Tennessee Highway Safety

“ThinkFast Interactive” Comes to Middle Tennessee

by Staff Blogger | October 16th, 2015

Statistics indicate that teens are involved in a disproportionate number of crashes in Tennessee. Data from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office shows that in 2010, 509 adolescent drivers were seriously injured in motor vehicle collisions.

To help reduce this number, the Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain the Montgomery County Driver Safety Program recently conducted a new campaign aimed at raising vehicle safety awareness among teens called ThinkFast Interactive. The program was conducted at Montgomery Central High School.

Officials explain the program utilizes an interactive game to provide teens with information about the risks that certain behaviors—such as drinking and driving or distractions—can pose behind the wheel. Driver Safety Administrator, Lisa McClain, explains to Clarksville Now that the program keeps students’ attention by allowing them to have fun while learning.

Montgomery Central was the third school in the region to participate in the program, but officials hope the recent successes the initiative has reported will allow ThinkFast Interactive to be brought to more schools within the next year.

Helping to protect the lives of all Tennessee motorists is a goal our legal staff at Ponce Law shares with one another. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers hope to see more use of the ThinkFast Interactive program, along with a continuing decline in teen accident numbers in the future.

$17.8 Million Awarded to Improve Tennessee Highway Safety

by Staff Blogger | September 21st, 2015

There’s an old adage that the best defense is a good offense—and it can certainly be applied to the idea of highway safety. The Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law are excited to learn that hundreds of agencies in the state will receive funding to make Tennessee roads safer.

According to WATE 6 News, $17.8 million was granted to Tennessee organizations and agencies to improve highway safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is providing the funding via the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

Tennessee’s Department of Transportation Commissioner, John Schroer, explained Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cocke, Cumberland, Hawkins, Jefferson, Knox, McMinn, Roane, Scott, and Sevier counties would each receive a portion of the awards. The money will be used to fund programs that provide safety training and public education, as well as enforcement of laws that can prevent speeding, distraction, and drunk driving accidents.

At Ponce Law, we believe that a well-rounded highway safety plan can help reduce accidents, injuries, and fatalities on our roads. We’re hopeful these funds will to not only improve our current highway safety programs, but also help to create new ways to reduce motor vehicle collisions in Tennessee.

Local Law Enforcement Agencies Recognized for Efforts in Promoting Highway Safety

by Staff Blogger | August 26th, 2015

Law enforcement agencies across Tennessee work hard every day to keep our roads safe. That’s why the Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law are excited to see different law enforcement groups from around the state rewarded for their efforts.

According to WATE 6 News, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the Department of Transportation recently recognized several law enforcement agencies as winners of the 11th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge. As part of the contest, agencies are judged on their efforts to educate the public about the dangers of speeding, driving while impaired, and vehicle safety. The Metro Nashville Police Department was the winner in the category with agencies that have than 1,000 officers. The Nashville District of the Tennessee Highway Patrol also took third place in their category. Winning agencies are said to combine training, education, and enforcement to make our state’s roads safer places to travel.

Agencies that qualified for consideration in the contest were also eligible to win fully equipped police vehicles for their jurisdiction. The winners were Madison and Hickman counties, along with the Sewanee Police Department.

While the team at Ponce Law would like to congratulate all participants and winners in this year’s challenge, we know that not all crashes can be prevented. That’s why motorists should be familiar with what to do after an auto accident. We hope this information helps keep you and your loved ones safe on the road!

Nashville Car Accident Lawyers Talk Traffic Safety For Memorial Day Weekend

by Staff Blogger | May 22nd, 2015

Memorial Day weekend has officially kicked off in Tennessee and officials are expecting it to be an extremely busy weekend for travelers. Estimates show that as many as 755,000 Tennesseans will be traveling more than 50 miles from home over the extended weekend. With so many motorists on the road, our Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law would like to remind the public to keep safety in mind at all times when on the road.

Drivers should remember to obey the law at all times when operating a motor vehicle. This means adhering to the speed limit, refraining from texting or using electronic devices while driving, and by all means, not drinking and driving. For those who fail to adhere to the rules of the road, law enforcement plans to be out in full force this weekend.

According to an article from The Jackson Sun, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will begin increased patrols throughout the state beginning Friday, May 22, at 12:01 A.M. and continuing until Monday, May 25. This will also be a “No Refusal” weekend, meaning officers and troopers will have judges on hand to sign warrants in order to receive breath and blood samples from potentially intoxicated motorists.

At Ponce Law, we recognize the hazards increased traffic volumes can pose to motorists on the highway and our Nashville personal injury lawyers urge all motorists to slow down, buckle up, and drive defensively this Memorial Day weekend.

Vote for Your Favorite Highway Safety Slogan

by Staff Blogger | January 28th, 2015

Motor vehicle safety is currently a top priority in Tennessee, and most experts agree that getting the public aware and involved in improving safety is one of the best ways to keep the trend going. That’s why the state has launched a contest for Tennesseans to come up with new slogans to go on the 163 electronic road signs dispersed along highways throughout the state.

The Goodlettsville car accident lawyers with Ponce Law explain that state officials asked Tennesseans to submit their most catchy safety slogans so the best could be voted on for use on signage in the state. Since then, more than 3,400 entries were submitted, and they have been narrowed down to the 15 best phrases.

Now you can do your part to improve highway safety in Tennessee by voting for your favorite safety slogan. Just go to the Tennessee Department of Transportation website, read through the choices of safety slogans, and then click on the box next to your favorite. Voting will take place until Feb. 6 and the winning messages will be posted online the following week.

At Ponce Law, we recognize the importance of highway safety. That’s why our Tennessee personal injury lawyers are hopeful you’ll do your part to contribute by voting on your favorite safety slogan.

First Responder Training Facility Opens in Nashville

by Staff Blogger | November 7th, 2014

Being a first responder is one of the most dangerous jobs one can have. From the risks posed by rescuing others to the chances of being struck by vehicles, emergency crews face a plethora of hazards on a daily basis.

Our state is dedicated to offering the best training available to first responders so they can better help those who’ve suffered auto accident injuries. That’s why a new facility was opened in Nashville.

According to Clarksville Online, the new facility is located off of Stewarts Ferry Pike and is home to a connected system of short roadways that allow emergency crews to train for nearly any situation they could find themselves in. The roads range in size from two-to six-lanes and are equipped with guardrails and intersections as well.

During the grand opening ceremony on October 20, the new facility was dedicated to the dozens of men and women employed by the Tennessee Highway Patrol or Department of Transportation who lost their lives in the line of duty.

At Ponce Law, we understand how better training for first responders can help lead to less on-the-job accidents, as well as better care and treatment for accident victims. That’s why our team of Nashville personal injury lawyers would like to applaud state officials for making the new facility at top priority.

How Technology Is Preventing Nashville Car Accidents

by Staff Blogger | September 8th, 2014

There’s almost an endless list of causes to motor vehicle collisions. One of the most common causes for a Nashville car accident is faulty equipment, with one in six cars and trucks in the city currently under recall.

This figure leaves many local Middle Tennesseans wondering what they can do to ensure their vehicle is safe and is free of faulty equipment. An article from News Channel 5 investigates points out most vehicles under recall do not get repaired because the owner is simply unaware of the problem. But now there are two new ways to stay abreast on the latest vehicle recalls.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created a new search on their website. Just enter the Vehicle Information Number (VIN) of your vehicle to see if there are any associated recalls.

Carfax has also created a smartphone app that alerts motor vehicle owners to recalls. Just enter your car or truck’s license plate to see if there are any open recalls on your vehicle. The app will also alert users to future recalls on their vehicles.

While technology can be handy to raise awareness of problems with vehicles, accidents can still happen. That’s why it’s important to speak with a Nashville personal injury lawyer if you’ve been injured in an auto accident.

At Ponce Law, our team of attorneys has decades of combined experience helping accident victims get back on their feet, and we want to help you do the same. To learn more about what our legal staff can do for you, give us a call at 615-244-4325 today.

Tennessee Car Accident Response Training Facility Coming to Nashville

by Staff Blogger | 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.

State Officials Working to Improve Tennessee Highway Safety

by Staff Blogger | April 7th, 2014

Roads in Tennessee can be hazardous for drivers and the workers who construct and maintain the highway infrastructure. That’s why the state is working to reduce Tennessee Car Accidents and improve highway safety with several programs.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is hoping to reduce speeding in construction zones as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week. Running until April 11, public service announcements will help explain the risks of speeding in work zones.

TDOT is also hoping to improve highway safety through a series of updates to the state’s Transportation Improvement Plan over the next three-years. Some of the changes include a $1.5 billion investment into 59 individual infrastructure projects spanning 41 counties. Repaving roads and bridges will be a part of many of the projects, as will improved access to several local communities from main throughways.

The Nashville Personal Injury Attorneys with Ponce Law applaud the actions being taken to improve highway safety in the state and are hopeful the programs are a success!

State Officials Investigating Safety Concerns Along I-440 in Nashville

by Staff Blogger | February 24th, 2014

February 24, 2014

There are many reasons that can be given as the cause of a motor vehicle accident, but poor infrastructure design has been listed as a contributing factor in Nashville Car Accidents occurring along a particular stretch of highway.

In Aug. 2011, a driver reported driving along I-440 when a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction lost control and crashed over the median of the highway. The vehicle then struck a truck, killing its 50-year-old driver. Then, last summer, a similar incident occurred on the highway near the Murphy Road exit. In all, a total of 11 crashes involving a vehicle crossing the median of the highway have occurred along I-440 since 2008.

In an effort to correct the problem, the Tennessee Department of Transportation has began investigating what actions could be taken to improve safety and reduce crash numbers along the highway. Their team is looking at problematic hills and curves in the road that could be corrected through infrastructure improvements and equipment upgrades, such as new guardrails. Read more about the proposed safety projects here.

Michael D. Ponce & Associates and their team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers faulty road design can pose to motorists and are hopeful safety improvement projects are approved along I-440 in order to keep motorists safe!