February 18th, 2015|
Middle Tennessee has gotten it’s share of snow and ice this week, and that means it’s time to go sledding. The Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law would like to remind you that although sledding can be a fun way to pass the time, the activity also comes with some risks.
A combination of downhill speed and the inability to stop on slick surfaces can make sledding especially dangerous. Some of the injuries associated with sledding include broken bones, neck and spinal cord injuries, lacerations, and brain injuries.
To put into perspective just how common sledding injuries can be, WKRN 2 News reports that more than 28 children in Middle Tennessee were transported to the emergency room over the past few days due to sledding injuries.
Sledding accidents have also prompted premises liability concerns in the past. In Tennessee, if a person suffers an injury while sledding on your property and you fail to warn them of the risks they may face, you can be held responsible for covering the costs of their care and damages.
In order to avoid sledding injuries, children are encouraged to wear helmets when sliding downhill. You should also choose the location where you sled carefully. Stay in the park or yard and avoid sliding down asphalt that may be iced over.
We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe during the winter blast of 2015!
February 9th, 2015|
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) held a contest to see who can come up with the catchiest safety slogan to help reduce Tennessee car accident numbers. Today, we’re excited to share the saying that was selected—as well as a few that didn’t make the cut.
From “Drive With A Buzz, Deal With The Fuzz” to “ I like you better in your lane,” there were plenty of quirky quips submitted to the latest Tennessee safety contest. Not all of the 3,400 entries were up to par,though. So, B.J. Doughty, the Director of Communications and Community Relations for TDOT, shared a few of the rejected slogans with WKRN 2 News.
On the other hand, there were some very effective ideas. More than 9,000 votes were cast, and the five favorite messages selected to grace hundreds of electronic overhead signs that line Tennessee’s highways include:
- “Texting and Driving? Oh, cell no!”
- “Exit To Text It.”
- “It’s Tennessee. Slow down and enjoy the view.”
- “Hey you! Yeah you! Hang up and drive.”
- “Tailgating is for the game, not the road.”
At Ponce Law, we recognize the importance of highway safety. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers would like to congratulate those who came up with the winning slogans. We are hopeful these messages will be effective in reducing Tennessee car accident rates.
February 6th, 2015|
Despite best efforts, drunk driving continues to be a problem on Tennessee’s roadways. The newest data from the Tennessee Highway Patrol shows more motorists were arrested for driving under the influence last year than in 2013. That same year, drunk driving fatalities represented almost 30 percent of all highway deaths.
So what can we do to reduce Tennessee drunk driving accidents? What if law enforcement could predict where drunk drivers will be? This may seem like wishful thinking, but new technology may make this a reality sooner than later.
According to an article from My FOX Memphis, the Tennessee Highway Patrol plans to use software that can predict where accidents will occur to guess which roads, highways, and intersections are most likely to be traveled by drunk drivers.
The technology currently uses time, date, weather conditions, and traffic patterns to determine where collisions are most likely. A new version of the software will use similar variables to hypothesize about the locations of drunk drivers.
Officials say the information obtained from the software can be used to determine where saturation patrols and checkpoints should stationed.
At Ponce Law, we’ve seen the impact that Tennessee drunk driving accidents can have on victims and their families, and our Nashville car accident attorneys are hopeful this new technology can be used to better protect our state’s motorists from drunk drivers.
January 19th, 2015|
If there’s one thing we know about at Ponce Law, it’s how difficult it can be to recover from car accident injuries—both physically and financially. Luckily for one woman who was seriously injured in a recent car crash, help is available.
Reports from ABC 2 News state that on Dec. 14, 2014, the 27-year-old victim was traveling through Argentina when the car she was riding in was struck head-on by another vehicle. The woman suffered serious head and lung injuries as a result of the crash. Ten days later, she was placed in a medically induced coma and transported to back to Nashville from Argentina via ambulatory airplane. She continues to recover at a local hospital.
As you can imagine, the woman’s medical bills have swelled significantly in the past several weeks, but a concert was held at 12th & Porter in Nashville on Friday to help raise money to cover her treatment costs.
Ponce Law’s team of Goodlettsville car accident lawyers are hopeful the victim can get the help she needs. If you want to contribute, a crowd funding website has been established for her cause. And if you or a loved one needs help after a serious car accident injury, our legal team wants to help—just call 615-244-4321.
Caramel Apples Identified as Defective Product Responsible for Multi-State Listeria and Meningitis Outbreak
December 22nd, 2014|
From design flaws to problems in production, a defective product can take countless shapes and forms. One of the most dangerous faulty items you could encounter is contaminated food.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year, 1 in 6 Americans will become ill after consuming foods that contain bacteria, fungus, or molds.
To bring into perspective just how common exposure to contaminated food is, WKRN 2 News just reported that four people have died and dozens of others across 10 states have been sickened after eating prepackaged, caramel-covered apples that were tainted with listeriosis.
The apples were purchased at convenience stores and resulted in more than 30 individuals developing fevers, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea. Many required hospitalization and treatment.
The report went on to explain the Listeria exposure led to a Meningitis outbreak amongst several older children as well.
In order to protect yourself and others from the risk of exposure, you should refrain from eating any prepackaged, caramel-covered apples that are in your possession. Place the items in a plastic, sealable bag and throw them away. If you’ve been sickened after eating a caramel apple, it may have been tainted with Listeria. See your doctor immediately. You may also want to review your legal rights with an attorney.
At Ponce Law, we have a team of Nashville personal injury lawyers that are dedicated to helping defective product victims. To speak with our staff, just call 615-244-4321 and we will be happy to give you a free consultation of your case.
December 15th, 2014|
If you’ve been approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you may think that your financial troubles are behind you. However, a majority of Social Security Disability recipients continue to struggle financially after being approved for benefits.
The Social Security Administration’s archaic laws regarding how much in income and assets a Social Security Disability recipient can acquire. Currently, a disability recipient can have no more than $2,000 at any given time. They must also adhere to strict limits on the amount of income they can earn per month. These laws prevent the disabled from paying off medical bills, buying transportation, and saving for an education or housing.
Federal officials are working to address these issues by proposing a bill that would revamp these laws to meet today’s income standards. The newly proposed law would allow disabled Americans to establish a tax-free savings account with a $100,000 limit. Deposits of up to $14,000 could then be made to the accounts at no penalty to the account holder, thus allowing the disabled to begin saving for the future. The Huffington Post reports a vote to approve the new law is expected to come soon.
At Ponce Law, we understand the struggles disabled Americans face on a daily basis. That’s why our Nashville personal injury attorneys are hopeful this new law is approved and those who are having a hard time getting back on their feet can do so swiftly.
November 19th, 2014|
Ride-sharing businesses like Uber and Lyft have really taken off over the last several years in the Nashville area. These unique business models allow citizens to utilize those in their area who drive for the companies for rides that can be significantly cheaper and faster than a cab or taxi. However, ride sharing has stirred quite the controversy here in regards to who should be liable in the event of a Tennessee car accident.
Taxi companies and other opponents of the businesses say ride-sharing companies should be required to hold the same certifications and insurance that they are required to have. The ride-sharing companies argue their drivers purchase their own insurance and that the companies’ business models exempt them from other licenses and certifications that taxi companies must acquire.
It seems as though Metro legislators believe ride-sharing businesses should be regulated. According to WKRN 2 News, a bill was passed earlier this week that would impose several strict rules on the ride-sharing industry in Nashville. If the bill is approved, it would require:
- Ride share drivers to be licensed by the city and meet insurance standards.
- Vehicles to be inspected annually.
- Drivers to pass a background check conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation each year.
At Ponce Law, we want everyone to be safe on the road. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers hope any regulations that are enacted for the ride-sharing industry are effective in achieving this goal.
November 12th, 2014|
What Constitutes Distracted Driving?
Most motorists are aware of how dangerous distracted driving can be. That’s why many Americans have adopted the use of “hands-free” devices while behind the wheel; but is this technology effectively preventing car accidents from occurring or is it equally as distracting? One recent study found the latter to be true.
How Distracting Are Hands-Free Devices?
According to a story from AAA Living, research has shown voice-activated command technology that is used to operate car stereos, GPS units, and cell phones are just as distracting as attempting to use these devices with fingers and hands. Those using voice-activated systems were found to show suppressed brain activity in areas that are needed for driving and also displayed effects in performance while behind the wheel. The teams found that the less motorists had to manipulate their hands-free device to complete a task, the less distraction it posed.
Eliminating Distracted Driving
These findings leave many drivers wondering what they can do to reduce their chances of being involved in a distracted driving accident. At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers urge motorists to simply not use any sort of electronic device in your vehicle while the car is moving. Input any data into a device or change any settings prior to putting your vehicle into motion. If you must use a device while driving, be sure to pull over.
October 31st, 2014|
Halloween can be a night of joy as children trick-or-treat for candy. But reports indicate the chances of a child being struck and killed by a car or truck are two times higher on Halloween as compared to any other night of the year.
In an effort to protect both children and adults from the dangers of a car accident, there are several events being held that offer safe places for children to trick-or-treat this year, including:
- Cool Springs Galleria– Beginning at 6 P.M. on Halloween, stores in the mall will be handing out candy to children. The family-friendly event has asked that children age 12 and above not wear masks.
- 5th Annual Neddy Jacobs Coffin Race– According to News Channel 5, the event will go from 5 to 8 p.m. in Lebanon Square and will feature trick-or-treating, free hot dogs, and the coffin race—which kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
- Safe Streets/Safe Sweets– The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office will be at the county courthouse in Cookeville this evening to check trick-or-treaters’ candy with metal detectors. The first 200 in attendance will also receive gift bags from the D.A.R.E. program.
At Ponce Law, we recognize the importance of staying safe on Halloween. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers encourage you to consider taking your little one to one of these upcoming events.
October 29th, 2014|
Insurance is an important thing to have. It can protect you and your home in the event of a personal injury. However, many people wonder what’s covered under home and life insurance policies. Would damages incurred during the rise of the zombified dead be covered? As Halloween approaches later this week, one company is Clarksville, Tennessee, says the answer is an astounding yes.
According to an article from WKRN 2 News, the company has received numerous calls about zombie insurance after posting a billboard outside their office. They say that zombies aren’t excluded from policies, which means coverage is included. So, what zombie damages would be covered? They say property damages would definitely be included, but life insurance coverage could be tricky for the reanimated.
The idea of insurance coverage for the zombie apocalypse may seem like a joke, but it does highlight one very important thing to remember about your insurance policies—grey areas in coverage that can leave room for disputes.
If you find yourself in a dispute over an injury claim, it may be wise to speak with an attorney about your legal rights. At Ponce Law, we have a team of Nashville personal injury lawyers dedicated to helping accident victims in Middle Tennessee ,and we are here to answer any questions you may have. Fee free to call us anytime—day or night—at 615-244-4321.