Nashville highway safety

Crash alert: I-65 bridge repairs set for this weekend following postponement

by Ponce Law | October 30th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Department of Transportation has rescheduled a bridge repair project on Interstate 65 for this weekend, News Channel 5 reports.

The work had been set to take place last weekend but had to be put off because of the weather.

The project will shut down part of I-65 in Nashville at the Wedgewood Avenue bridge. The interstate will be closed in both directions from the downtown loop to I-440.  The closure will begin Friday night at 8 p.m. and continue through Monday morning at 2 a.m.

The TDOT said northbound traffic on I-65 will be routed on I-440 to the I-40/I-24 interstate loop. Traffic headed south will be routed on I-40/I-24 to I-440. Local traffic will be able to access I-65 via the Wedgewood Avenue on-ramps.

The work is part of a $2.4 million bridge repair project scheduled to be completed next spring.

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Crash alert: Portion of I-65 in Nashville to be closed for bridge repairs

by Ponce Law | October 23rd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Drivers are being advised of bridge repair work that will affect some traffic in Nashville this weekend, WSMV reported.

Crews will be making repairs at the Interstate 65 Wedgewood Avenue interchange, prompting the closure of I-65 in that area.  The shutdown will start at 8 p.m. Friday and continue until 5 a.m. Monday. The work is part of a $2.4 million bridge repair project scheduled to be completed next spring.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation said northbound traffic on I-65 will be routed on I-440 to the I-40/I-24 interstate loop. Traffic headed south will be routed on I-40/I-24 to I-440. Local traffic will be able to access I-65 via the Wedgewood Avenue on-ramps.

Along with this weekend’s bridge work, a ramp safety project in the area is slated to begin in early 2021.

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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.