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UPDATE: Two drivers killed in collision on I-40 identified

by Ponce Law | June 17th, 2020

NASHVILLE, T.N. – The two drivers killed in the three-vehicle collision on I-40 last Thursday have been identified, according to WGNS News Radio.

Authorities say 22-year-old Megan Osborne was driving her 2012 Toyota Corolla on I-40 when she lost control of her vehicle and crossed over the road’s median. She then struck a Jeep Patriot driven by 29-year-old Jared Walker. Osborne also crashed into a Kia Forte driven by Tracy Polk Jr.

Osborne and Walker were killed upon impact. Polk suffered minor injuries.

Were you hurt, or did you lose a loved one in a rear-end collision in Nashville? Contact a skilled Nashville car accident lawyer from Ponce Law right away for help. We’ll be ready to help you hold the negligent party accountable, and we’ll seek the maximum compensation possible for you and your loved ones. We can be reached by phone at (844) 204-6765 or by filling out a contact form.

Woman killed in two-vehicle crash at intersection

by Ponce Law | June 2nd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN.-  A Nashville woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Elm Hill Pike and Massman Drive on Saturday evening.

According to News 4 Nashville, the victim, 57-year-old Rhonda Rucker, was stopped at the intersection in her Honda CRV when a driver in a 2010 Ford Mustang rear-ended her. The driver of the Mustang, 18-year-old Kevin Camaja, was heading northbound on Elm Hill Pike and reportedly failed to notice the red light.

The force of the crash sent the vehicles careening across Massman Drive and into a ditch. Rucker’s CRV caught fire, and the vehicle became engulfed in flames. Her passenger, Craig Marsh, 37, of Nashville, was able to escape the burning car but was unable to pull Rucker out. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Marsh was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Camaja was in stable condition and was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with severe burn injuries.

The crash is still being investigated, and we will continue to monitor this developing story for updates.

Were you hurt, or did you lose a loved one in a rear-end collision in Nashville? Contact a skilled Nashville car accident lawyer from Ponce Law right away for help. We’ll be ready to help you hold the negligent party accountable, and we’ll seek the maximum compensation possible for you and your loved ones. We can be reached by phone at (844) 204-6765 or by filling out a contact form.

 

 

See a Stopped Vehicle with Flashing Lights? Move Over!

by Staff Blogger | May 4th, 2020

Seeing a stopped police car, highway patrol cruiser, ambulance, fire engine, or rescue vehicle on the side of the road can make you perk up in your seat. Many drivers suddenly become aware of their speed and driving habits, while others may “rubberneck” and take in the citation, crash scene, or other event that’s taking place. But one thing not all drivers do is move over.

In 2006, Tennessee made it illegal for drivers to not change lanes when approaching stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights. In 2011, the law was expanded to include utility vehicles. And in 2017, the law expanded a third time to include ALL vehicles with flashing lights, including those driven by ordinary people. Unfortunately, many people still fail to abide by this law, even when approaching emergency vehicles, despite it being on the books for nearly 14 years.

The Move Over Law is designed to protect people who must step outside of their vehicles for work or emergency-related purposes. Emergency responders, utility workers, and people waiting for help after crashes or breakdowns are extremely vulnerable to being struck by oncoming traffic. Law enforcement agencies are increasingly cracking down on drivers who don’t move over, and failing to do so can result in an expensive ticket.

At Ponce Law, we believe that the Move Over Law is essential for making Tennessee’s highways and interstates safer for everyone. Our Nashville auto accident lawyers are here to help anyone who was injured by a negligent driver, whether it was due to not moving over or violating any other traffic law. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Young Drivers: Are You Aware of Your Increased Risks?

by Staff Blogger | March 9th, 2020

Many people know that teens are the most at-risk age group among drivers. That’s why their insurance rates are so high and why there’s so much educational material and enforcement campaigns aimed at them. Their inexperience and potentially aggressive driving habits significantly increase their risk of crashes, not to mention their penchant for texting, Snapchatting, or otherwise using their phones while behind the wheel.

But teen drivers aren’t the only young drivers who are at risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, half of all speeding-related deaths involve drivers 21-35. That means that even drivers with a higher level of maturity and several years of experience are still likely to exceed speed limits, putting themselves and others at risk.

In addition, driving while impaired is also more common among younger drivers, especially those who are of age to legally drink in bars and restaurants. Not everyone goes out to become legally intoxicated, but many drivers who have one too many are reluctant to call cabs or use rideshare services to get home. That can be a potentially expensive or even fatal mistake, as the risk of dying in a car crash increases significantly when drivers are over the legal limit.

While there are plenty of age-related risks when it comes to driving, such as impaired vision, slower reaction times, and reduced attention span, younger drivers aren’t immune to risks that are mostly unique to their age group. If you’re a young driver, avoid distractions, don’t speed, and never drive if you’re over the limit.

The Nashville auto accident attorneys at Ponce Law are here to help anyone hurt in a crash caused by someone else’s negligence. Contact us today for a free consultation.

More Takata Airbags Were Recently Recalled

by Staff Blogger | February 26th, 2020

As of March 2019, the Takata airbag recall was the largest consumer product recall in American history. It involved 56 million air bags in 41.6 million vehicles produced by 19 different automakers, including Ford, Honda, Mazda, and many more.

In December 2019, the recall expanded once again, this time to include a separate type of airbag also manufactured by Takata. Both types of airbags can explode when deployed, putting drivers and passengers at risk of serious injuries and death.

The new recall involves 1.4 million affected airbags in vehicles manufactured by Toyota, BMW, Audi, Honda, and Mitsubishi. As with the original recall, this one may expand over the coming months and years. You can check your vehicle’s status and determine if it’s part of the recall by entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into the form on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.

Airbags and seat belts are two of the most important safety features in vehicles. They significantly reduce the risk of serious and fatal injuries during crashes, so it’s vital for drivers and vehicle owners to get defective airbags replaced as soon as possible. Automakers are offering to replace defective airbags for free, but to take advantage of the deal, you must bring your vehicle to a dealership’s service center.

At Ponce Law, we know that accidents are dangerous enough. The last thing drivers need to worry about is the devices that are supposed to protect them instead putting them in even greater danger. Our Nashville auto accident attorneys are here to help injured victims after all types of crashes, especially when they were harmed by negligent drivers. If you or someone you love was hurt in a collision, contact us today for a free consultation.

Tips for Driving Safely With a Pet in Your Vehicle

by Staff Blogger | February 24th, 2020

There are many important things to remember when driving with children, the most important of which is ensuring they’re secured in the right seats for their size and age.

But what about pets? It’s becoming more and more common for pet owners to travel around town with their dogs, cats, and other companions riding shotgun. But as with all vehicle occupants, pets are extremely vulnerable during crashes—and they can also be extremely distracting!

Follow these tips to reduce your and your pet’s risks the next time you take them out on Nashville’s roadways:

  • Place your pet inside a size-appropriate carrier—Who doesn’t love the sight of a dog hanging his head out the window of his owner’s vehicle and enjoying the breeze on a warm day? Unfortunately, allowing pets to roam freely in vehicles isn’t just dangerous for them, it can be dangerous for owners, too. Keep your dog, cat, or any other animal contained for their safety.
  • Keep pets in the back seat—Even crated pets can be distracting when they’re sitting right next to you. Whether it’s Fido’s barking and scratching, or Garfield’s meowing and pawing, you may be tempted to look at your fluffy friend instead of the road ahead. Keeping pets in the backseat makes it easier to focus on the task at hand.

When pet owners fail to keep their animals secured, they put them at unnecessary risk of serious injuries, and they can even increase their own risk of causing crashes. Were you or someone you love hurt in an accident caused by a negligent driver? If so, the Nashville auto accident lawyers at Ponce Law want to help. Call us today for a free consultation.

3 Tips for Better Car Seat Safety

by Staff Blogger | February 19th, 2020

If your children ride in car seats or booster seats, you know how important these safety devices are for reducing their risks if you’re involved in an accident. But did you know that child safety seats can be easily rendered less effective due to improper installation or a few minor oversights? The next time your children ride with you in your vehicle, keep these tips in mind to further reduce their risks:

  1. Choose your child’s jacket wisely—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently reminded parents that bulky winter jackets can make car seats less effective for children. That’s because the bulkiness of their jackets can result in a loose fit of the harness. Instead of puffy materials, choose jackets and clothing made with lightweight and form-fitting fleece.
  2. Take advantage of free car seat installation demonstrations—Fire and police departments throughout Middle Tennessee frequently offer car seat checks for parents to ensure their seats are properly installed. Check your local news to find out when the next one near you will be, or schedule a visit with a trained technician by entering your zip code here: https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats
  3. Replace your child’s car seat if it has been involved in an accident—Car seats are much less effective after they’ve been involved in an accident. Even if you were in a minor accident, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Damaged car seats may fail to properly secure children during crashes, putting them at significant risk.

Were you or your child hurt in a crash caused by a negligent driver? If so, the Nashville auto accident attorneys at Ponce Law want to help you get compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Tips for Driving in Heavy Fog

by Staff Blogger | February 13th, 2020

Most people are aware of the dangers of inclement weather like heavy rain, ice, and snow. But fog can be extremely dangerous, too. That’s because it can severely limit visibility to the point where seeing more than a few feet in front of your vehicle is difficult or impossible.

It’s important to never take fog lightly when you’re driving. Not only does it significantly increase your risks of being involved in a crash, but it can also worsen without warning. You may have visibility of dozens of feet, only to suddenly be unable to see more than one car length ahead.

Following these tips can help you reduce your risks while driving in light, medium, or heavy fog:

  • Reduce your speed—The best guideline for all types of inclement weather is to simply reduce your speed. Slowing down means you have more time to react and slow down or stop to avoid a potential collision. When driving in fog, you drive upon slowed or stopped traffic, and traveling below the speed limit means you’ll have enough time to reduce your speed even further.
  • Turn on headlights, but not your brights—Having some extra light while driving in fog, even during the daytime, can make it easier to see what’s in front of you and for other drivers to see you. But your bright lights can have the opposite effect, as the fog will reflect them back towards you, making it more difficult to see.
  • Avoid all distractions—Being able to quickly react to potential obstacles and hazards is essential while driving, particularly when there’s fog. You never know what’s up ahead when your visibility is limited, and if you look away from the road even momentarily, it may be enough to cause a serious crash.

If you or someone you love gets injured in a fog-related crash, you may be eligible for compensation, especially if the other driver was speeding, distracted, or otherwise failed to drive safely. Contact the Nashville auto accident lawyers at Ponce Law today for a free consultation.

What Compensation Is Available for Auto Accident Victims?

by Staff Blogger | January 13th, 2020

After suffering a crash-related injury, most victims have two priorities: getting better and getting compensation. In addition to being stressful, auto accidents also have the potential to cause serious and disabling injuries. The costs of auto accidents can be overwhelming. When crashes are caused by someone else’s negligence, victims can pursue compensation to cover some or all of their accident-related expenses.

Compensation that victims can recover includes:

  • Medical bills – Medical costs after a crash start adding up immediately, especially if victims are transported to the hospital in ambulances. From there, costs may skyrocket due to surgical procedures, overnight stays in the hospital, physical rehabilitation, and more.
  • Lost wages – When victims are too hurt to work, they lose the paychecks they and their loved ones depend on. Serious injuries may even be permanently disabling, making it impossible for victims to return to work.
  • Property damage When your vehicle is damaged in a crash with a careless driver, you deserve compensation for any repair bills you have encountered.
  • Pain and suffering – Auto accidents are just as traumatic as they are painful. The mental, emotional, and physical toll of a crash can be too much for many victims to bear, resulting in a significant impact on their quality of life and ability to enjoy their favorite activities.

These are just a few of the costs someone might face after being involved in a serious crash. If you have been injured in an auto accident, you should always consider your legal options to be sure you are getting the compensation you are entitled to.

The Nashville auto accident attorneys at Ponce Law know how disruptive car crashes can be to the lives of victims and their loved ones. That’s why we do everything in our power to get them maximum compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help your family. Put our team’s experience to work on your behalf.

Six Ways to Keep Yourself Safe During Thanksgiving Travels

by Staff Blogger | November 23rd, 2015

Holiday traffic can be a hassle to say the least. You may be caught in the long holding patterns created by backed up lanes of travelers. Worse yet, increased congestion also increases the chances of a car accident.

If you’re going to be on the road this Thanksgiving, the Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law say you should be prepared for heavier traffic than usual. In fact, more travelers will be on the road this Thanksgiving than in years past.

WKRN 2 News says the AAA Foundation has estimated 46.9 million Americans will take to the road over the next several days. This is an increase from last year’s travel estimate, and it wasn’t the only statistic that was expected to rise. The National Safety Council announced they believe 433 motorists will die and another 52,300 will be seriously injured in motor vehicle collisions this Thanksgiving holiday, which is also an increase from last year’s estimate.

To help you avoid an accident this Thanksgiving, we’d like to offer these six suggestions:

  • Have all vehicle maintenance performed before leaving
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eliminate distractions
  • Buckle up
  • Slow down
  • Don’t drink and drive

At Ponce Law, we’re aware that not all accidents can be avoided, especially when a crash is the fault of another driver. That’s why we would also encourage you to check out our website to learn more about what to do after an auto accident. Doing so could give you the insight you need to handle certain situations in the event a crash does happen.