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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.