Nashville Car Accident Lawyers

Poor Road Design Responsible for Nashville Car Accidents Along I-40

by Staff Blogger | October 5th, 2015

For months, the legal staff at Ponce Law has been following the story of how poor engineering and design of a stretch of I-40 near Mt. Juliet has been responsible for dozens of motor vehicle collisions in the area. Just take a look at one of our previous posts on the subject.

Now, there’s data to support the suspicions that many Middle Tennesseans have about this stretch of road. According to The Tennessean, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has analyzed data and determined that the team that designed the stretch of road failed to adequately consider storm water runoff. Furthermore, TDOT says the road isn’t designed to handle the runoff it receives.

When a storm occurs, water can pool along the stretch of highway between Mt. Juliet Road and State Route 109. So far, the pooling water on I-40 has been responsible for at least 30 Mt. Juliet car accidents.

The findings were given to the company responsible for a recent road widening project that led to the issues, and the company stated they will be cooperative in addressing the problems.

At Ponce Law, we know just how dangerous a poor road design can be to motorists. That’s why our Nashville car accident lawyers applaud the efforts being made to correct this particular stretch of road and hope changes to the road’s design can be made soon.

$17.8 Million Awarded to Improve Tennessee Highway Safety

by Staff Blogger | September 21st, 2015

There’s an old adage that the best defense is a good offense—and it can certainly be applied to the idea of highway safety. The Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law are excited to learn that hundreds of agencies in the state will receive funding to make Tennessee roads safer.

According to WATE 6 News, $17.8 million was granted to Tennessee organizations and agencies to improve highway safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is providing the funding via the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

Tennessee’s Department of Transportation Commissioner, John Schroer, explained Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cocke, Cumberland, Hawkins, Jefferson, Knox, McMinn, Roane, Scott, and Sevier counties would each receive a portion of the awards. The money will be used to fund programs that provide safety training and public education, as well as enforcement of laws that can prevent speeding, distraction, and drunk driving accidents.

At Ponce Law, we believe that a well-rounded highway safety plan can help reduce accidents, injuries, and fatalities on our roads. We’re hopeful these funds will to not only improve our current highway safety programs, but also help to create new ways to reduce motor vehicle collisions in Tennessee.

Local Law Enforcement Agencies Recognized for Efforts in Promoting Highway Safety

by Staff Blogger | August 26th, 2015

Law enforcement agencies across Tennessee work hard every day to keep our roads safe. That’s why the Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law are excited to see different law enforcement groups from around the state rewarded for their efforts.

According to WATE 6 News, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the Department of Transportation recently recognized several law enforcement agencies as winners of the 11th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge. As part of the contest, agencies are judged on their efforts to educate the public about the dangers of speeding, driving while impaired, and vehicle safety. The Metro Nashville Police Department was the winner in the category with agencies that have than 1,000 officers. The Nashville District of the Tennessee Highway Patrol also took third place in their category. Winning agencies are said to combine training, education, and enforcement to make our state’s roads safer places to travel.

Agencies that qualified for consideration in the contest were also eligible to win fully equipped police vehicles for their jurisdiction. The winners were Madison and Hickman counties, along with the Sewanee Police Department.

While the team at Ponce Law would like to congratulate all participants and winners in this year’s challenge, we know that not all crashes can be prevented. That’s why motorists should be familiar with what to do after an auto accident. We hope this information helps keep you and your loved ones safe on the road!

New Laws Aim to Reduce Fatal Tennessee Car Accident Numbers

by Staff Blogger | August 3rd, 2015

The Dangers of Drunk Driving and Not Buckling Up

Two of the leading causes of Tennessee car accidents are drunk driving and a lack of seatbelt use. Data from the Insurance Institute of Highway safety shows drunk driving accidents account for roughly one-third of all fatal collisions in our state, while almost half of those who die on Tennessee highways are not wearing their seatbelts.

State legislators are hoping to address these issues with several new laws.

DUI Monitoring

This recently passed bill will require anyone charged with vehicular homicide or vehicular assault resulting from driving while intoxicated to wear a transdermal alcohol-monitoring bracelet as a condition of his or her release from custody. The unit is capable of detecting alcohol in a person’s system by monitoring moisture released through the skin. Officials say the law aims to keep repeat driving under the influence offenders off the road.

Seat Belt Laws

New regulations have also increased the penalties for not wearing a seatbelt in Tennessee. An article from The Daily Herald says fines for failing to buckle up have increased from $10 to $25 for a first offense and from $20 to $50 for secondary and subsequent infractions. The fine for any driver between ages 16-17 who is not properly restrained was also increased from $20 to $25.

Protect Yourself

The legal staff at Ponce Law believes in the importance of highway safety and is encouraged by recent legislation, but we know the key to preventing accidents starts with drivers. Our Nashville car accident lawyers ask you to always buckle up and to avoid driving after drinking alcohol.

Seat Belt Design Flaws May Put Safety of Occupants at Risk

by Staff Blogger | July 6th, 2015

Could the design of seat belts be putting your safety at risk? The Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain that new data indicates the answer to that question may be yes.

NBC-Los Angeles News explains that, prior the turn of the century, seat belts were designed to lock passengers into place during accidents. This led to neck, back, and rib injuries.

When airbags became standard vehicle safety equipment though, engineers designed seat belts that allow passengers to slightly move forward when collisions occur. Research has shown flaws in this design, though.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a statement saying that although seat belts designed to spool out are generally safe, they can also compromise safety if airbags don’t deploy or if the vehicle is struck at an angle.

While there is little data regarding the number of injuries associated with the spool out seat belt design, at least 20 lawsuits have been filed in connection to injuries or deaths that may be associated with the potentially defective part.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers are hopeful decisions in these cases will lead to the production of safer vehicle equipment.

Tennessee Law Enforcement Focuses on Reducing Distracted Driving Accidents

by Staff Blogger | June 19th, 2015

Distracted driving has never been more of a problem in Tennessee than it currently is. In fact, last year saw the highest number of distracted driving accidents on record in our state with an estimated 21,000 crashes. Those collisions accounted for 48 fatalities and another 8,000 motorists suffering serious injuries.

Our Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law say the Tennessee Highway Patrol is working to reduce the number of distracted driving accidents in our state. They are hoping to achieve this through strict enforcement of the law.

The law prohibits drivers in our state from using an electronic device to send or read text messages and it’s an infraction troopers are targeting. According to an article from WBIR News, Knoxville specifically has seen a steady increase over the years in the number of citations issued for distracted driving infractions. Other areas can expect to see more law enforcement officials issuing more tickets as well.

The punishment for an infraction isn’t lenient and could get even more stringent. Current regulations make distracted driving punishable by a $50 fine, but lawmakers are pushing to have the fine raised to $250.

Our legal staff at Ponce Law encourages you to help reduce distracted driving. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers are asking you to do your part to keep our roadways safe by eliminating items and activities that can take your eyes and attention off the road, including:

  • Cellphone Use– Put your phone down when driving and don’t pick it up until you reach your destination.
  • Food and Drink– Avoid eating food or sipping beverages while behind the wheel.
  • Radios– Adjust your stereo settings, pick out a CD, or select a playlist prior to getting on the road.
  • Other Passengers– Refrain from paying attention to others in the vehicle while driving.

Doctors Urge Drivers to Keep Safety a Priority This Summer

by Staff Blogger | June 17th, 2015

School’s out in Middle Tennessee, and kids and teenagers are out and about in the summer heat. What many residents of our area don’t realize is that this time of year is notorious for an increase in the number of children struck by motor vehicles. The Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law point out that this year is no different.

Doctors at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt explain that last summer, 31 kids were treated for motor vehicle accident injuries. Several children this year as well, which prompted their concern.

According to an article from WKRN 2 News, a majority of these accidents tend to occur when children run into the street or when unsuspecting motorists are backing out of a driveway.

To help prevent these accidents, never allow children to cross the street alone. Also, parents should also teach older children how to safely cross the street by making eye contact with drivers and waiting for vehicles to come to a complete stop before walking into a roadway.

At Ponce Law, we recognize the fact that accidents may still happen, even when safety is a priority. That’s why our attorneys would like to offer a few tips on what to do after an auto accident occurs.

Expect Traffic and Route Changes During Bonnaroo and CMA Fest

by Staff Blogger | June 8th, 2015

It’s going to be a busy week around Middle Tennessee with Bonnaroo and CMA Fest—two of our state’s largest music festivals—taking place over the course of the same four days. With so many residents and out-of-towners attempting to get to their destinations, you can count on traffic patterns being altered. The Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law would like to let you know about some of the changes you can expect.

Downtown Nashville will see lane and street closures stemming from CMA Fest. Law enforcement shut down Broadway from First to Second Avenue last night at midnight. The road will remain closed throughout the remainder of the week and officials have stated other roads will be closed in the area as the opening of the festival approaches.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol and Department of Transportation will be keeping traffic moving along I-24 as attendees for the annual Bonnaroo Music Festival begin to arrive in Manchester. WKRN 2 News has provided details about what attendees can expect as they begin to make their way closer to the farm.

At Ponce Law, we know the risks that traveling in high traffic volumes can pose. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers are encouraging motorists to stay safe by buckling up, slowing down, and driving defensively during this weekend’s festivities.

Nashville Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Urge Citizens to Attend Safety Event

by Staff Blogger | May 29th, 2015

Being one of the largest metropolitan areas in Tennessee and one of the state’s largest tourist destinations, Nashville has its fair share of pedestrians. In fact, statistics show that as many as one in four Nashville residents walk to work or to events around town at least once a week.

The Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers at Ponce Law point out that we also see a high number of collisions between vehicles and people. In 2014, there were a total of almost 300 pedestrian accidents in Davidson County.

To help reduce the number of Nashville pedestrian accidents, an event is scheduled to be held at Hume-Fogg High School in downtown Nashville that will raise awareness about pedestrian safety. The event will be held in the library at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29.

According to WKRN 2 News, crosswalk safety will be the main topic of discussion. The event will also feature local officials, including current city legislators as well as candidates running for local offices. Law enforcement and public works representative will also be on hand to offer their perspectives on the topic.

At Ponce Law, we recognize the risks that can come with walking busy city streets, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers would like to encourage anyone who regularly walks and is free to consider attending this event.

Nashville Car Accident Lawyers Talk Traffic Safety For Memorial Day Weekend

by Staff Blogger | May 22nd, 2015

Memorial Day weekend has officially kicked off in Tennessee and officials are expecting it to be an extremely busy weekend for travelers. Estimates show that as many as 755,000 Tennesseans will be traveling more than 50 miles from home over the extended weekend. With so many motorists on the road, our Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law would like to remind the public to keep safety in mind at all times when on the road.

Drivers should remember to obey the law at all times when operating a motor vehicle. This means adhering to the speed limit, refraining from texting or using electronic devices while driving, and by all means, not drinking and driving. For those who fail to adhere to the rules of the road, law enforcement plans to be out in full force this weekend.

According to an article from The Jackson Sun, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will begin increased patrols throughout the state beginning Friday, May 22, at 12:01 A.M. and continuing until Monday, May 25. This will also be a “No Refusal” weekend, meaning officers and troopers will have judges on hand to sign warrants in order to receive breath and blood samples from potentially intoxicated motorists.

At Ponce Law, we recognize the hazards increased traffic volumes can pose to motorists on the highway and our Nashville personal injury lawyers urge all motorists to slow down, buckle up, and drive defensively this Memorial Day weekend.