December 14th, 2015|
Middle Tennessee is a major hub for the transportation industry, so our area sees it’s fair share of accidents involving commercial tractor-trailers. In fact, data from the Tennessee Department of Safety shows Davidson County has held the second highest number of truck accidents in the state for at least the last three years, while surrounding counties also report a higher than average number of collisions involving big rigs.
The Nashville truck accident lawyers at Ponce Law point out that a recent tractor-trailer crash brings into perspective just how common these collisions are in our area. Reports indicate the accident occurred on Sunday, Dec. 13, near the intersection of Nashville Highway and Carters Creek Pike in Columbia, Tennessee.
The Columbia Daily Herald reports that a Mazda sedan occupied by two passengers and an 18-wheeler carrying a forklift struck one another just south of the highway crossing. The two passengers in the Mazda were seriously injured and were transported to a local hospital for further treatment.
Officials with the Columbia Police Department stated they were still considering a number of causes of truck accidents that may have led to the crash.
An accident with a tractor-trailer can have a physical, emotional, and financial effect on victims, and the legal team at Ponce Law strives to always be an advocate for those who find themselves in such a position. That’s why we would like to wish a speedy and full recovery to the two motorists who were seriously injured this past weekend.
July 8th, 2015|
Two of the most common causes of truck accidents in the United States include safety violations and driver errors. Both are now considered possible contributing factors to a Tennessee truck accident that claimed four lives and left dozens of others injured.
The incident occurred at approximately 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, along I-75 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Reports indicate traffic was stopped for construction along the highway when a tractor-trailer failed to come to a halt and plowed into a line of other vehicles.
According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, this isn’t the first accident or run-in with the law that the driver of the tractor-trailer or his employer have had. Documents show the driver was cited for careless driving in Florida the day before the fatal crash in Tennessee. Furthermore, the trucking company has faced numerous safety violations in the past. Some of those charges include failure to properly maintain the brakes on trucks and inaccurate driver logs. During the last two years, the company has failed 37 percent of vehicle inspections.
Trucking rules and regulations are in place to protect all motorists on the road, which is why the Nashville truck accident lawyers at Ponce Law are hopeful an investigation into this recent crash can help determine if safety violations are to blame.
May 4th, 2015|
In Tennessee, there are strict laws that regulate the operation of commercial trucks because of the risks they can pose to motorists. And recently, a bill was passed that will reform parts of the Hours of Service (HOS) laws for drivers of concrete trucks in Tennessee.
The Nashville truck accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain that drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of preventable crashes in the transportation industry today. The HOS laws address this issue by limiting the amount of time a truck driver can be on the road and designating specific amounts of time a driver must rest as well.
One of those laws states truck drivers are not allowed to operate their vehicles until eight hours after their last 30-minute break. Those in the concrete industry argue their drivers shouldn’t be required to abide by this rule because they aren’t doing long, tiring hauls for hours the way long-distance truck drivers operate.
According to the Times Free Press, lawmakers agreed and exempted drivers of concrete trucks from having to take the 30-minute breaks for the next two years.
At Ponce Law, we take the risks of trucking accidents very seriously, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers are here to help if you’ve been injured in a truck accident. We can be reached 24/7 at 615-244-4325.
January 12th, 2015|
Traffic laws against speeding ensure the safety of all motorists who travel on Tennessee’s roads and highways. However, not all motorists obey these laws, which can lead to accidents —especially when large commercial trucks are involved.
These risks are especially high in the Middle Tennessee area. Data from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office shows Davidson County has the second highest crash rate in the state for accidents caused by speeding. These crashes include Tennessee truck accidents caused by speeding drivers.
Citizens are now turning to the media to help address the problem. WKRN 2 News recently reported residents of Whites Creek have contacted them to complain about delivery trucks speeding in their neighborhood. The claims were substantiated when cameras caught drivers crossing highway divider lines and traveling up to 15 mph more than the posted speed limit.
The delivery company responded by saying their drivers are required to obey the law—a rule some of the drivers have shown they don’t follow.
An attorney can help answer any questions you may have about your accident and has the skills and resources help establish negligence on the truck driver’s behalf.
December 8th, 2014|
Commercial tractor-trailers can be difficult to operate on narrow, winding roads. That’s why Tennessee has decided to ban big rigs from traveling on a stretch of highway known as “The Dragon’s Tail” in the eastern part of the state.
The Leaf-Chronicle reports the Dragon boasts a total of 318 sharp turns in an 11-mile stretch, making the roadway popular for both motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts. However, these curves can turn deadly gauntlet when 80,000-pound trucks enter the picture.
This particular danger was made apparent when a motorist died along the stretch of road after a Tennessee truck accident. Officials say the risks posed by an accident are only compounded by the traffic that can ensue after a pile up.
Most truck drivers are unaware of these dangers and only opt for the route to avoid a 100 mile trip around it. Officials feel the ban will better protect all drivers. In fact, it’s these dangers that forced North Carolina to ban truck travel on their side of the highway several years ago.
January 31st, 2014|
January 31, 2014
Due to the size and weight of tractor-trailers, accidents involving these vehicles can be extremely devastating. The Nashville Truck Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain this point was underscored in a recent East Tennessee collision that left a motorist pinned in the wreckage of his vehicle for an extended period of time.
According to an article from Knox News, the incident occurred at approximately 7:20 a.m. yesterday morning at mile marker 373 along Interstate 40 in Knox County. The 52-year-old victim stated he was traveling eastbound at the Campbell Station Road exit when a tractor-trailer being driven by a 49-year-old man began to merge into his lane. The victim’s 2003 Toyota Camry became trapped beneath the trailer of the truck, requiring rescue crews to spend more than an hour cutting him free.
The incident leaves many motorists wondering what they should do in the event of collision with tractor-trailers. The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates say five steps you should take after a truck accident include:
- Notifying Your Insurance Company –Report the crash to your insurer, but refrain from speaking with companies associated with others who were involved.
- Gathering Information About The Crash – Write down information regarding the time, date, and location of the crash.
- Taking Pictures of the Scene – These photos may later be used as evidence.
- Keeping Documentation of Damages – Including medical and repair bills, along with lost wages.
- Hiring an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer – Doing so helps protect a victim’s potential rights to compensation.
December 20th, 2013|
December 20, 2013
According to a story published by The Tennessean, a 17-year-old student high school student was killed in a pedestrian accident near Hume-Fogg High School yesterday at approximately 1 p.m. at the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Church Street. As the victim attempted to cross the street on her way to school, a commercial truck delivering electrical equipment to a local business failed to yield to the right-of-way during a right turn and struck the girl.
The victim was trapped beneath the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries. The 45-year-old truck driver told law enforcement he did not see the girl crossing the street as he made the turn.
The accident remains under investigation, and the district attorney has yet to determine if the truck’s driver will face charges in connection with the crash.
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.