Nashville Truck Accident

Traffic delayed after truck spills chickens on I-40

by Ponce Law | June 30th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Traffic was delayed in Nashville Tuesday morning after live chickens fell off of a flatbed truck, according to a report by News Channel 5.

The truck spilled chickens in cages onto Interstate 40, slowing westbound rush hour traffic along the south loop at the ramp to I-65 southbound.

Traffic was also affected on I-24 westbound.  Tennessee Department of Transportation crews responded for the cleanup, and the TDOT advised drivers that it expected the scene to be cleared by 8:45 a.m.

If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville car accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you get the justice and fair compensation they deserve when someone else’s negligence causes them harm. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

Fuel spill from truck blocks stretch of I-80 West

by Ponce Law | June 23rd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Emergency crews were able to clean up a fuel spill that closed off a stretch of a Nashville highway, according to a report by wsmv.com.

The fuel leaked out of a truck on I-40 westbound just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, the Tennessee Department of Transportation said. The incident caused parts of I-40 West to be blocked off.

A Hazmat team responded to the scene to clear the spill and I-40 West was reopened at Exit 210C.

The spill was apparently caused when the truck ran over a piece of metal that punctured the vehicle’s fuel tank.

If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville car accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you get the justice and fair compensation they deserve when someone else’s negligence causes them harm. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

Four Common Causes of Truck Accidents

by Staff Blogger | October 20th, 2014

The size and weight of a tractor-trailer can make avoiding collisions difficult. That’s why Michael D. Ponce, a Nashville truck accident lawyer at Ponce Law, would like to tell you about four of the most common truck accident causes:

  1. Driver Negligence– Speeding is one of the leading causes of fatal truck accidents today. Drivers can also hit other vehicles while changing lanes if they fail to properly check blind spots.
  2. Drowsy Driving– Truck drivers are often paid by the load or by miles traveled, which can make working long hours tempting. But fatigue behind the wheel can impair judgment as much as alcohol, which is why there are limits on the amount truck drivers can operate each week.
  3. Distracted Driving– The cab of a tractor-trailer often doubles as an office for truck drivers, leaving phones to be answered, online directions to be sought, and scheduling of loads to be conducted while driving. While there are rules against conducting many of these activities while moving,  drivers sometimes fail to adhere to the regulations.
  4. Faulty Equipment– Companies are required to perform regular maintenance on their vehicles and to record each of these services—but many trucking operators fail to comply.

If you’ve been injured as the result of a Nashville truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers are available to talk about your case 24/7, just dial (800) 363-9113 today.

Plea Agreement Reached in Fatal Nashville Pedestrian Accident

by Staff Blogger | June 16th, 2014

The sizes of tractor-trailers can often make it difficult for drivers to see the spaces around their vehicle when traveling or turning. Unfortunately, this too often can lead to accidents occurring.

Such a mistake was a contributing factor to a Nashville pedestrian accident that claimed the life of a 17-year-old high school student. The incident occurred on Dec. 19, 2013 as the Hume-Fogg student was crossing Rosa L. Parks Boulevard near the school.

Reports from The Tennessean explain the 46-year-old truck driver was making a right turn at the intersection of Rosa Parks and Church Street when he failed to see the young girl as she was crossing the road.

An investigation determined the driver was not acting in a reckless manner prior to the collision, which resulted in a plea deal being reached with prosecution. The driver agreed to plea guilty to a charge of failing to yield the right-of-way rather than face a more serious misdemeanor charge of vehicular homicide. He will pay a $500 fine as part of the agreement approved by the family of the victim. The driver will also keep his license as part of the deal.

At Michael D. Ponce & Associates, our Nashville personal injury lawyers know how devastating it can be to lose a loved one to an accident. That’s why we are hopeful the decision in this case helps bring a sense of closure to the family of the victim.