Nashville Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Crash alert: Driver charged after pedestrian struck

by Ponce Law | July 1st, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Police say a driver is facing charges after a pedestrian was struck in Nashville Tuesday night, WKRN reported.

The accident was reported at about 10:45 p.m. in the area of Nolensville Pike and Allied Drive in South Nashville. The pedestrian was hit by 46-year-old Brian Sandidge as he was driving on Nolensville Pike, according to Metro Police.

The victim was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with injuries that were described as life-threatening.

Sandidge was arrested on two charges and was released on bond.  Police say they learned that his driver’s license had been revoked, adding that he also admitted to not having insurance on his vehicle.

If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville car accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you get the justice and fair compensation they deserve when someone else’s negligence causes them harm. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

Walking Under the Influence is Dangerous, Too!

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Stay Safe on Nashville’s Streets this Season

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Nashville Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Urge Citizens to Attend Safety Event

by Staff Blogger | 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.

MTSU Student Killed in Murfreesboro Traffic Accident

by Staff Blogger | January 29th, 2014

January 29, 2014

A tragic motor vehicle collision near the campus of Middle Tennessee State University has claimed the life of a well-known student. The incident occurred on Friday, Jan. 24, at the corner of Middle Tennessee Boulevard and Greenland Drive in Murfreesboro.

Reports published by the Daily News Journal stated the victim was crossing the street in wheelchair at the intersection when he was struck by a turning dump truck. Rescue crews were called to the scene and tried to revive the victim, but they were unable to resuscitate him.

The victim had been involved in a serious accident in 2006 that left him paralyzed.

The victim’s brother says the initial accident left the man in a coma for several months. During his recovery, he gathered strength from numerous sources, such as prayer and music. Those who knew the victim best say he always remained positive despite the setbacks he faced, and he was a beacon of hope to all that knew him.

Losing a loved one to an unforeseen accident can be an extremely difficult time in one’s life. That is why the attorneys with Michael D. Ponce & Associates would like to send their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim.

Police Working to Reduce Tennessee Pedestrian Accident Numbers This Halloween

by Staff Blogger | 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.