Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers

Fatal Tennessee Motorcycle Accidents Prompt Safety Concerns

by Staff Blogger | November 11th, 2013

November 11, 2013

Tennessee is battling a rising number of fatal motorcycle accidents. The Nashville Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law point out that a total of 114 motorcyclists died in the state in 2011. However, that number jumped dramatically to 139 fatalities in 2012. If accident trends continue, the number could rise even higher this year.

Most recently, a 22-year-old rider from Chattanooga was killed when he lost control of his bike and crashed into a tree near the intersection of Shallowford Road and Standifer Gap Road at around 10 a.m. on Oct. 12.

An article from the Times Free Press reported a 46-year-old rider was killed when he crashed along Access Road during the same weekend as the other crash.

These accidents brought the annual total for motorcycle fatalities in Chattanooga to five, versus four fatalities last year.

These numbers leave many motorists wondering what is being done to improve highway safety in Tennessee. Law enforcement says it will be doing its part to promote safety by increasing the number of saturation patrols focusing on motorcycle compliance. Chattanooga also plans to add to accident investigators to their staff.

The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are aware of the dangers motorcyclists face on the highway and are hopeful the recent efforts help reduce the number of motorcycle accidents and fatalities.

New Law Allowing Guns at Work Has Many Employees Concerned About Safety

by Staff Blogger | November 6th, 2013

November 6, 2013

The Nashville Workers Compensation Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that Tennessee law requires employers to protect the safety of their employees by purchasing insurance to cover the costs of work-related injuries. But many believe a new state law threatens to undermine an employer’s ability to protect a worker’s safety.

According to an article from NBC News, state lawmakers recently approved a bill that will allow workers to carry firearms to places of employment as long as the weapons are kept in locked vehicles. Acts of violence are ranked as one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities, and many are questioning how the law will protect workers from harm.

Proponents of the new law say it will allow them to protect themselves during long commutes. Those who are opposed to the new law say it can give workers who are contemplating acts of violence easy access to deadly firearms.

Regardless of where citizens stand on the issue, the numbers do not lie. Workplaces that allow weapons are five times as likely to experience a homicide as opposed to employers to prohibit weapons on the premises.

Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers hopes to see less work-related accidents in the future. Consider speaking with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney if you’ve been injured on the job.

Tennessee Working to Improve Services for Disabled Residents

by Staff Blogger | October 14th, 2013

October 14, 2013

When a person is unable to work due to a mental or physical condition, he or she may be eligible for programs like Social Security disability as a source of income. However, the Nashville Social Security Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that the goal of programs like Social Security is to get the injured back on their feet and back to work.

To promote getting the disabled reengaged with the workforce, Tennessee recently opened several programs aimed at assisting those with disabilities stable and meaningful work. According to an article published by The Tennessean, Tennessee’s Vocational Rehabilitation program previously only assisted those suffering with severe disabilities. Now though, the organization is offering its services to a wider array of individuals suffering from conditions preventing them from performing job duties.

Experts contend that the program’s expansion will allow another 3,000 disabled Tennesseans to receive assistance in areas such as job placement, rides to and from work, and education. Officials contend that investing into the program will ultimately help the cash-strapped state cut costs.

The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates applaud the efforts made by the state to offer assistance to those in need. The firm is hopeful the expansion of assistance programs will be a success!

Nashville Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Discuss Importance of Driver Awareness

by Staff Blogger | September 23rd, 2013

September 23, 2013

The Nashville Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that research shows drivers who fail to recognize or yield right-of-way often cause motorcycle crashes. One of the most common reasons given for this failure is that motorists do not see motorcyclists.

This seems to be the case in a crash that recently occurred in Clarksville that left a motorcyclist seriously injured. According to an article from The Leaf Chronicle, occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 2, at the intersection of Pea Ridge Road and Tracy Lane.

Reports state that the victim was traveling along Pea Ridge Road. As he approached the intersection with Tracy Lane, an SUV traveling in the opposite direction attempted to make a left turn in front of the bike, causing the two vehicles to collide.

Such crashes leave many motorists and motorcyclists alike wondering what they can do to help prevent such crashes. Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers says drivers should always look twice in both directions before turning into traffic. Eliminating distractions while driving will also reduce the chances of an accident.

Motorcyclists should work toward making themselves more visible to others on the road by always utilizing a headlight and wearing light-colored or reflective clothing when traveling after dusk or before dawn.

Trucking Companies Face Charges in Connection With Negligent Operation

by Staff Blogger | September 16th, 2013

September 16, 2013

The Nashville Truck Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that commercial transportation companies have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the vehicles the operate. Failure to do so can result in accidents resulting in injury claims against the company.

Two cases have recently been filed against separate Tennessee trucking companies. According to an article from The Tennessean, a 65-year-old man and 53-year-old woman are each facing multiple charges in connection with fraudulent attempts to cover up their use of unsafe and poorly maintained vehicles for the profit of their companies.

Reports indicate that in June of last year, the male suspect was ordered to halt the operations of his commercial trucks after he was cited for failing to ensure vehicle safety and the qualifications of his drivers. The orders also cited accidents on Interstate 24 and Interstate 40 that resulted in the deaths of several horses. However, the man is accused of continuing to operate his trucks under the name of another business owned by the woman who is accused.

Both will face extended sentences for their crimes if they are convicted.

Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes the dangers negligent trucking companies and their vehicles can pose on the road. The firm is here to help anyone who has been harmed as the result of an equipment failure or a truck driver’s negligence.

Middle Tennessee Teens Learning the Dangers of Distracted Driving Accidents

by Staff Blogger | August 30th, 2013

August 30, 2013

Data indicates that distracted driving is becoming one of the leading causes of serious auto accidents in the state of Tennessee. The Nashville Car Accident Attorneys with Michael D. Ponce & Associates explain that teenagers are one of the age groups most at risk.

Studies by the Department of Transportation show 21 percent of drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 years old involved in fatal collisions were distracted at the time of their accidents. This age group had the highest proportion of distracted drivers when compared to other age demographics.

In an effort to help prevent teenage distracted driving accidents here in Tennessee, a group of students from Franklin High School and Cheatham County Central High School recently participated in a program called “Be In The Zone”.

News Channel 5 states the program aims to teach students the devastating effects distracted driving can have on lives by having participants watch as medical staff attempts to revive a mock accident victim. Students also saw what it was like to be a victim of such an accident by using crutches and other props to simulate injuries common in distracted driving collisions.

The team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Ponce Law hope the program was successful in teaching teen drivers the dangers of distracted driving.