Nashville Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

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  Police say they learned that his driver’s license had been revoked, adding that he also admitted to not having insurance on his vehicle.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.

Pedestrian fatally struck by vehicle in Clarksville

by Ponce Law | June 29th, 2020

CLARKSVILLE, TN – A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in Clarksville Friday night, WHOP reported.

The accident happened at about 10:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Wilma Rudolph Boulevard. Clarksville police identified the victim as 20-year-old Demonte Jones.

The circumstances surrounding the incident have not yet been released.

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.

Pedestrian Accident Causes: Low Visibility

by Staff Blogger | December 28th, 2015

The National Highway Safety Administration reports that each year, more than 4,000 pedestrians are killed as the result of a collision with a motor vehicle. This high number of fatalities raises the question as to what contributing factor plays a role in so many pedestrian accidents occurring.

The Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain that low visibility is a leading cause of vehicles striking those who are traveling by foot. Research shows that 72 percent of pedestrian accidents occur during non-daylight hours. Another four percent of these accidents happen at dawn or at dusk, when visibility can still be extremely low.

A recent pedestrian accident that happened on Murfreesboro Pike highlights the risks low visibility can pose to those who are walking on or near a street. Reports from The Tennessean say the 45-year-old victim was attempting to cross the roadway at approximately 5:30 a.m. when a Subaru Forester struck her. The driver of the vehicle stated she didn’t see the victim until the impact occurred. Investigators say the victim was also carrying an umbrella, which may have impeded her vision of oncoming traffic.

While our legal staff at Ponce Law would like to send our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim, our Nashville personal injury lawyers would also like to remind pedestrians and motorists alike that a few simple precautions can help you avoid being involved in a crash. The most important thing for all travelers to do is look to the right and left of the road as you approach any type of crosswalk or intersection. You can also help others to see you by utilizing lights when traveling in low visibility conditions.

Nashville Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Give Important Halloween Safety Tips

by Staff Blogger | 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.

To help reduce the number of accidents in Middle Tennessee this Halloween, our Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers at Ponce Law would like to suggest taking these precautions this Halloween:

  • 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!

Nashville Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Look at Pedestrian Safety

by Staff Blogger | 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.

 

As School Starts, Nashville Pedestrian Accident Prevention Takes Priority

by Staff Blogger | 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.

At Ponce Law, we know the importance of protecting pedestrian safety here in Music City, and our Nashville personal injury attorneys are hopeful this information helps prevent accidents.

Nashville Officials Aim to Reduce Pedestrian Accidents

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Pedestrian Collision Claims the Life of Nashville High School Student

by Staff Blogger | 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.