August 11th, 2014|
Despite a concerted effort to reduce highway collisions involving commercial tractor-trailers, data indicates the number of injuries and fatalities caused by truck accidents is increasing. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that as many as 11 truck accidents happen in the U.S. everyday, causing 100,000 injuries and 4,000 deaths every year.
Some common truck accident causes include:
- Distracted Driving
- Drowsy Driving
- Failure to Properly Maintain A Vehicle’s Equipment
This leaves many people wondering how trucking companies get away with unsafe operations. The Nashville truck accident lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates explain that loopholes in the law may be part of the answer.
Reports from WRCBTV News explains that trucking companies can avoid penalties for violating safety laws by registering with the Department of Transportation under new names and moving their fleets under new company names.
While the government tries to close this loophole, truck manufacturers are also working to reduce accident rates by improving the safety technology on their vehicles.
At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers recognize the dangers tractor-trailers pose on the road. That’s why we’re hopeful better safety equipment and stricter laws will help curb the snowballing number of truck accidents in the United States.
December 18th, 2013|
December 18, 2013
Tractor-trailers present a significant hazard on Tennessee highways. The Nashville Truck Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain a new study examined the number of accidents the state has seen in recent years and also measured the severity of those crashes.
According to a story released by Science Daily, the study was conducted by examining the factors involved in 1,134 Tennessee truck accidents. The characteristics of each accident were then divided into five different categories, including traffic, the driver, the vehicle, environmental, and geometric.
The researchers concluded that the greatest contributing factor to truck accidents was the volume of these vehicles on the road. Even a one percent increase in truck volume on the highway led to a drastic increase in the chances of accidents occurring.
Increased speed and vehicle size also directly related to the severity of accidents, as did weather.
The study highlights the serious risks commercial tractor-trailers can pose on the road and leave many citizens wondering what they should do if they are ever involved in a collision with a truck. The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates explain anyone who has been in a collision with a tractor-trailer combination should discuss their legal rights and options with a qualified attorney immediately.
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.
September 4th, 2013|
September 4, 2013
Highway intersections are notorious for causing high numbers of motor vehicle collisions due to changes in traffic patterns. The Nashville Truck Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that an intersectional truck accident that occurred recently in Mt. Pleasant claimed the life of a 64-year-old man.
According to New Channel 5, the crash happened yesterday morning at the corner of U.S. Highway 43 and First Avenue. Reports indicate the victim was traveling along First Avenue in a black pickup. As he approached and entered the intersection with Highway 43, a tractor-trailer combination that was passing through the crossing collided with his pickup.
The impact pushed the vehicles off of the road and claimed the life of the pickup driver. Investigators are continuing to look into the cause of the crash.
News of the incident has left many citizens wondering what they can do to stay safe when traveling. Experts tend to agree that drivers should remain vigilant of safety at all times to help prevent intersectional accidents.
Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers points out that drivers looking twice in both directions before entering an intersection can help achieve this goal. Eliminating distractions such as loud stereos, cellphones, and food or drink can also allow a driver to pay more attention to the road.