November 6th, 2015|
Teens tend to be involved in a disproportionate number of motor vehicle crashes. Data indicates a total of 357 teens between ages 15-19 were killed in Tennessee car accidents between 2010-2014. Drunk and distracted driving was also found to play a role in a large number of these crashes.
To help raise awareness about teen drunk driving accidents, as well as the dangerous distractions using handheld electronic devices can cause, a program will be held this Saturday, Nov. 7, at Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
According to the Franklin Home Page, the “Speak Up” event will feature:
- Performances by local and regional recording artists
- Rock climbing
- Bounce houses
- Face painting
More importantly though, the event will focus on eliminating distractions and driving sober through a crash simulation. A mock crash scene will be set up with actors portraying the victims and real emergency crews responding to the scene. The simulation will end with a landing and takeoff of a LifeFlight helicopter. The hope is that those who witness the event will think twice about their actions behind the wheel.
There will also be several workshops taking place that discuss the risks of drinking and distracted driving.
Keeping drivers safe on our state’s roads is a top priority for the Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law. That’s why our team encourages you to attend “Speak Up” with either by yourself or with a young driver in your life.
August 3rd, 2015|
The Dangers of Drunk Driving and Not Buckling Up
Two of the leading causes of Tennessee car accidents are drunk driving and a lack of seatbelt use. Data from the Insurance Institute of Highway safety shows drunk driving accidents account for roughly one-third of all fatal collisions in our state, while almost half of those who die on Tennessee highways are not wearing their seatbelts.
State legislators are hoping to address these issues with several new laws.
This recently passed bill will require anyone charged with vehicular homicide or vehicular assault resulting from driving while intoxicated to wear a transdermal alcohol-monitoring bracelet as a condition of his or her release from custody. The unit is capable of detecting alcohol in a person’s system by monitoring moisture released through the skin. Officials say the law aims to keep repeat driving under the influence offenders off the road.
Seat Belt Laws
New regulations have also increased the penalties for not wearing a seatbelt in Tennessee. An article from The Daily Herald says fines for failing to buckle up have increased from $10 to $25 for a first offense and from $20 to $50 for secondary and subsequent infractions. The fine for any driver between ages 16-17 who is not properly restrained was also increased from $20 to $25.
The legal staff at Ponce Law believes in the importance of highway safety and is encouraged by recent legislation, but we know the key to preventing accidents starts with drivers. Our Nashville car accident lawyers ask you to always buckle up and to avoid driving after drinking alcohol.
July 15th, 2015|
Many factors can play a role in Tennessee car accidents, including the negligent design or maintenance of roadways.
When care is not taken when planning a roadway or conducting regular upkeep, crashes are more likely. Residents and officials in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, say this may be the reason for an increase in car accidents at a local interchange.
According to WKRN 2 News, there have been nearly 30 collisions along I-40 East near South Mt. Juliet Road and Belinda Parkway. Those crashes resulted in at least eight injuries and a majority of the accidents seem to occur while it’s raining.
This prompted officials at the Tennessee Department of Transportation to launch an investigation lack of proper drainage and what can be done to solve the issue. So far, the agency has determined drains in the area are clear and free of debris that can cause clogs. The team is also working to determine if the slope of the road is correct.
At Ponce Law, we understand the risks a defective roadway can pose to motorists, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers are hopeful any problems discovered on the highway can be resolved before another accident happens.
February 9th, 2015|
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) held a contest to see who can come up with the catchiest safety slogan to help reduce Tennessee car accident numbers. Today, we’re excited to share the saying that was selected—as well as a few that didn’t make the cut.
From “Drive With A Buzz, Deal With The Fuzz” to “ I like you better in your lane,” there were plenty of quirky quips submitted to the latest Tennessee safety contest. Not all of the 3,400 entries were up to par,though. So, B.J. Doughty, the Director of Communications and Community Relations for TDOT, shared a few of the rejected slogans with WKRN 2 News.
On the other hand, there were some very effective ideas. More than 9,000 votes were cast, and the five favorite messages selected to grace hundreds of electronic overhead signs that line Tennessee’s highways include:
- “Texting and Driving? Oh, cell no!”
- “Exit To Text It.”
- “It’s Tennessee. Slow down and enjoy the view.”
- “Hey you! Yeah you! Hang up and drive.”
- “Tailgating is for the game, not the road.”
At Ponce Law, we recognize the importance of highway safety. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers would like to congratulate those who came up with the winning slogans. We are hopeful these messages will be effective in reducing Tennessee car accident rates.
January 7th, 2015|
Highway safety has become a top priority in Tennessee. This has been made apparent by the numerous public and private campaigns aimed at educating motorists and preventing car, truck, and motorcycle crashes that cause auto accident injuries.
The efforts seem to be paying off, considering new reports show the state’s highway fatality rate reached an all-time low last year. According to WBIR News, 961 motorists lost their lives on Tennessee roadways in 2014. This was an almost 3.5 percent decrease from 2013, when 995 roadway deaths were recorded.
One of the major contributing factors to this decrease is the Tennessee’s focus on preventing drunk driving accidents. Officers arrested approximately 2,000 more intoxicated drivers last year in 2013, which may have contributed to the state’s 18.6 percent drop in alcohol-related traffic deaths.
State officials hope to keep the downward trend in traffic fatalities alive in 2015 by sponsoring a campaign called “Toward Zero Deaths”. The program focuses on eliminating highway fatalities in a single year by improving highway engineering, law enforcement strategies, education techniques, and emergency response protocol.
November 26th, 2014|
For many, Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family or friends. The holiday is also one of the busiest travel times in the state, often resulting in an increased number of Tennessee car accidents.
Last year, Tennessee state troopers investigated 29 collisions on the day before Thanksgiving and another 36 on the Sunday following the holiday. That’s why law enforcement across the state is vowing to ramp up efforts to keep motorists safe throughout the weekend.
According to an article from WGOW News Radio, the Tennessee Highway Patrol plans to have troopers stationed every 20 miles along I-40 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today, Nov. 26, and again on Sunday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Troopers will be watching for infractions such as speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Service Your Vehicle– Changing the oil, rotating the tires, checking the brakes, and fixing broken lights are all tasks that should be completed before taking your vehicle on the road for the holidays. Doing so can significantly reduce your chances of accidents.
- Buckle Up– Wearing a seatbelt can also reduce your chances of injury or death in the event of an accident.
- Be Vigilant– Watch for other drivers who may not be paying attention to traffic signals and patterns.
We hope these tips help you and your loved ones enjoy a safe and fun Thanksgiving!
November 19th, 2014|
Ride-sharing businesses like Uber and Lyft have really taken off over the last several years in the Nashville area. These unique business models allow citizens to utilize those in their area who drive for the companies for rides that can be significantly cheaper and faster than a cab or taxi. However, ride sharing has stirred quite the controversy here in regards to who should be liable in the event of a Tennessee car accident.
Taxi companies and other opponents of the businesses say ride-sharing companies should be required to hold the same certifications and insurance that they are required to have. The ride-sharing companies argue their drivers purchase their own insurance and that the companies’ business models exempt them from other licenses and certifications that taxi companies must acquire.
It seems as though Metro legislators believe ride-sharing businesses should be regulated. According to WKRN 2 News, a bill was passed earlier this week that would impose several strict rules on the ride-sharing industry in Nashville. If the bill is approved, it would require:
- Ride share drivers to be licensed by the city and meet insurance standards.
- Vehicles to be inspected annually.
- Drivers to pass a background check conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation each year.
At Ponce Law, we want everyone to be safe on the road. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers hope any regulations that are enacted for the ride-sharing industry are effective in achieving this goal.
October 17th, 2014|
Teens are at an especially high risk of being involved in Tennessee car accidents. Numbers show that last year alone, roughly 39,000 crashes in our state involved a driver who was 20-years-old or younger. That’s around 13 percent of all crashes that were recorded in the state last year.
To help reduce the number of teen driving accidents that occur each year in our state, two government agencies are partnering up to promote a teen driving safety campaign next week.
According to an article from News Channel 5, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has declared the week of Oct. 19-25 as Teen Driver Safety Week in Tennessee. Officials say the program aims to give parents the information they need to effectively talk to their children about safe driving, while also getting the conversation going among teens and their peers. Last year, the program unveiled the “5 To Drive” initiative, which touched on the five most dangerous behaviors behind the wheel.
At Ponce Law, we understand the importance of teaching teens safe driving techniques. That’s why our Nashville auto accident attorneys encourage parents to talk to their teen drivers on a regular basis about driving safety. We also urge the use of a teen driving contract, that establishes an agreement between teens and adults that they will not engage in risky behaviors behind the wheel, such as speeding, drinking and driving, texting and driving, or operating vehicles with numerous passengers.
August 29th, 2014|
To help reduce the number of lives impacted by Tennessee car accidents, the state’s Department of Transportation (TDOT) has partnered with the Tennessee Department of Safety to create the nation’s first motor vehicle incident management training facility.
A video posted to YouTube by TDOT explains the facility’s round track exhibits a majority of road and highway models—from a six-lane interstate to a four-way intersection of two two-lane roads. This allows law enforcement, fire departments, tow truck drivers, and ambulance crews to be trained in almost any highway accident scenario they may experience on the job.
Ground was broken on the project in May and construction on the project is expected to be completed by the end of this fall. A majority of the funding for the estimated $1 million project was provided through federal grants.
At Ponce Law, we understand the serious risks emergency responders face when on the scenes of accidents. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers applaud the efforts being made to offer these individuals the training they need to keep themselves and other motorists safe on the road.
You can also do your part to help keep emergency crews safe by following these precautions:
- If Possible, Move Over– State law calls for vehicles to move one lane over from stopped emergency vehicles. You should also try to apply this rule to crash scenes.
- Stay Focused and Vigilant– When passing an accident scene, avoid taking your eyes off the road and pay extra attention for people and objects in the road.
- Be Patient– Accidents can cause traffic, so slow down and give other motorists around you space.
July 30th, 2014|
When many think about Tennessee car accidents, they imagine the state’s traffic-filled highways. But a new study has shown that rural roads in Tennessee may be more dangerous than its highways.
The report from the national research organization,TRIP, showed rural roads in Tennessee had one of the highest fatality rates in the nation. Their findings showed State Route 360 in Monroe County had a total of 45 accidents during a two-year period. The intersection of State Route 437 and Fairfield Pike in Shelbyville recorded 16 crashes in the three years it has been open to traffic.
So what is being done to reduce the number of highway fatalities here in Tennessee? WSMV 4 News reports the Department of Transportation has allocated $2.5 million to improve these roadways by installing new rumble strips, warning signs, guardrails, and re-striping and repaving certain road sections. Additional efforts include adding extra law enforcement patrols and flashing warning lights at troublesome spots.
The Tennessee personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law understand the devastation caused by accidents resulting from defective roadways. That’s why we are hopeful the planned improvements will help better protect Tennessee’s motorists from harm.