October 16th, 2015|
Statistics indicate that teens are involved in a disproportionate number of crashes in Tennessee. Data from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office shows that in 2010, 509 adolescent drivers were seriously injured in motor vehicle collisions.
To help reduce this number, the Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain the Montgomery County Driver Safety Program recently conducted a new campaign aimed at raising vehicle safety awareness among teens called ThinkFast Interactive. The program was conducted at Montgomery Central High School.
Officials explain the program utilizes an interactive game to provide teens with information about the risks that certain behaviors—such as drinking and driving or distractions—can pose behind the wheel. Driver Safety Administrator, Lisa McClain, explains to Clarksville Now that the program keeps students’ attention by allowing them to have fun while learning.
Montgomery Central was the third school in the region to participate in the program, but officials hope the recent successes the initiative has reported will allow ThinkFast Interactive to be brought to more schools within the next year.
Helping to protect the lives of all Tennessee motorists is a goal our legal staff at Ponce Law shares with one another. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers hope to see more use of the ThinkFast Interactive program, along with a continuing decline in teen accident numbers in the future.
October 14th, 2015|
In the wake of the announcement that Volkswagen (VW) misled consumers into thinking their vehicles were environmentally friendly, dozens of lawsuits have been filed. With so many recent lawsuits, the cases may soon be consolidated into multidistrict litigation.
The Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law explain the emission systems on as many as 500,000 American vehicles are manipulated using a “defeat device” to show lower emission rates during testing. VW vowed to repair the vehicles affected by the “defeat device,” but the company has added the caveat that they will not begin making the repairs until next year.
In the meantime, the values on many of the affected vehicles may plunge. Some plaintiffs in the lawsuits that have been filed against VW argue they paid higher rates for vehicles that created fewer emissions, while all the victims maintain the company’s misrepresentations have led to the declining values of the vehicles.
According to The Wall Street Journal, a decision as to whether or not the cases will be consolidated in federal court should be announced in the coming weeks. The cases could cost VW billions of dollars.
At Ponce Law, we understand the frustrations many VW owners are feeling. That’s why our legal staff hopes a decision on how the Volkswagen recall lawsuits will be handled can help owners and car dealers affected by the emissions scandal.
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.
October 7th, 2015|
When a person is taken into custody by law enforcement in Tennessee, the arresting agency has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of its inmates. Any failure to do so can result in officers and their employers being held liable in the matter.
The Nashville wrongful death attorneys at Ponce Law say this is what led a woman to file a lawsuit against the City of Kingsport and two officers who arrested her husband. Reports indicate the man died while in custody after being arrested following a car accident.
The Insurance Journal states the victim was arrested on Sept. 19 after showing signs of intoxication following a car accident. He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail, where he showed an inability to walk, talk, or stay awake. He was left unattended and was found unresponsive on Sept. 20. He was declared dead a short time later.
Almost a year after the victim’s passing, his wife filed a $1 million lawsuit against the jail and two officers, claiming they failed to provide her husband with adequate medical attention while he was in custody.
Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult events an individual can ever go through, especially if the death was the result of negligence. The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law are hopeful a decision in this particular case can bring a sense of closure to the family of the man who died.
October 2nd, 2015|
The people of Music City have spoken, and the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law are honored to have been voted “Best Law Firm” as part of the 2015 Toast of Music City Awards.
As many as 200,000 votes were cast in more than 100 categories to determine the best of what Nashville has to offer. Those who received the most votes in each category were then honored at a reception held at War Memorial Auditorium on Sept. 24.
The Tennessean holds the awards annually, and the publication offers a complete list of this year’s winners in a recent article. This was the eighth year the newspaper has asked the public for nominations in each category. Each category is selected based on reader interest.
We can only be as successful as the people who support us. That’s why the entire staff at Ponce Law would like to thank each and every Middle Tennessean who made this achievement possible for us.
We also hope to honor the spirit of the 2015 Toast of Music City “Best Law Firm” award by continuing to help our neighbors and give back to our community. Check out our Ponce Law in the Community page to learn about our commitment to making Middle Tennessee a better place to live and work.
September 30th, 2015|
One of the best ways to protect yourself from serious car accident injuries is to always wear your seat belt. Unfortunately, many Tennesseans choose not to buckle up, and in some parts of the state, it’s costing a growing number of motorists their lives.
In 2015, slightly less than half of all fatal motor vehicle collisions in Tennessee have involved a motorist or passenger who was unrestrained at the time of the crash. In Bedford and Hawkins counties, a lack of seat belt use has been associated with a swelling number of deadly collisions.
Law enforcement in The Volunteer State is working to address this problem though, and agencies will soon have a new resource. According to an article from WKRN News, the Tennessee Highway Patrol was selected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to lead a new pilot program that will promote occupant safety enforcement.
As part of the program, agencies will collect data on seat belt, child safety seat, and motorcycle helmet usage on a monthly basis. The data will then be submitted to the NHTSA for analysis.
We take pride in promoting motor vehicle safety at Ponce Law, and our Goodlettsville car accident attorneys are hopeful the new program inspires more Tennesseans to buckle up while traveling.
September 28th, 2015|
When you buy a car or truck, you expect it to function as advertised. So what happens when a vehicle is defective or manufacturers mislead consumers? The Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law explain that criminal and civil legal action may be taken.
The controversy surrounding hidden data regarding poor emissions tests on certain diesel vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen (VW) highlights the repercussions of failing to meet quality standards.
In Dec. 2014, VW sent letters to owners of certain models of Audi and VW diesel vehicles in California explaining the emissions software in their vehicles required an update to ensure proper function. A further investigation by federal officials concluded that VW concealed data from the public that showed some diesel vehicles didn’t perform on emissions tests as well as was advertised.
According to Reuters, as many as 11 million vehicles worldwide could be affected by the recall that follows the release of these findings. Furthermore, more than two dozen lawsuits were filed, and VW has allocated $7.3 billion to cover costs associated with faulty vehicles.
If you own a diesel VW or Audi vehicle affected by emissions scandal, a lawyer may be able to help protect your rights to compensation. Feel free to meet our attorneys to learn more about how we can help.
September 25th, 2015|
On September 14, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. For 25 years, these regulations have helped countless individuals with mental or physical disabilities receive and hold employment. However, experts and officials say there continues to be room for improvement when it comes to preventing discrimination against the disabled.
The Knoxville News Sentinel discusses how many businesses have worked to stay in compliance with rules outlined by the ADA. Some structures have required upgrades in order to accommodate those with disabilities. In cases where accommodations for the disabled cannot be made, the law now requires products and services to be made available to the disabled through other means.
Despite the focus that has been placed on creating businesses that are disability-friendly, data indicates that many disabled citizens continue to struggle to gain employment. In fact, 40 percent of homeless individuals suffer from a disability.
Many organizations have worked to raise awareness about this issue as we celebrate a quarter century of the ADA.
At Ponce Law, we have seen first hand how the ADA has had a positive impact on the lives of our friends and neighbors. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers are excited to celebrate the ADA’s anniversary, and we hope to see the law continue to have a positive influence on the lives of Americans.
September 23rd, 2015|
If a medical condition, illness, or injury prevents you from working for longer than one year, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. However, you must have worked and paid into the Social Security system long enough to receive these benefits.
This leaves many disabled Americans asking about their options if they haven’t earned enough credits to receive Social Security Disability benefits. The Nashville Social Security Disability lawyers at Ponce Law explain one of the best resources available to citizens is another program offered by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Supplemental Security Income is available to anyone with a disability and limited resources for income. To be eligible, you must make less than a certain amount of money per month and be:
- Age 65 or older
- Blind or vision impaired
- Suffering from a disability lasting longer than one year or resulting in death
If you think you may qualify for benefits, you can take a more detailed look at the Supplemental Security Income eligibility requirements on the SSA website.
At Ponce Law, we have seen the impact financial assistance can have on the lives of those with disabilities, and we hope this information is useful in helping you to get the benefits you need.
September 16th, 2015|
Each year, hundreds of children are killed in motor vehicle collisions. In fact, car crashes the leading cause of accidental death among juveniles in the United States today. The Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law explain child safety seats can help save lives, and many organizations are working together to spread that message this week.
Sept. 14-19 is “Child Passenger Safety Week” across the state of Tennessee, and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) has events planned each day to help raise awareness about buckling children up.
WGNS News Radio reports the RCSD has partnered with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office to conduct both car seat inspections and hand out educational materials at a variety of locations across the county over the next several days. Check out the article to learn more about the dates, times, and places where these events will be taking place.
Attending these events can be crucial—data shows as many as nine out of ten children’s car seats are installed incorrectly in the vehicle. If you’re a parent, our Nashville personal injury lawyers encourage you to visit one of these safety events.