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.
January 2nd, 2015|
Let’s face it, getting around downtown Nashville isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Between traffic congestion and the bustle of pedestrians making their way across the streets, avoiding Nashville car accidents can be a feat. The task has become even more complicated by the emergence of a new type of vehicle on downtown roads—the low speed vehicle (LSV).
LSVs are often used to shuttle individuals short distances or provide tours of the downtown area. The problem is, these vehicles fit into a grey area of regulation—and liability.
The slow moving vehicles are small and travel along the side of the street, which can make them difficult to see and more prone to collisions. And in the event of a crash, the vehicles offer little protection to passengers.
These are just a few reasons why the city is proposing new regulations for these vehicles. According to WKRN 2 News, officials have suggested the following rules for operating LSVs:
- Drivers must submit to a background check.
- Vehicles must be inspected annually.
- Annual license renewal.
- Insurance limits of at least $20,000 of bodily injury coverage per person, $50,000 in coverage per accident, and $15,000 in property damage coverage.
At Ponce Law, we’ve seen the detrimental effects accidents can have on an individual’s life. That’s why our Nashville personal injury attorneys are hopeful to see regulations put in place that better protect those who choose to use LSVs as a means of transportation around Nashville.
December 29th, 2014|
New Year’s Eve is this week, and workers in Nashville are scrambling to prepare for the festivities. These preparations include road closings around the downtown area, which could lead to an increased chance of Nashville car accidents.
Reports from The Tennessean show that beginning on Monday, Dec. 29, Music City drivers should expect certain streets and roads to be closed to traffic. They include parts of Broadway and First Avenue on Monday to allow foot traffic for the Battle of the Bands and the Hot Chicken Eating World Championship. Then on Tuesday, the Woodland Street Bridge and Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge will be closed for Music City Bowl festivities. Finally, numerous streets in the downtown vicinity will be blocked as part of the Bash on Broadway for New Year’s Eve.
- Buckle Up- Wearing a seat belt is the best way to protect yourself from harm in the event of a motor vehicle collision.
- Stay Vigilant- Watch for pedestrians and other vehicles by looking twice in all directions before entering or changing lanes in traffic.
- Don’t Drink and Drive- Keep yourself and others safe by arranging for a ride home if you plan on drinking.
We hope these tips help you and your loved ones to have safe travels over the next several days!
December 10th, 2014|
Guardrails are designed to protect motorists in the event of a crash, but new research has shown that the design of guardrails used across the country—including here in Nashville—may put drivers at risk of car accident injuries or death.
Studies have shown the ET-Plus End Terminals designed by Texas-based company, Trinity Industries, are several inches shorter than the models submitted for approval. This difference in length prevents the guardrails from properly crumbling when struck by motor vehicles, which can cause them to penetrate vehicles and harm drivers and their passengers.
These failures have led to several wrongful death lawsuits against the company, including one stemming from a Tennessee car accident.
The guardrails in question are in use on roadways around Music City. An article from WSMV News says Metro officials have noted at least 20 of the faulty rails around the city.
As of now, nothing has been done about the problem. Four states have already banned the use of the faulty equipment, but Metro officials say they are waiting on the results of new crash testing before deciding whether or not to replace the guardrails.
The Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law encourage you to speak to an experienced law firm if you were injured in a crash caused by a guardrail. Our team is ready to help 24/7—just call 615-244-4325.
October 31st, 2014|
Halloween can be a night of joy as children trick-or-treat for candy. But reports indicate the chances of a child being struck and killed by a car or truck are two times higher on Halloween as compared to any other night of the year.
In an effort to protect both children and adults from the dangers of a car accident, there are several events being held that offer safe places for children to trick-or-treat this year, including:
- Cool Springs Galleria– Beginning at 6 P.M. on Halloween, stores in the mall will be handing out candy to children. The family-friendly event has asked that children age 12 and above not wear masks.
- 5th Annual Neddy Jacobs Coffin Race– According to News Channel 5, the event will go from 5 to 8 p.m. in Lebanon Square and will feature trick-or-treating, free hot dogs, and the coffin race—which kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
- Safe Streets/Safe Sweets– The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office will be at the county courthouse in Cookeville this evening to check trick-or-treaters’ candy with metal detectors. The first 200 in attendance will also receive gift bags from the D.A.R.E. program.
At Ponce Law, we recognize the importance of staying safe on Halloween. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers encourage you to consider taking your little one to one of these upcoming events.
September 24th, 2014|
In the wake of the General Motors recall of millions of vehicles due to faulty ignition switches, the public has become more aware of the dangers posed by defective vehicle parts. But how can you make sure your car, truck, or motorcycle is safe and free of faulty equipment? Luckily, technological advances are making getting such information much easier for consumers.
According to an article from News Channel 5, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created a tool on their website that provides the most current recall information on vehicles. Simply plug in your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and the system will pull any information it has on recalls or warnings that may affect your particular vehicle.
Vehicle manufacturers update the system on a weekly basis. That’s why experts say motorists should not only use the system to regularly check the status of the own vehicle, but also to check any vehicles they are renting or considering purchasing for any problems as well.
Officials say they believe giving the public more access to recall information may help prevent accidents, which in turn could reduce the number of the most common auto accident injuries we see today.
At Ponce Law, we have seen the devastating results an accident caused by faulty vehicle equipment can have. That’s why our Nashville personal injury attorneys encourage you to use the NHTSA’s tool on a consistent basis to ensure your vehicle is safe.
September 22nd, 2014|
Many in Middle Tennessee were devastated to learn former Tennessee Titan, Rob Bironas, died over the weekend as the result of a Nashville car accident. Reports indicate the crash happened at around 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, on Battery Lane.
News Channel 5 reports Bironas was behind the wheel of a GMC Yukon Denali when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in the road, left the roadway, and crashed into the tree line. The impact caused the SUV to roll several times before it came to a halt in a ditch. Bironas, the single victim in the crash, was transported to a local hospital, but was declared dead upon arrival.
Bironas had been the kicker for the Titans over the past nine seasons and was a cornerstone in many of the program’s accomplishments through the years. He accumulated 1,032 points during his time with the team, in addition to leading the league in field goals during the 2007 season.
Bironas was also known for his philanthropy here in town, having created the Rob Bironas Fund to provide music programs in schools for Tennessee children.
At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers know how difficult it can be to lose a loved one, which is why we would like to send our deepest sympathies to the Bironas family. We know that Rob’s talent and community-minded nature will be sorely missed.
September 8th, 2014|
There’s almost an endless list of causes to motor vehicle collisions. One of the most common causes for a Nashville car accident is faulty equipment, with one in six cars and trucks in the city currently under recall.
This figure leaves many local Middle Tennesseans wondering what they can do to ensure their vehicle is safe and is free of faulty equipment. An article from News Channel 5 investigates points out most vehicles under recall do not get repaired because the owner is simply unaware of the problem. But now there are two new ways to stay abreast on the latest vehicle recalls.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created a new search on their website. Just enter the Vehicle Information Number (VIN) of your vehicle to see if there are any associated recalls.
Carfax has also created a smartphone app that alerts motor vehicle owners to recalls. Just enter your car or truck’s license plate to see if there are any open recalls on your vehicle. The app will also alert users to future recalls on their vehicles.
While technology can be handy to raise awareness of problems with vehicles, accidents can still happen. That’s why it’s important to speak with a Nashville personal injury lawyer if you’ve been injured in an auto accident.
At Ponce Law, our team of attorneys has decades of combined experience helping accident victims get back on their feet, and we want to help you do the same. To learn more about what our legal staff can do for you, give us a call at 615-244-4325 today.
May 30th, 2014|
Motor vehicle collisions can sometimes be unavoidable. That’s why being able to contact emergency services in the event of such a crash is so important. One Nashville company has created a piece of technology that they hope will revolutionize the way Nashville car accidents are responded to in the future.
The invention connects smartphones to sensors in vehicles. When the sensors are set off, a signal is sent to the device and it automatically contacts an emergency service center to have help sent to the crash scene. An article from News Channel 5 states no directions are necessary either, as the unit uses GPS to pinpoint the location of the crash and then sends the coordinates to emergency services.
The inventors of the device say it can be especially useful in a crash if the driver is unconscious or immobile. Other times, cellphones can be lost or difficult to locate if they were thrown around in the vehicle during the crash.
The company, called SplitSecnd, is promoting the devices use by giving away 100 units to local teens this who pledge to drive safe.
Our Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law understand the importance of staying safe behind the wheel and encourage motorists to consider the use of a product like what SplitSecnd has to offer.
March 26th, 2014|
March 26, 2014
While most motorists do not hesitate to put on their seat belt when they step into a vehicle, many citizens fail to realize the importance of having children properly restrained. This doesn’t mean simply buckling them in. Children should be placed into a child safety or booster seat any time the ride in a vehicle.
This is because seat belts are designed to protect adults. Furthermore, the law states that any child under the age of 8 years or not meeting weight standards is required to be in a safety seat when riding in a vehicle.
The importance of utilizing this lifesaving equipment was made clear to one Middle Tennessee resident after a Nashville Car Accident with his child. Reports indicate the crash happened at around 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 along Highway 231.
An article from WATE 6 News stated the victim was suddenly rear-ended by a pickup truck. The impact caused his 2-year-old son, who was riding in a car seat, to be ejected roughly 60-feet from the vehicle after the seat belt supporting the unit was broken. The child survived though, and his father is saying the car seat saved his life.