October 30th, 2015|
Halloween is often filled with excitement for both adults and children as we put on our spookiest outfits and make our way door-to-door in search of candy. Still, it’s important to remember that the chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident increase on this particular holiday.
Studies have shown car accident totals on Halloween are dramatically higher than most other days of the year. Dr. Purnima Unni from Monroe Carrell, Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville tells WKRN News 2 that children are around four times more likely to be struck by a vehicle on October 31.
- See and be seen– It’s crucial that children’s costumes fit properly to avoid tripping hazards. Masks, hats, and make-up should not impede vision as well. To help make you more visible to motorists, carry a flashlight or other light source. You can also consider incorporating reflective or glow-in-the-dark materials in your costume.
- Obey traffic laws– Trick-or-Treaters should remember to use sidewalks where they’re available, and always cross the street at crosswalks. Motorists should adhere to all traffic laws, including those against speeding and driving while distracted.
- If driving, stay sober– Driving under the influence is a leading cause of motor vehicle collisions on Halloween. You can do your part to avoid drunk driving accidents on Halloween by finding a safe and sober way to get home, such as a cab, Uber, Lyft, or loved one.
We hope these tips help you to have a safe and happy Halloween!
October 12th, 2015|
The sidewalks along Nashville’s streets provide pedestrians with corridors to move safely beside traffic. Unfortunately, a number of sidewalks in Music City are closed due to construction. The Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain this has left many who travel by foot concerned about motor vehicles in areas where sidewalks are closed.
To raise awareness about the dangers pedestrians face when sidewalks are closed, the safety advocates with Walk/Bike Nashville have launched a campaign that asks citizens to share images of drivers or construction sites that do not take pedestrian safety into consideration. According to News Channel 5, the pictures should be posted on social media with the hashtag #dontblockmywalk.
Local lawmakers say the campaign and recent complaints have prompted them to look into what can be done to improve pedestrian safety in our city. In the meantime, citizens who come across motorists disregarding pedestrian safety should report the vehicle to Metro Police. If you believe a construction site is in violation of city code regarding pedestrian safety, you should report the matter to Metro Public Works or your city councilman.
Helping to protect the safety and rights of our city’s pedestrians is a top priority for the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law. That’s why we’re hopeful the efforts that are currently being made to improve pedestrian safety in Music City are a success.
August 10th, 2015|
Schools are back in session across Middle Tennessee, and many area children are walking along public roads. The Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers at Ponce Law say this leads to an increase in collisions between children and motor vehicles and has prompted local medical professionals to call for increased awareness of pedestrian safety risks.
The medical staff at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has reported treating at least 31 children struck by a car or a truck last summer. According to the Brentwood Home Page, they say that a child running into the street without paying attention is often the cause, but add you can take these steps to help reduce the chances of accidents.
- Prohibit young children from crossing streets alone– Only children age 10 or older should be allowed to cross streets—but even older children should follow several rules when considering crossing streets.
- Look both ways– Before ever crossing a road, be sure to look in both directions to ensure there is no oncoming traffic.
- Be Visible– If walking near dusk or dawn, be sure to carry a flashlight or wear light colored clothing so that motorists can more easily see you.
July 22nd, 2015|
Music City is one of the top tourist destinations in Tennessee. And with so many people concentrated in the city’s tourist destinations—such as Broadway, Five Points, and 12 South—it’s important for the city to focus on pedestrian safety. The Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers explain the city is looking at how they can modify traffic patterns along some of the busiest roads in the city.
Jenna Smith, a spokesperson of the Department of Public Works, explains in the Nashville Post that officials are considering several options to offer pedestrians more safety. One is to widen sidewalks along Broadway without conducting physical construction in the area. Installing temporary fencing along the edges of the roadway would be used to complete the project.
Experts say the plan would not only provide pedestrians with a larger area to walk, but would also provide a barrier of sorts between those walking and drivers. Officials expect a final plan for the project to be reached soon.
Protecting pedestrian safety is vital in a city that depends on tourism to thrive. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers would like to encourage the city to keep focusing on ways to reduce accidents on our streets.
December 20th, 2013|
December 20, 2013
According to a story published by The Tennessean, a 17-year-old student high school student was killed in a pedestrian accident near Hume-Fogg High School yesterday at approximately 1 p.m. at the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Church Street. As the victim attempted to cross the street on her way to school, a commercial truck delivering electrical equipment to a local business failed to yield to the right-of-way during a right turn and struck the girl.
The victim was trapped beneath the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries. The 45-year-old truck driver told law enforcement he did not see the girl crossing the street as he made the turn.
The accident remains under investigation, and the district attorney has yet to determine if the truck’s driver will face charges in connection with the crash.