December 30th, 2015|
Avoid an Accident This New Year
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and many Tennesseans are making their plans for the holiday. To help make your holiday fun and safe, the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law offer some suggestions that can help you avoid an accident.
Each year, hundreds of injuries involving fireworks are reported around the New Year’s holiday. These injuries can range from burns to the loss of appendages.
To help avoid such injuries, we suggest leaving fireworks to the professionals. Here are several Tennessee fireworks displays that will be taking place on New Year’s Eve.
If you decide to set off your own fireworks, be sure to have a fire extinguisher readily available. Also, remember to never let children handle fireworks and to never attempt to pick up an undetonated product.
Drunk Driving Accidents
The number of crashes involving intoxicated motorists tends to spike around this time of year as well. To help reduce drunk driving accidents this year, Tennessee law enforcement will enact a “No Refusal” policy during the coming weekend. This means judges will be on hand to sign search warrants for blood and breath samples from suspected drunk drivers.
You can do your part to prevent drunk driving accidents by utilizing a designated driver to get home safely. It’s also important to report any suspected drunk drivers to the proper authorities.
Have a Safe and Happy New Year!
One of our missions at Ponce Law is to educate the public about the importance of always keeping safety in mind. We hope these tips help you to stay happy and accident-free into the New Year!
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.
December 4th, 2015|
Invokana® is a medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013 for the treatment of Type II diabetes. But research has shown the drug may have serious adverse effects on some users’ health. Some Invokana side effects may include:
- Renal failure
- Fungal infections
- Low blood Pressure
- Tissue decomposition
These aren’t the only risks associated with Invokana, though. According to Diabetes In Control, the FDA has now linked use of the drug to an increased risk of bone fractures.
Research conducted on 714 patients using Invokana examined the effects the drug had over a two-year period. The study indicated the drug caused a decrease in bone mineral density that led to fractures as early as three months after first taking the medication.
To help prevent patients from suffering Invokana bone fractures, the FDA has updated the warning labels on the product to include information regarding the latest risks. Patients considering taking Invokana have also been encouraged to discuss the risks of the drug with their physician.
For many patients, these warnings may come too late. If you or a loved one were harmed by Invokana®, the Nashville drug injury lawyers at Ponce Law encourage you to learn more about your rights by visiting our website.
December 2nd, 2015|
There’s always a risk of being involved in an accident—no matter where you drive. But certain places can be more dangerous than others. That’s why the Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law think you should be aware of just how hazardous Tennessee’s highways can be.
WKRN 2 News says a recent poll ranked Tennessee as the tenth most dangerous U.S. state to drive in. The state recorded a fatality rate of 15.3 deaths per 100,000 drivers, which is 5.0 deaths greater than the national average.
These numbers leave many motorists wondering what they can do to keep our roads safe. Here are a few tips:
- Watch your speed- Traveling too fast is listed as a contributing factor in roughly one-third of all fatal accidents. So, always be sure to follow the posted speed limit.
- Buckle up- A majority of fatal accidents involve victims not properly restrained at the time of a crash. Wearing a seatbelt can significantly reduce the chances of being harmed in a collision.
- Don’t drink and drive- Each year, thousands of Tennesseans are injured or killed as the result of drunk driving accidents. You can avoid these collisions by always using a designated driver.
At Ponce Law, we hope these tips help you enjoy safer travels!
November 30th, 2015|
Collisions between motor vehicles and people are all too common in Middle Tennessee. Davidson County ranked second in the state for the number of pedestrian accidents in 2012, which accounted for 272 injuries and 17 fatalities.
A Nashville pedestrian accident earlier this week brings into perspective just how common these crashes are. The collision took place on Sunday at approximately 6 p.m. near the intersection of Gallatin Pike and Eastland Avenue in East Nashville.
According to reports from WKRN 2 News, a vehicle struck the victim as he was walking in the road. The victim was left with injuries that required first responders to transport him to a local hospital for further treatment. The driver involved was uninjured.
At Ponce Law, we’ve seen the devastating results a pedestrian accident can have. That’s why our team of Nashville personal injury lawyers suggests motorists and pedestrians keep these safety tips in mind while traveling:
- Be visible– Make efforts to be seen after dusk and before dawn by using lights. Vehicle headlights should be turned on in low light conditions, and pedestrians should carry a flashlight during dark hours.
- Look both ways– Not paying close enough attention to traffic is a leading cause of pedestrian accidents. Motorists and pedestrians should look twice in all directions before entering traffic.
- Obey The Law– All traffic signals and signs should be followed at all times. Pedestrians should also remember to always use a crosswalk when crossing the street.
We hope these tips help you travel safe!
November 20th, 2015|
The Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law point out that estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show buckling up can reduce your chances of injury or death in a crash by as much as half.
Yet each year, as many as 14 percent of Tennessee drivers put themselves at risk of harm by not wearing their seatbelts, and the number of drivers who don’t buckle up continues to grow. The University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research found seat belt usage in The Volunteer State has decreased 1.5 percent from 2014.
Laws require drivers and passengers to fasten their seatbelts, but the current penalties are hardly a deterrent with $10-$20 in fines. That’s why lawmakers have approved a bill that will increase the punishment for motorists who don’t wear seatbelts.
WKRN 2 News reports that beginning in Jan. 2016, the fines for seatbelt violations in Tennessee will increase to $25 for a first offense and $50 for subsequent offenses. The state will also continue utilizing the “Click It or Ticket” campaign as a means of educating motorists about the importance of buckling up.
The legal staff at Ponce Law recognizes the important role seatbelts play in saving lives on the road, which is why our Nashville personal injury lawyers encourage you to buckle up each time you get in a car. Doing so doesn’t just save you money, it could also save your life.
November 4th, 2015|
The manufacturers of auto parts are responsible for ensuring the safety of the products they put on the market. That’s why one Knoxville, Tennessee, company is coming under fire for making a distributing faulty vehicle airbags that are responsible for a number of injuries.
The defective product lawyers at Ponce Law explain investigators are currently looking into claims that airbags made by ARC Automotive, Inc. can explode when activated, causing metal parts and debris to be hurled towards occupants.
WBIR 10 News provides details about two separate car accidents where the faulty airbags were responsible for injuring motorists during crashes. The report explains one of those victims suffered lacerations to the head and chest, a severed vocal cord, a broken jaw, and a collapsed lung. She was placed into a medically-induced coma following the accident, resulting in huge medical bills.
The victim filed a lawsuit against ARC Automotive, claiming they were responsible for here injuries. Both parties reached a settlement in the matter for an undisclosed amount in damages.
As many as 500,000 vehicles could be affected by the faulty parts. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is continuing to work towards determining the full scope of the problem.
Protecting the safety of all motorists on the road is a top priority for each member of Ponce Law, which is why our Nashville car accident attorneys are hopeful action will soon be taken to correct the problems with vehicles equipped with these airbags.
October 26th, 2015|
Another wrongful death lawsuit was in connection with a fatal Tennessee truck accident on June 25 along I-75 outside of Chattanooga. The suit was filed by the family of former middle school band director who died in the crash. They are seeking $11 million in damages.
A report from the Chattanooga Times Free Press explains the driver who caused the crash was under the influence of drugs and was in violations of hours of operation laws when he crashed along the interstate, killing six people and injuring several others. Furthermore, he was speeding and failed to allow enough time and space to stop the truck before crashing.
The actions of the driver aren’t the only cause of the crash, though. The company who hired him failed to conduct a background check before offering him the position as a driver.
These findings prompted the family of another victim to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and his employer The suit claims both parties are directly responsible for the loss of their loved one.
Two other families of victims have filed similar claims against the driver and employer since the collision occurred.
Losing a loved one to an unforeseen accident can be extremely difficult, and the Nashville wrongful death lawyers at Ponce Law are hopeful a decision in this case will bring closure to those affected by this tragic crash.
October 23rd, 2015|
Halloween is just around the corner, and one of the best ways to get into the spooky spirit is to enjoy one of the many haunted houses around Music City. However, the Nashville slip and fall lawyers at Ponce Law point out to patrons that making your way through dark mazes and hallways filled with ghouls can also present safety hazards.
Luckily, there are regulations in place for haunted attractions that protect attendees. WKRN 2 News recently released a report on the subject and offered insight into what haunted houses in our area go through to operate safely.
Stacey Dixon, the owner of one local attraction, explained an inspector certified her facility after meeting numerous safety regulations. These include:
- Installing safety markers
- Marking fire exits
- Hiring licensed employees to operate special effects
- Equipping facilities with fire sprinklers and security cameras
Dixon added that as a safety enhancement, her staff will also assist patrons to an exit if necessary.
Experts encourage those attending haunted houses to report any suspected safety violations to the State Fire Marshall’s Office or local code enforcement authorities.
The legal staff at Ponce Law recognizes the importance of safety regulations, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers appreciate the efforts being made to keep local haunted attractions safe.
October 19th, 2015|
When a worker is injured on the job in Tennessee, they typically have a right to seek workers’ compensation benefits from their employer. This may may soon change if lawmakers decide to reform our state’s workers’ compensation policies during an upcoming legislative session.
The Nashville workers’ compensation attorneys at Ponce Law explain that lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow employers to opt out of purchasing workers’ compensation insurance coverage as long as they can cover those costs themselves. Those in favor of the change say it will save businesses money and allow workers to receive faster care and compensation in the event they are injured. Those against the changes explain these reforms could have a seriously detrimental effect on injured workers in The Volunteer State.
Business Journal recently reported on a study on the effectiveness of opt-out laws for employers and found numerous cases where injured workers didn’t receive the care they needed. Researchers found inconsistent coverage for workers who suffered similar injuries, apprehensions about how costs of injuries are covered, as well as the limitations such laws can create on medical coverage for injured workers.
With the changes to Tennessee’s workers’ compensation laws that are being considered,Ponce Law believes it’s more important than ever before to learn your rights and what types of workers’ compensation claims can be made if you are injured on the job. Having access to this information can help determine if you qualify for benefits following a work-related injury.