February 13th, 2015|
Spring is just around the corner in Middle Tennessee, and you can expect to see more motorcycles on the road. Unfortunately, many motorists fail to yield to bikers—causing an increase in Tennessee motorcycle accident numbers. Data shows there have been 167 crashes over the past three years caused by motorists who failed to yield the right-of-way to motorcyclists while turning left.
When such an accident occurs, there are two ways to hold the responsible driver accountable—criminal and civil penalties.The ability to seek these penalties depends on the facts of the accident.
Take the case of a father who is distraught because the motorist who killed his son in a Tennessee motorcycle accident will not face criminal charges due to the location where the accident occurred.
WSMV 4 News reports the victim was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle along Gallatin Road in Nashville when the driver of an SUV failed to yield the right-of-way and struck the motorcyclist. He was taken to the hospital, but died a short time later.
The victim’s father had pushed for charges to be filed against the driver of the SUV, but the District Attorney’s office passed on prosecuting the case because the law states a driver can only be charged for failing to yield the right-of-way at an intersection. Since the accident didn’t happen at a road crossing, no charges are filed.
The prosecutor’s office did point out the driver could be held liable in civil court though, where the burden of proof and laws regarding liability are much different. The Nashville personal injury attorneys with Ponce Law point out that if you’re considering filing a civil case against a driver who injured you in a Tennessee motorcycle accident, an experienced lawyer can help answer any questions you may have.
January 30th, 2015|
The Super Bowl kicks off this Sunday. And while the event can be a great time to come together and celebrate with friends, it can also lead to drunk driving. Officials from the state’s Department of Transportation (TNDOT) point out the chances of being involved in a Tennessee drunk driving accident increase tremendously on Super Bowl Sunday.
To help combat this problem, the Tennessee Titans are partnering with TNDOT, the Franklin Police Department, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol to raise public awareness about the dangers of drunk driving. Reports from The Leaf-Chronicle explain the campaign will kick off today at the Franklin Police Department headquarters.
During the event, a family who lost a loved one to a drunk driver on Super Bowl Sunday will discuss how the event affected them. The motorcycle their loved one was riding at the time of the accident will also be on public display during the event as a reminder of how a life can change in a split second as the result of drunk driving.
The Nashville personal injury attorneys with Ponce Law understand the risks drunk driving can pose. That’s why we ask that you choose not to drink and drive this weekend. Instead, choose a designated driver or plan a safe ride home. We hope these tips help you to have a safe and sober Super Bowl!
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.
September 17th, 2014|
In 2012, a Fungal Meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid injections was responsible for claiming dozens of lives and leaving hundreds of others ill. Now, it seems progress is being made in criminally prosecuting those responsible for creating the contaminated drugs.
According to WKRN 2 News, the pharmacist responsible for creating the contaminated steroid injections that were manufactured at the New England Compounding Center has been arrested as he was preparing to board a flight for Hong Kong. Federal officials claim the 46-year-old man was responsible for fraudulently maintaining sanitation logs and failing to practice standard sanitation practices while mixing medications. The man is currently facing one count of mail fraud, but could face more charges later.
While criminal prosecution may be satisfying to many victims, it can’t pay them back for the damages caused by the outbreak.
However, the civil justice system allows people affected by acts of negligence like this one to seek compensation for their damages. If you’ve been harmed by the negligence of another, our Tennessee personal injury lawyers are here to help you. Call Ponce Law today at 615-244-4321 to learn more about what we can do for you.
August 22nd, 2014|
When a person is killed as the result of another person’s negligence, the family of the victim may seek compensation from those responsible for their loss. But there are certain standards each case must meet before it can go forward.
One of the most important aspects to remember in a Tennessee wrongful death lawsuit is to ensure the claim is filed within the statute of limitations. This is a deadline by which legal action must be taken. Once this time expires, you can no longer file a lawsuit.
In Tennessee, claims for damages in a wrongful death case usually must be filed within one year of the victim’s passing. It’s important to remember there are only a few exceptions to the law that will allow the statute of limitations to be extended.
There’s no amount of money that can bring your loved one back into your life. But having the resources to create stability for your family can be crucial. That’s why its’ so important to speak with a reputable Tennessee personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
At Ponce Law, we know how difficult the days and weeks after a loved one’s passing can be, and we’re here to help you get back on your feet. Call us anytime at 615-244-4321 to get the compassionate legal representation you deserve.
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.
July 28th, 2014|
Offering legal help to injured people in Middle Tennessee is our mission here at Ponce Law. That’s why we are excited to announce that we’ve been named a recipient of the 2014 Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award.
This honor is given to law firms that achieve a Client Review Rating Score of 4.0 or better. Ratings can be given based on client feedback in increments ranging from 1.0 for a poor performance to 5.0 for a job well done. The ratings are based off of categories including communication, responsiveness, quality of service, and case outcome.
Less than 1 percent of the 900,000 firms registered with Martindale-Hubbell qualify for the award.
Potential clients use information provided by the ratings surveys to help determine which law firm and Tennessee personal injury attorney will be the best fit to help with their cases.
Founding attorney, Michael D. Ponce, pointed to client trust as one of the main reasons his firm received the award. He went on to say, “People want to know they can trust their attorney, and that their attorney will be there for them. It’s something we emphasize every day to our entire team.”
March 31st, 2014|
March 31, 2014
The attorneys with Ponce Law are able to help anyone who has suffered Personal Injuries through no fault of their own, including nursing home abuse and neglect.
Nursing home abuse and negligence can show itself in many different forms. From mistreatment of patients to simply failing to keep proper records regarding a patient’s care, almost any mistake that is made in the treatment of a resident of a long-term care facility can be considered abuse. When reports of such incidents surface, the facility could face an investigation and possible shutdown.
Such a case was recently reported by News Channel 5. Two Memphis nursing home facilities were facing heavy public scrutiny after reports of deficiencies led to a shutdown due to inadequate patient conditions. Investigators from the Tennessee Department of Health stated the facilities were facing allegations of administrative violations, as well as failure to improve staff performance and nursing services standards. The allegations resulted in both facilities being barred from accepting new admissions until the issues are resolved.
Michael D. Ponce and Associates’ team of Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how confusing the laws governing injuries and medical care can be, which is why they say it is so important to have a qualified attorney on your side if you have been harmed as the result of another person’s actions.