Tennessee Distracted Driving

Smartphone App Aims to Reduce Distracted Driving Among Teens

by Staff Blogger | March 9th, 2015

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in Middle Tennessee—especially amongst teenagers. In fact, 78 percent of young drivers admit to checking texts on a cellphone while behind the wheel of a vehicle, while 75 percent say they have sent texts while driving.

But advancements in technology are helping people combat this issue. The Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law explain that applications for smartphones can be used to keep drivers from using their devices while vehicles are in motion.

An article from Action News 5 elaborates on how a smartphone app called Canary informs parents whenever a teen driver uses a cellphone while in a moving car. The app detects when the phone is unlocked or operated inside of a moving vehicle. When this occurs, it sends an alert to parents’ phones.

While technology may help reduce distracted driving accidents, awareness of the dangers is the best way to get drivers to put their phones down. That’s why the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law would like to encourage parents to have a dialogue with their teen drivers about the risks of cell phone use behind the wheel.

Taking Care of Business: What About Distracted Driving?

by Staff Blogger | June 30th, 2014

Smartphones make communicating for work much easier than in the past. But some are questioning whether these devices are doing more harm than good in the hands of some workers.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that transportation accidents are the leading cause of accidental death in the workplace. The number of distracted driving accidents reported each year is swelling, and it comes as no surprise that cellphone use while driving is a contributing factor in many work-related motor vehicle accidents.

To help prevent distracted driving accidents in Tennessee, the state passed an ordinance that prohibits motorists from sending or receiving text messages while behind the wheel of moving vehicles. This may not be enough to bring a stop to the behavior, which is why an article released by the Fort Campbell Courier recently pleaded with employers and community leaders to create policies at their workplace that keep drivers from attempting to use cellphones while driving. It’s important to remember that failure to adopt such policies could be considered a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in the event of a distracted driving accident.

If you have been involved in a distracted driving accident in Middle Tennessee, the attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates encourage you to speak with a Nashville car accident lawyer to discuss your rights to compensation. Call us today at 615-244-4325 to discuss your case.

Volunteer State Community College Hosting Distracted Driving Simulator Event

by Staff Blogger | March 12th, 2014

March 12, 2014

The Nashville Car Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain distracted driving is a major problem across Tennessee. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Safety Council ranked the state among the worst in the nation when it came to preventing distracted driving accidents.

Data indicates 10.6 percent of all fatal crashes in the state were the result of cellphone use. That number is ten times greater than the national average.

In order to help address the problem, simulators are being used to help show the public just how dangerous distracted driving can be. According to an article from News Channel 5, the next such event will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, Wemyss Auditorium located on the campus of Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee.

The program will allow participants to attempt to drive the simulator while attempting to talk and text on a cellphone. This will allow the public to experience just how easily an accident can happen in a safe environment.

Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers encourages citizens in the area to attend the upcoming event. The firm also urges parents to discuss the risks of distracted driving with their teens.

Distracted Driving Causes Fatal Tennessee Car Accident

by Staff Blogger | February 3rd, 2014

February 3, 2014

One of the hardest aspects in the investigation of a motor vehicle collision is determining the contributing factors and who should be held responsible for causing the crash. The Nashville Car Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain these questions are still being answered in the case of a fatal crash that occurred in Columbia, Tennessee, last week.

Reports from The Daily Herald explain the incident occurred on the afternoon of Jan. 27, near the crossing of the Nashville Highway and Imperial Road. The 22-year-old driver of a 2000 Mazda Protégé sedan was driving her vehicle north toward Spring Hill when she says her cellphone rang. She said she looked down at the phone and dropped it in the passenger seat moments before she almost plowed into the rear end of the vehicle in front of her.

The driver of the Mazda swerved to avoid the collision, but veered into the oncoming lane of traffic, where she then struck a 2006 Pontiac minivan being driven by a 49-year-old woman. The impact of the collision killed the driver of the van.

Investigators believe distracted driving was to blame, but are also looking into alcohol consumption and a possible defective roadway as factors, considering this was the fourth crash and second fatality at the site within three years.

The attorneys with Michael D. Ponce & Associates know how difficult it can be to lose a loved one to an accident caused by another person’s negligence and the firm would like to send their condolences to the family of the victim.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Combats Distracted Driving With Big Rig

by Staff Blogger | November 4th, 2013

November 4, 2013

The Nashville Car Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that distracted driving is becoming one of the leading causes of serious and fatal motor vehicle collisions across the nation. Many states have created laws to combat the problem, but experts tend to agree that the regulations can prove difficult for police to enforce.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) has recently implemented a new method of catching distracted drivers in the act. According to an article released by WBIR News, troopers are now using tractor-trailers in to enforce distracted driving laws.

Reports indicate the THP has a tractor-trailer combination on-hand as a service vehicle. A spokesperson for the agency, Sgt. Randall Martin, explained that on recent shifts, one trooper drives the vehicle along the highway while another sits in the passenger seat and observes passing drivers. Martin adds that many motorists fail to recognize the truck’s occupants as law enforcement and continue engaging in dangerous behavior in plain sight of the truck.

Most recently, use of the vehicle allowed troopers to catch and cite two distracted drivers in a single afternoon.

The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates applaud the efforts to eradicate distracted driving from Tennessee’s highways and are hopeful to see other imaginative methods being utilized to enforce laws against the behavior.