Tennessee personal injury lawyers

Study Shows Decrease in Tennessee Seat Belt Use

by Staff Blogger | August 5th, 2015

You never know when a motor vehicle collision is going to occur, so it pays to be prepared. The Goodlettsville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law point out that one of the best ways to protect yourself from injury or death while driving is to wear your seat belt. However, recent data indicates that fewer Tennessee motorists are using this lifesaving piece of equipment than in previous years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that seat belts have been shown to reduce crash-related injuries and deaths by around 50 percent. These numbers are why state law requires all motorists and passengers to buckle up. Yer despite state regulations requiring their use and a recent increase in the penalties for not using a seat belt, more and more Tennesseans are choosing not to buckle up.

WKRN 2 News says that a survey conducted by the University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found only 86.2 percent of motorists on our state’s roads were buckled up. That’s a 1.5 percent decrease from previous survey results.

At Ponce Law,  our Nashville personal injury lawyers would like to urge you to do your part to stay safe on the road by simply buckling up each and every time you get into a vehicle.

Goodlettsville Car Accident Attorney Encourages Participation in the Dynamic Message Sign Contest

by Staff Blogger | January 16th, 2015

Traffic fatalities in Tennessee have reached a low level in recent years. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security reports there were 961 fatalities resulting from Tennessee car accidents last year—the second lowest total since 1963.

What’s responsible for the dip in serious car accidents in our state? Michael D. Ponce is a Goodlettsville car accident attorney who founded Ponce Law. He points out that it has to do with the numerous safety campaigns the state sponsors throughout the year. Now, there’s a new way to get involved with the fight to keep our highways safe with a new contest.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation launched the Dynamic Message Sign Contest on January 5. The contest challenges citizens to submit a saying or slogan that promotes highway safety and can be displayed on one of the 163 electronic signs along the state’s roadways.

To participate, simply go to the TDOT webpage and type your message into the box provided. Submissions will be cut off on Jan. 16. The public will then have a chance to vote on the best messages from Jan. 26 to Feb. 6.

At Ponce Law, we recognize the important role public support plays in keeping Tennessee’s highways safe. That’s just one reason why our Tennessee personal injury lawyers can’t wait to see some of the slogans created as part of this fantastic contest.

Tennessee Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips

by Staff Blogger | 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.

The Tennessee personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law would like to remind travelers that you can take the following steps to stay safe on the road this Thanksgiving weekend:

  • 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!

How Tennessee Law Affects Work Comp Claims and Employment Disputes

by Staff Blogger | September 15th, 2014

The expenses faced by most employees injured on the job are often covered by Tennessee workers’ compensation insurance. However, several factors can leave a worker with no benefits. These include a worker’s industry and citizenship status.

The Tennessean recently examined the dangers and deplorable living conditions that many working in our state’s tobacco industry face today. The article discussed how, despite numerous worker injuries, the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration has not conducted a safety inspection at a tobacco farm since Oct. 2006.

Experts say that there are too few laws regulating the industry and there is not enough funding to cover expenses associated with the inspections.

Regardless of these problems, it’s important for workers to remember that there is help available if they are injured on the job. A Tennessee workers compensation attorney may be able to assist you with getting benefits.

This was illustrated in a case recently heard before the state’s courts, which found that undocumented workers who cannot return to work because of injuries or illnesses still have the right to sue their employers if they are wrongfully terminated from their positions due to their conditions.

At Ponce Law, we understand Tennessee employment law and can help you navigate our state’s legal system. So if you’ve been hurt on the job, feel free to give us a call at 615-244-4325 to learn more about how we can help you.