August 17th, 2015|
Most motorcyclists will tell you they share a special bond with other bikers on the road, and one of the best ways to share this connection is to participate in group rides. It also helps if the ride can benefit a good cause!
The Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers at Ponce Law point out that it should come as no surprise that motorcyclists across Middle Tennessee were excited when Dierks Bentley’s 10th annual “Miles & Music For Kids” motorcycle ride and concert was announced earlier today. The event is scheduled as a kickoff to CMA Awards week in Nashville.
Reports from WKRN News indicate the ride is scheduled to begin at the Harley-Davidson dealership in Columbia, Tennessee. Participants will then begin the hour-long commute to downtown Nashville’s new Ascend Amphitheater, where they have access to an exclusive concert featuring today biggest country music acts, including Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, and The Cadillac Three.
All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. The event has brought in more than $3 million to the organization since it’s inception in 2005.
Those who plan to participate should keep in mind that riding in tight formations can increase the chances of a motorcycle accident. That’s why the Nashville personal injury attorneys at Ponce Law would like to remind motorcyclists to be extra careful and always wear a helmet.
August 7th, 2015|
Riding motorcycles can be a fun hobby, but there are risks associated with getting on a bike. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), there were a total of 4,584 motorcycle accident fatalities last year.
Kendell Poole, the chairman of the GHSA and the director of the Tennessee Office of Highway Safety, says state officials are working on a multifaceted approach to motorcycle safety. The agency is working to promote laws that protect motorcyclists, but more importantly, they are asking motorcyclists to do their part to prevent injuries.
According to Clutch and Chrome, the GHSA has issued a report calling for motorcyclists to not only wear helmets every time they ride, but to invest in bikes with anti-lock braking systems, ride below posted speed limits, and avoid drinking and driving.
Other measure bikers can take to stay safe include:
- Taking a motorcycle safety training course
- Avoiding riding when it’s raining, snowing, or in heavy winds
- Ensuring they are visible to others on the road
The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law point out that preventing motorcycle accidents isn’t just up to bikers. Anyone who operates a motor vehicle should remember to look twice before moving in traffic to ensure there isn’t an oncoming motorcyclist. We hope the efforts being made by the GHSA are successful in making Tennessee’s roadways safer!
May 1st, 2015|
Motorcyclists in Tennessee face a significant risk of involvement in an accident every time they ride. Last year alone, a total of 2,710 Tennessee motorcycle accidents were reported. The Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers at Ponce Law point out that motorcycle fatalities have increased by as much as 25 percent over the last ten years as well.
With numbers like these, May has been declared Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. This is good news to many motorcycle enthusiasts’ ears.
WSMV 4 News reported that the campaign kicked off this morning with a press event with speeches from an individual who survived a Tennessee motorcycle accident and the director of trauma outreach and education at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
If you ride a motorcycle, the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law challenge you to promote motorcycle safety during the coming weeks. One of the best ways you can do this is wearing a helmet.
Lawmakers recently considered a proposal that would allow adult motorcyclists in our state to operate without helmets. While the legislation was shot down, a bill did pass that allows motorcyclists to ride during funeral processions or parades without without helmets. Regardless of the law, our attorneys encourage you to wear a helmet each and every time you ride—it could save your life.
January 21st, 2015|
Spring weather will soon be upon us in Tennessee and you can soon expect to see more motorcycles on the road. The Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers with Ponce Law point out that an increase in motorcycle traffic volume correlates with a rise in the number of accidents involving bikes. In fact, 122 motorcyclists lost their lives in 2014, with a majority of those accidents occurring during the spring and summer.
Numbers like these leave many motorcyclists wondering what they can do to stay safe on the road. A few suggestions include:
- Wearing Safety Gear– Most experts agree that wearing a helmet is one of the best ways to protect your health and safety on a motorcycle. Eye protection is also vital to safety.
- Getting Training– A majority of motorcycle accidents involve riders who have never had formal safety training. That’s why we suggest signing up to take a motorcycle safety course before taking your bike out on the road this year. The Tennessee Motorcycle Rider Education program facilitates these courses at different locations across the state throughout the year. Classes are available for all levels of riders. In fact, the organization sponsors Learn To Ride, which is sponsoring an experienced rider safety course this coming Saturday, Jan. 24. There are still four seats available, so sign up now.
- Being Vigilant- Many motorcycle accidents occur because motorists simply don’t see oncoming motorcycles. That’s why motorcyclists should drive defensively, and drivers of other vehicles should look twice before maneuvering into or out of traffic.
Our Nashville personal injury lawyers hope these tips help you to stay safe on the road!
November 11th, 2013|
November 11, 2013
Tennessee is battling a rising number of fatal motorcycle accidents. The Nashville Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law point out that a total of 114 motorcyclists died in the state in 2011. However, that number jumped dramatically to 139 fatalities in 2012. If accident trends continue, the number could rise even higher this year.
Most recently, a 22-year-old rider from Chattanooga was killed when he lost control of his bike and crashed into a tree near the intersection of Shallowford Road and Standifer Gap Road at around 10 a.m. on Oct. 12.
An article from the Times Free Press reported a 46-year-old rider was killed when he crashed along Access Road during the same weekend as the other crash.
These accidents brought the annual total for motorcycle fatalities in Chattanooga to five, versus four fatalities last year.
These numbers leave many motorists wondering what is being done to improve highway safety in Tennessee. Law enforcement says it will be doing its part to promote safety by increasing the number of saturation patrols focusing on motorcycle compliance. Chattanooga also plans to add to accident investigators to their staff.
The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are aware of the dangers motorcyclists face on the highway and are hopeful the recent efforts help reduce the number of motorcycle accidents and fatalities.
September 23rd, 2013|
September 23, 2013
The Nashville Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that research shows drivers who fail to recognize or yield right-of-way often cause motorcycle crashes. One of the most common reasons given for this failure is that motorists do not see motorcyclists.
This seems to be the case in a crash that recently occurred in Clarksville that left a motorcyclist seriously injured. According to an article from The Leaf Chronicle, occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 2, at the intersection of Pea Ridge Road and Tracy Lane.
Reports state that the victim was traveling along Pea Ridge Road. As he approached the intersection with Tracy Lane, an SUV traveling in the opposite direction attempted to make a left turn in front of the bike, causing the two vehicles to collide.
Such crashes leave many motorists and motorcyclists alike wondering what they can do to help prevent such crashes. Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers says drivers should always look twice in both directions before turning into traffic. Eliminating distractions while driving will also reduce the chances of an accident.
Motorcyclists should work toward making themselves more visible to others on the road by always utilizing a headlight and wearing light-colored or reflective clothing when traveling after dusk or before dawn.
August 26th, 2013|
August 26, 2013
Summer is in full swing in Tennessee, and the volume of motorcycles operating on highways in the state has peaked. The Nashville Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates explain the large number of bikes on the road can lead to an increase in the number of motorcycle accidents.
The serious risks posed by motorcycle accidents were underscored by a fatal crash in Tipton County last week. Reports indicate the collision happened last Monday, along Beaver Road in Munford, Tennessee.
A story from WMCTV 5 News explains the 22-year-old victim was riding along the road when he was struck by an SUV backing out of a driveway. The impact caused the young man to be ejected from his bike and he died a short time later. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
A motorcycle safety study, called The Hurt Report, found a large portion of motorcycle accidents are caused by motorists who fail to yield to oncoming bikes. A common cause of these accidents is that motorists simply fail to see a motorcyclist coming.
Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult the loss of a loved one to a motorcycle accident can be, and they would like to send their sympathies to the family of the victim.