August 18th, 2021|
Headphones and earbuds are one of the most commonly owned pieces of tech gear in the world. Almost everyone has at least one pair, and they’re often bundled with new smartphones. Whether wired or wireless, headphones and earbuds can provide a quick “escape” from your surroundings and allow you to immerse yourself in music, a podcast, or even just relaxing ambient noise.
But that immersion and escape can be extremely dangerous when you need your hearing to avoid accidents and injuries. Driving with headphones on means you may be unable to hear the sounds of nearby vehicles or emergency responders. That means you won’t be able to hear the sound of someone using their horn or the sound of an ambulance’s siren.
Riding a bicycle or walking with earbuds in can be even more dangerous. When you have no safety features to protect you, and you may not be seen by other drivers, you must do everything in your power to protect yourself and avoid a collision. And when you’re listening to music or a podcast, you aren’t getting all of the sensory information you need to be fully aware of your surroundings.
Finally, wearing headphones can be distracting, even if you have the volume low enough to still hear what’s going on around you. When you’re engrossed in a song or podcast, you aren’t giving the task at hand the attention it deserves, whether that’s driving, cycling, or walking safely.
At Ponce Law, we always encourage safe road habits, and we hold people who neglect them and then cause accidents accountable. Contact our Nashville auto accident lawyers today if you were injured by a negligent driver.
August 11th, 2021|
Parents have a lot on their plates when it comes to keeping their children happy, healthy, and safe. After so many years of keeping these three needs in check, the loss of control that parents experience when their children begin driving can be frightening and stressful.
Although safe driving habits can be taught and learned at any age, parents who instill them into their children from a young age often have an easier time getting them to abide—and getting to sleep at night. Here are three ways that parents can set good examples for their kids:
- Always buckling up—Wearing your seat belt is the most important thing you can do for reducing your risk of injury and death in a crash. Buckle up on every trip, regardless of how far you’re going.
- Never driving while distracted—Put your phone down when you start your vehicle and don’t pick it back up until you reach your destination. If you text or make phone calls while driving, your kids may grow up thinking it’s safe and okay to do so.
- Obeying the speed limit—Many people don’t speed intentionally. Instead, they do so because they’re running late or in fast-moving traffic. But when you speed, you send a message to your kids that speed limits are optional, making them more likely to speed, too.
Teaching good examples both long before your kids are licensed drivers and when they’re preparing for their driver’s license tests can help you turn them into safe and attentive drivers.
Unfortunately, not all drivers in Tennessee are safe or attentive, and when they cause crashes that injure others, we’re here to help. Call the Nashville auto accident lawyers at Ponce Law today for a free consultation if you’re hurt by a negligent driver.
August 4th, 2021|
School is almost back in session in Davidson County and throughout Middle Tennessee, and that means more traffic, more school buses, and reduced speed limits in school zones in the mornings and afternoons. This is an exciting time of year for children, parents, and teachers, but it can also be a dangerous time, especially as drivers re-acclimate to the hustle and bustle of morning and afternoon commutes to and from school.
To do your part in keeping Tennessee’s roads safe during this back-to-school season, keep these safety tips in mind:
- Obey crossing guards, not traffic lights. When you approach a school zone and there’s a crossing guard present, remember that he or she dictates right-of-way, not traffic lights or stop signs. Even if you arrive at an intersection first or have a green light, you shouldn’t proceed until you’re waved through.
- Never pass a bus that’s picking up or dropping off children. When bus drivers stop to pick up or drop off children, you are forbidden from passing them. Doing so isn’t just dangerous—it’s also illegal.
- Expect the unexpected—When you drive near schools and through residential areas before and after school, always be prepared for the unexpected. Children may be present and can run into the road at any time. Drive slowly and keep your eyes focused on the road ahead by avoiding distractions.
Following these tips can reduce your risks of being in a crash, but it can’t prevent it. Negligent drivers are everywhere, and when they cause crashes, our Nashville auto accident lawyers hold them accountable. Call Ponce Law if you or someone you love is hurt by a negligent driver—we want to help you get maximum compensation.
August 1st, 2021|
More than 10% of American adults say that they’re chronically sleep deprived, and 70% say that they’re sleep deprived at least one night a month. And the CDC says one in three adults don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis.
There are many complications associated with sleep deprivation, but the most dangerous is the effect it has on driving skills. When drivers are sleep deprived, they suffer from impairment that’s similar to being drunk. They may experience blurred vision, delayed reaction times, and exercise poor judgment behind the wheel.
The combination of these factors can make driving extremely dangerous. And yet if the statistics are accurate, a huge number of Tennesseans are driving while impaired every single day due to sleep deprivation. If you’re sleep deprived, it’s important to make a few changes to try and be more rested before your daily commute.
- Avoid screentime before bed. One of the most common causes of sleep deprivation today is screentime, especially right before bedtime. Avoid using your phone, computer, television, or tablet for at least one hour before you go to sleep.
- Avoid alcohol. Although alcohol can help some people fall asleep, it often leads to poor sleep quality. Abstaining from alcohol can make the sleep you get more restorative.
- Get treated for sleep apnea. A significant number of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, which severely disrupts sleep quality. Both a CPAP machine and lifestyle changes can help reduce the effects of sleep apnea and restore sleep quality.
At Ponce Law, we’re here to help those hurt by negligent drivers on TN’s roadways. If you or someone you love was injured by an impaired driver, our Nashville auto accident lawyers want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
July 14th, 2021|
After an auto accident, it’s hard to do anything except focus on your physical recovery. But your financial recovery may depend on getting the ball rolling on a personal injury claim ASAP. Although you have one calendar year to file your claim, there are a few things to know about before you decide to put off pursuing compensation until you’ve recovered or to a more convenient time.
- One year passes quickly—Tennessee is one of just a few states with a one-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims. Other states know that most victims need at least two full years after their injuries to get their affairs in order and pursue compensation, but Tennessee requires taking almost immediate action.
- Evidence disappears—Some of the most important evidence for auto accident claims include accident scene debris and camera footage, whether it’s dashcam footage, intersection footage, highway camera footage, or surveillance camera footage. All of this evidence can be deleted or become unavailable in a matter of days or weeks after a crash.
- Insurance companies become more skeptical—The longer the timeframe between your accident and your injury claim, the more skeptically the insurance company will view it. It’s common for insurers to believe that victims weren’t actually hurt in their crashes but were injured at a later date and are using their crashes to get money for those injuries.
July 7th, 2021|
Despite people traveling less during 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, traffic fatalities increased in Tennessee. The year saw 1,217 deaths on the state’s roads compared to 1,136 in 2019, 1,040 in 2018, and 1,024 in 2017.
The trend appears to be continuing in 2021, as there have already been 650 traffic fatalities in 2021 compared to 509 through the same timeframe in 2020. What’s the cause of the increase? A report by WATE cites a spokesperson for the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), who says that distracted driving, driving under the influence, and speeding all play major roles in the increase in traffic fatalities.
Drivers became accustomed to fewer vehicles being on the road during the COVID-19 shutdowns, which meant that many developed bad habits behind the wheel. Unfortunately, many of those habits have continued even as workplaces have begun reopening and drivers have restarted their daily commutes.
In response, the THP has stepped up its enforcement of speed limits, with more troopers positioned on highways and interstates to catch drivers who put themselves and others at risk by speeding. Although drunk driving and distracted driving are both extremely dangerous, speeding remains the most common cause of injury-causing and fatal crashes nationwide.
You can reduce your risks by always being aware of the speed limit of the road you’re on and never exceeding it. If everyone around you is speeding, move to the far-right lane and allow faster traffic to pass. And be sure to slow down in work zones, as not only is it more dangerous to speed through them, but fines are significantly increased as well.
At Ponce Law, our Nashville auto accident lawyers are ready to help anyone hurt by negligent and speeding drivers throughout Middle TN. If you or someone you love is injured by a bad driver, we want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
July 2nd, 2021|
When was the last time you checked your tires? And not just gave them a quick glance, but a thorough inspection of all four? If you’re like most Tennessee drivers, it was probably a long time ago—if ever!
Along with your brakes, your tires are the most important components on your vehicle. They’re the only part of your vehicle that comes into contact with the ground, and their tread is what keeps your vehicle controllable whether you’re on flat, dry pavement or wet, uneven asphalt.
June 28 to July 4, 2021, is National Tire Safety Week, which makes it the perfect time to inspect your tires. Here are a few things you can do to ensure your tires are in good condition:
- Check for damage—Before anything else, check your tires for signs of visible damage. Are there any nails or other debris embedded in the rubber? Do the tires appear to have dry rot?
- Measure their tread levels—Tires have expiration dates, which coincides with when they’ve lost enough tread to no longer grip the road. The easiest way to check your tire tread is to stick a penny in a groove upside down. If you can see Abe’s head, your tires need to be replaced.
- Check their PSI—One of the quickest ways to improve your vehicle’s safety and performance is to ensure your tires are properly inflated. Check their PSI regularly and inflate any tires that have lost their recommended PSI.
Vehicle maintenance is an essential part of being a safe driver. But not all drivers care about it or giving other drivers the courtesy and respect of following best practices or even traffic laws. When those drivers injure innocent people, our Nashville auto accident lawyers step in to help.
Contact Ponce Law today for a free consultation after a crash that wasn’t your fault.
May 26th, 2021|
Planning to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend? If so, know that you’ll be heading out on one of the most dangerous weekends of the year. Memorial Day weekend is particularly fraught with peril because of increased traffic volumes and the potential for more drivers to be intoxicated than usual.
To reduce your risk of a crash, be sure to follow these tips:
- Leave early—Giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination improves your chances of a crash-free trip in many ways. First, it makes you less likely to speed, as you’ll have plenty of time to arrive on time. Second, it makes it easier to keep a cool head in heavy traffic, as you won’t be feeling the pressure of arriving late.
- Plan your route—You may have multiple routes that you can take to reach your destination. Some routes may be interstate-only, while others may involve highways. Some may be back roads-only. Choose the route that you’re most comfortable with and that will involve the least amount of traffic.
- Don’t drink and drive—Even if you abstain from alcohol before driving to and from your destination, it’s still important to avoid alcohol before driving after you arrive. That means watching your intake at dinner and while spending time with family and friends if you plan on driving soon after—and that includes boats!
Unfortunately, not all drivers will be safety-conscious over the upcoming holiday weekend. And when negligent drivers cause crashes, it’s our goal to help victims get compensation. If you or someone you love is injured this Memorial Day, contact the Nashville auto accident lawyers at Ponce Law today for a free consultation.
May 19th, 2021|
If you’re like many Tennesseans, you spend your weekends in the summer driving to and from the lake or the mountains. And chances are, you’re towing something big and heavy on those trips. Whether it’s a camper, a vehicle trailer, or a boat, it’s important that you know how to tow safely to avoid a crash.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you tow:
- Double-check all connections—Is the object you’re towing properly secured on your vehicle’s trailer hitch? Are the lights working? Did you connect the safety chains? It’s easy to become complacent when you tow frequently, but this step should never be rushed.
- Check your trailer tires—Trailer tires are highly susceptible to dry rot and underinflation, especially if you store your trailer outdoors and haven’t used it in months. If any of your trailer’s tires look worn or damaged, replace them before heading out.
- Drive slowly and carefully—Hauling even a small boat or vehicle trailer dramatically changes your turn radius, acceleration, braking, and more. You need to take wide turns and give yourself plenty of time and distance to slow down and stop.
- Don’t exceed your vehicle’s towing capacity—Know how much weight your vehicle can tow and the weight of what you’re towing. If you exceed your vehicle’s maximum limit, you may lose control of it, cause serious damage to the engine or transmission, and even be unable to stop.
Unfortunately, not all drivers take towing safety seriously, and when they don’t, serious accidents can occur. If you or someone you love is injured by a negligent driver this summer, the Nashville auto accident lawyers at Ponce Law want to help. Contact us today.
May 12th, 2021|
Whether it’s a family member, a friend, a coworker, a carpool driver, or anyone else you know, you probably ride with other people regularly. Being a passenger while someone else is driving requires a lot of trust, but it’s something most of us take for granted or at least don’t worry about too much. But sometimes, crashes are caused not by people in other vehicles, but by the people sitting next to us in the driver’s seat!
At Ponce Law, we always recommend that people consult with a lawyer after auto accidents that weren’t their fault to find out their options for getting compensation. Many people are hesitant to do so if the crashes were caused by people they know, especially family members. In fact, they may not even be aware that they can pursue compensation.
It’s important to know that not only can you sue the driver of the vehicle you were riding in after a crash they caused, but you should—especially if the crash caused you to suffer serious injuries. Don’t worry—suing the driver is unlikely to make a dent in their personal finances. Instead, your accident-related expenses will be paid from their auto insurance policy.
You shouldn’t pay out of pocket for a crash that wasn’t your fault if a stranger caused it, and the same is true if the at-fault party is someone you know or are even related to. The Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law know that this situation isn’t always easy, and we’re here to help you get compensation while ensuring your case is handled with care. Contact us today for a free consultation.