April 24th, 2015|
This weekend, thousands of people will descend upon downtown Nashville to participate in the 2015 Country Music Marathon. The event is a wonderful time for both participants and spectators, but it can also require some careful planning when trying to navigate through the city. That’s why the Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law would like to offer a few tips to make your commute as easy as possible:
- Know The Route– Races will begin on Saturday, April 25, at 6:45 a.m. along Lower Broadway downtown. Participants will then travel a loop around the west and north ends of town before working their way to the east side of town. A route map gives a more detailed view of areas where you can expect traffic delays.
- Expect Delays– The race route covers many of the main routes around town and racers will be spread over the course for hours, so there is a high probability you will run into traffic tomorrow. Allow yourself extra time to get to your destination. You can also attempt to map a route before leaving to get around heavy traffic.
- Drive Defensively– There will be many people on the road this weekend—including fatigued runners. These individuals may be unaware of traffic patterns and laws, so allow other vehicles extra space and always yield the right of way to pedestrians.
- Consider Alternate Forms of Transportation– It may simply be easier to get where you’re going by walking, riding a bike, or using another form of transportation.
The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law hope these tips help you get around town safely this weekend.
March 27th, 2015|
Distracted driving continues to be a problem among teenage motorists, and one new study from the AAA Foundation shows as many as 58 percent of crashes involving teen drivers are caused by failure to pay attention to the road.
WSMV 4 News reports students at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, were able to see the devastating results of distracted driving firsthand in a safe and controlled environment. A mock crash scene was set up outside of the school on March 26. The scene depicted several students who were injured or killed in a collision caused by a motorist who wasn’t watching the road. A life flight helicopter landed and flew victims away as police and firefighters worked to investigate the scene. It was an emotional sight for many students; especially a 17-year-old girl unable to walk after being involved in a Tennessee distracted driving accident late last year.
The school is also working to make students aware of distracted driving by randomly checking to see if students who drive are using cellphones as they leave campus for the day.
At Ponce Law, we understand the hard work that goes into raising awareness about distracted driving, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers would like to recognize Riverdale High School for their efforts to battle this dangerous behavior among young drivers.
March 20th, 2015|
If you’ve driven in Middle Tennessee for the past several weeks, it’s likely been a bumpy ride. That’s because the roadways around Nashville and the surrounding counties are riddled with potholes caused by the recent winter weather that swept across the area.
The damage potholes can cause to vehicles is extensive and expensive. Drivers have reported thousands of dollars in damages to their cars and trucks from potholes. While your insurer can help you cover the costs associated with pothole damage, the Nashville car accident lawyers with Ponce Law would like to point out one other avenue you may consider in seeking compensation for property damage caused by potholes.
WSMV 4 News reports the Tennessee Department of Treasury may assist you with the costs of vehicle damages associated with striking potholes. Drivers of damaged vehicles need only file claims with the agency and should include at least two written estimates from licensed repair centers. The claim will then be examined and a decision will be issued, which could take as long as 90 days.
At Ponce Law, we know just how expensive repairing a damaged vehicle can be. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers are hopeful these tips will be able to help you get the assistance you need if your car or truck was damaged after hitting a pothole.
August 29th, 2014|
To help reduce the number of lives impacted by Tennessee car accidents, the state’s Department of Transportation (TDOT) has partnered with the Tennessee Department of Safety to create the nation’s first motor vehicle incident management training facility.
A video posted to YouTube by TDOT explains the facility’s round track exhibits a majority of road and highway models—from a six-lane interstate to a four-way intersection of two two-lane roads. This allows law enforcement, fire departments, tow truck drivers, and ambulance crews to be trained in almost any highway accident scenario they may experience on the job.
Ground was broken on the project in May and construction on the project is expected to be completed by the end of this fall. A majority of the funding for the estimated $1 million project was provided through federal grants.
At Ponce Law, we understand the serious risks emergency responders face when on the scenes of accidents. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers applaud the efforts being made to offer these individuals the training they need to keep themselves and other motorists safe on the road.
You can also do your part to help keep emergency crews safe by following these precautions:
- If Possible, Move Over– State law calls for vehicles to move one lane over from stopped emergency vehicles. You should also try to apply this rule to crash scenes.
- Stay Focused and Vigilant– When passing an accident scene, avoid taking your eyes off the road and pay extra attention for people and objects in the road.
- Be Patient– Accidents can cause traffic, so slow down and give other motorists around you space.
January 17th, 2014|
January 17, 2014
Car Accidents are the greatest hazard many Americans face on a daily basis. More than 40,000 United States citizens are killed each year as the result of motor vehicle collisions, making car accidents the number one cause of death among individuals under 34 years old.
The Nashville Car Accident Lawyers at Ponce Law explain that these statistics leave many citizens wondering what the most dangerous times to drive are, and what they can do to help prevent accidents from happening.
According to a Forbes magazine report, the month of August is the most dangerous month to drive due to higher traffic volumes caused by summer travelers. Furthermore, Saturday was ranked as the most dangerous day of the week to drive for similar reasons.
No matter what month or day of the week it is, you can help make the road a safer place by:
- Driving at Safe Speeds – Excessive rates of travel play a part in roughly 30 percent of all fatal collisions.
- Getting a Sober Ride Home – An estimated 54 percent of fatal nighttime accidents are alcohol related. Instead of getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, call a cab or loved one to get you home safely.
- Avoiding Distractions Behind the Wheel – Studies have shown texting or talking on a cellphone while driving can be as dangerous as driving drunk.
The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are hopeful these tips help to keep you and your family safe while traveling!
December 2nd, 2013|
December 2, 2013
As the end of the year approaches and the holidays get into full swing, many citizens and officials are beginning to focus on highway safety. The Nashville Car Accident Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce and Associates explain this focus may partially be due to an increase in fatal collisions in the state.
According to an article from The Tennessean, the state recorded a total of 888 fatal accidents by the beginning of November. The numbers being reported from certain areas in the state are even more distubring. Bedford County reported its number of highway fatalities recently doubled, while Maury County says it has seen three times as many fatal accidents compared to last year’s total.
The state is working to curb the problem though, by working with state and local law enforcement agencies to provide funding for additional campaigns and manpower aimed at taking the most dangerous drivers off the road.
Statistics show drunk driving is a leading cause of fatal accidents. That is why the Governor’s Highway Safety Office is providing grants to allow law enforcement agencies to regularly conduct sobriety checkpoints.
Michael D. Ponce & Associates and their team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers drivers face and ask motorists to do their part to stay safe by slowing down, buckling up, and always driving defensively.