November 25th, 2020|
There’s no safer place for pedestrians in Music City than sidewalks and crosswalks. But too many pedestrians view these areas as impenetrable forcefields that protect them from any and all dangers. While they’re certainly safer than walking on shoulders or jaywalking, you’re still at risk, and that means you must remain vigilant.
The biggest self-inflicted risk factor that pedestrians face is distraction. Locals who enjoy walking and running may think nothing of using ear buds or even chatting on the phone while they’re out and about. Tourists may have their eyes glued to their phones while they look up directions, hail rideshares, or book reservations.
All of these activities can be dangerous when you’re walking, even if you’re on a sidewalk or crosswalk. That’s because drivers aren’t always paying attention to where they’re going or whether pedestrians are in their path. That means it’s up to you to make sure the coast is clear when you’re walking with both your eyes and ears.
Look both ways before crossing the street, even if you have a “Walk” signal. Keep checking lanes of traffic as you cross. In addition, avoid listening to music while walking, as doing so can block important traffic noise and the sounds of approaching vehicles. Finally, keep your head up and eyes pointed forward the entire time you’re walking, so that you have a better view of your surroundings.
And if you’re ever hurt in a pedestrian accident that wasn’t your fault, the Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers at Ponce Law are here to help you maximize your chances of getting paid. Call today for a free consultation.
October 6th, 2020|
October is the first-ever National Pedestrian Safety Month. Awareness and enforcement campaigns are being highlighted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Highway Administration to help pedestrians reduce their risks and provide drivers with tips for not endangering pedestrians.
According to the NHTSA, there are five tips all pedestrians should keep in mind while walking:
- Walk on sidewalks if they’re available.
- Avoid distractions while walking.
- Cross the street at crosswalks, and look both ways before crossing, even if you have a “walk” signal.
- Make yourself as visible as possible to drivers by wearing bright and reflective clothing.
- Be aware that vehicles may enter or exit driveways or backup in parking lots.
It’s especially important to be aware of these tips if you’re out and about in some of the busier areas of Nashville, including Broadway, 2nd Ave., Midtown, 12 South, Hillsboro Village, downtown, and more. Drivers aren’t always on the lookout for pedestrians, and that makes it even more vital that you protect yourself by following as many safety precautions as possible.
In addition, remember that daylight hours are dwindling in Nashville. Daylight saving time ends on Sunday, November 1, and that means the sun can begin setting well before 5 p.m. in Middle Tennessee. Try to walk only during daylight hours, and if you must walk after dark, carry a flashlight with you.
At Ponce Law, we know that pedestrians face many risks, and when they’re struck by cars, they can suffer serious, disabling, and even life-threatening injuries. If you or someone you love is injured by a driver while you’re walking, our Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
June 1st, 2020|
Safety organizations, police departments, and media outlets have spent countless dollars and decades educating the public on the dangers of driving while intoxicated. The effects of alcohol make it extremely difficult for drivers to safely maneuver their vehicles and avoid putting themselves and others at risk.
But did you know that walking under the influence can also be dangerous? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were nearly 6,000 pedestrian deaths in the U.S. in 2017. One in three of those deaths involved a pedestrian whose blood alcohol content was at or over the legal limit of 0.08%.
Any amount of alcohol can impair fine motor skills, which affects your ability to walk in a straight line. It also affects judgment, decision-making skills, and even your ability to track moving objects. Combined, the effects of alcohol can make a simple task like crossing the street or walking on a sidewalk more dangerous for pedestrians, especially at higher levels of intoxication.
In addition, walking in public while intoxicated can put you at risk of receiving a citation or even being arrested for public intoxication. Don’t risk it, and don’t underestimate the dangers of alcohol consumption even on tasks that seem safe, such as walking home after a night out with friends. Appoint a designated driver, use public transportation, or call a rideshare vehicle to pick you up instead.
The Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers at Ponce Law have seen too many lives upended due to the dangerous effects of alcohol on people who use Middle Tennessee’s roadways. If you or someone you love was harmed by a drunk driver, we want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
April 15th, 2020|
For many people, getting out and enjoying the beautiful spring weather is a welcome respite from being stuck indoors all day while we wait for the COVID-19 pandemic to resolve. Whether you walk downtown, through 12 South, along the riverfront, or anywhere else in Music City, it’s important to remain focused on your safety.
While it’s true there are significantly fewer cars on the road than normal, that isn’t an excuse to engage in dangerous behaviors. You should still take the following precautions while walking:
- Stick to sidewalks—Most of Nashville’s neighborhoods are equipped with sidewalks, and they are by far the safest place for pedestrians.
- Use crosswalks—When you’re ready to cross the street, use crosswalks to do so. Even if you don’t see any vehicles approaching, it’s still important—and legally required—to use crosswalks when they’re available.
- Avoid distractions—Whether you’re walking or running, avoid the temptation to blast music on headphones, talk to friends and family on your phone, or send and receive text messages. Walking while distracted is dangerous, as walking near traffic requires full concentration.
- Watch for vehicles exiting driveways, side streets, and alleys—If you’re running or walking in neighborhoods more densely populated areas of the city, be prepared for vehicles to suddenly appear in front of you as they exit homes, businesses, and alleys.
- Walk towards traffic—Visibility is important while walking, and that includes you being able to see approaching vehicles and their drivers being able to see you. Walking towards traffic makes you more easily seen and gives you more time to react.
Ponce Law’s Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys hope everyone stays safe this spring and summer, and we’re always here to help anyone hurt by a negligent driver. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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.
October 25th, 2013|
October 25, 2013
While Halloween can be a fun night for children, it can sometimes prove to be deadly. Data indicates that an average of 5.5 pedestrian accident fatalities are reported each year on Oct. 31. The Nashville Pedestrian Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law point out that this number is twice as high as any other night.
In an effort to prevent such accidents from occurring in the area this year, the Mt. Juliet Police Department will be ramping up its efforts on pedestrian safety. According to a story released by The Lebanon Democrat, these efforts will include a live “Tweet-Along” with patrol officers, allowing citizens to virtually ride along with law enforcement on Halloween night.
The city will begin increased volumes of patrols on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. During that time, officers will be working to ensure motorists and pedestrians obey all traffic laws. Officers will also be distributing candy to children along the way.
The department is also offering several tips in order to keep trick-or-treaters safe, such as:
- Utilize marked crosswalks
- Look twice in both directions before crossing
- Carry a glow stick or flashlight to increase visibility
- Check all candy for signs of tampering once home
The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are aware of the dangers Halloween can pose to children and are hopeful these tips help to prevent an accident while trick-or-treating.