ponce Law, we are aware of how important it is to keep drunk drivers off of the roads. Our Nashville car accident attorneys are hopeful these campaigns are successful, and we encourage you to do your part by utilizing a sober driver to get you home safely after consuming alcohol.
July 1st, 2015|
This weekend, Nashville will play host to a number of events aimed at celebrating our nation’s independence. That’s why the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law would like to let you know about some of the festivities, as well as what’s being done to keep revelers safe throughout the weekend.
The Music City Fourth of July celebration will kick off at 4 p.m. tomorrow, July 3, with a free concert featuring The Weeks, Gabe Dixon, and Elise Davis. Then, on July 4, another concert will take place where Martina McBride, Mikky Ekko, and the Nashville Symphony will perform.
The event will culminate with the largest fireworks display in the nation. More than 16,000 lbs. of explosives will be used to light up the night sky.
All of these events will attract hundreds of thousands of people to our city, which could result in heavy traffic and an increased risk of accidents. WKRN 2 News reports the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be working to keep all motorists safe during the holiday by increasing saturation patrols and conducting sobriety and seatbelt checkpoints.
We hope this information helps you to have a safe and fun Fourth of July!
April 20th, 2015|
Distracted driving was to blame for more than 21,000 motor vehicle crashes in Tennessee last year. Furthermore, there have been 10,000 car accidents involving a distracted driver in Davidson County since 2010.
To help combat distracted driving in our area, the Nashville car accident attorneys with Ponce Law point out that several educational campaigns are taking place to make motorists more aware of the risks. One of those programs is “Thumbs Down” to texting and driving.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is sponsoring the program. According to an article from WKRN 2 News, anyone who is interested in participating can go to the downtown Highway Safety Office to receive a free “Thumbs Down” to texting and driving sticker after signing a pledge promising not to drive while distracted.
The aim of the program is to get as many citizens as possible to stop texting and driving, which can help promote others to do the same while driving.
At Ponce Law, we’ve seen the devastating results that distracted driving can have on accident victims, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers are hopeful that this new campaign will be successful in keeping inattentive motorists off the road.
March 9th, 2015|
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in Middle Tennessee—especially amongst teenagers. In fact, 78 percent of young drivers admit to checking texts on a cellphone while behind the wheel of a vehicle, while 75 percent say they have sent texts while driving.
But advancements in technology are helping people combat this issue. The Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law explain that applications for smartphones can be used to keep drivers from using their devices while vehicles are in motion.
An article from Action News 5 elaborates on how a smartphone app called Canary informs parents whenever a teen driver uses a cellphone while in a moving car. The app detects when the phone is unlocked or operated inside of a moving vehicle. When this occurs, it sends an alert to parents’ phones.
While technology may help reduce distracted driving accidents, awareness of the dangers is the best way to get drivers to put their phones down. That’s why the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law would like to encourage parents to have a dialogue with their teen drivers about the risks of cell phone use behind the wheel.
May 12th, 2014|
While most Tennessee drivers understand the dangers of car accidents caused by distracted driving, the behavior is becoming more common than ever before. Studies show that as many as 80 percent of drivers admit to being aware of the risks of distracted driving. However, there’s been a steady yearly increase in the number of crashes associated with motorists not paying attention.
The Daily Helmsman reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined as many as nine people die each day as a result of distracted driving accidents. Cellphones aren’t the only distractions on the road though. Researchers have divided driver distractions into three distinct categories, including:
- Visual- A distraction that takes a motorist’s eyes off the road.
- Manual– Anything that forces a driver’s hands off the wheel.
- Cognitive- Something that takes a driver’s mind or focus off of driving.
So what’s being done to prevent distracted driving in Tennessee? Laws have been created that ban bus drivers and new or inexperienced motorists from using cellphones to text message while behind the wheel. Some cities have also adopted ordinances that can be used to punish suspected distracted drivers.
While laws provide a sense of accountability, most experts will agree that a major shift in attitudes amongst motorists regarding distracted driving is the only way to reduce the number of crashes associated with the behavior.
The Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law explain one of the best ways to change drivers’ attitudes is to make putting cellphones down while driving a habit. Citizens should also never hesitate to encourage others to put their phone down when behind the wheel.
August 30th, 2013|
August 30, 2013
Data indicates that distracted driving is becoming one of the leading causes of serious auto accidents in the state of Tennessee. The Nashville Car Accident Attorneys with Michael D. Ponce & Associates explain that teenagers are one of the age groups most at risk.
Studies by the Department of Transportation show 21 percent of drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 years old involved in fatal collisions were distracted at the time of their accidents. This age group had the highest proportion of distracted drivers when compared to other age demographics.
In an effort to help prevent teenage distracted driving accidents here in Tennessee, a group of students from Franklin High School and Cheatham County Central High School recently participated in a program called “Be In The Zone”.
News Channel 5 states the program aims to teach students the devastating effects distracted driving can have on lives by having participants watch as medical staff attempts to revive a mock accident victim. Students also saw what it was like to be a victim of such an accident by using crutches and other props to simulate injuries common in distracted driving collisions.