December 14th, 2015|
Middle Tennessee is a major hub for the transportation industry, so our area sees it’s fair share of accidents involving commercial tractor-trailers. In fact, data from the Tennessee Department of Safety shows Davidson County has held the second highest number of truck accidents in the state for at least the last three years, while surrounding counties also report a higher than average number of collisions involving big rigs.
The Nashville truck accident lawyers at Ponce Law point out that a recent tractor-trailer crash brings into perspective just how common these collisions are in our area. Reports indicate the accident occurred on Sunday, Dec. 13, near the intersection of Nashville Highway and Carters Creek Pike in Columbia, Tennessee.
The Columbia Daily Herald reports that a Mazda sedan occupied by two passengers and an 18-wheeler carrying a forklift struck one another just south of the highway crossing. The two passengers in the Mazda were seriously injured and were transported to a local hospital for further treatment.
Officials with the Columbia Police Department stated they were still considering a number of causes of truck accidents that may have led to the crash.
An accident with a tractor-trailer can have a physical, emotional, and financial effect on victims, and the legal team at Ponce Law strives to always be an advocate for those who find themselves in such a position. That’s why we would like to wish a speedy and full recovery to the two motorists who were seriously injured this past weekend.
November 11th, 2015|
Many factors can play a role in causing commercial tractor-trailer accidents, but some of the most common causes of truck accidents are safety violations. A majority of these violations are related to trucks being oversize or overweight.
Considering the number of crashes caused by trucks that are too large, many motorists are now relieved that lawmakers voted against reforms that would allow longer commercial trucks on our roads.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate opposed a measure that would increase the legal length of twin commercial truck trailers from 28 feet to 33 feet. Those in favor of the changes argued allowing longer truck trailers would increase the amount of goods that could be moved in a single trip, increasing transportation efficiency and lowering costs. However, opponents of the measure successfully countered those notions, pointing out that longer trucks have been shown to increase the chances of accidents occurring.
According to The Hill, the call for an increase to the length of truck trailers was left off of a recently approved transportation bill, but these changes could be added back to the bill at a later time.
October 26th, 2015|
Another wrongful death lawsuit was in connection with a fatal Tennessee truck accident on June 25 along I-75 outside of Chattanooga. The suit was filed by the family of former middle school band director who died in the crash. They are seeking $11 million in damages.
A report from the Chattanooga Times Free Press explains the driver who caused the crash was under the influence of drugs and was in violations of hours of operation laws when he crashed along the interstate, killing six people and injuring several others. Furthermore, he was speeding and failed to allow enough time and space to stop the truck before crashing.
The actions of the driver aren’t the only cause of the crash, though. The company who hired him failed to conduct a background check before offering him the position as a driver.
These findings prompted the family of another victim to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and his employer The suit claims both parties are directly responsible for the loss of their loved one.
Two other families of victims have filed similar claims against the driver and employer since the collision occurred.
Losing a loved one to an unforeseen accident can be extremely difficult, and the Nashville wrongful death lawyers at Ponce Law are hopeful a decision in this case will bring closure to those affected by this tragic crash.
July 8th, 2015|
Two of the most common causes of truck accidents in the United States include safety violations and driver errors. Both are now considered possible contributing factors to a Tennessee truck accident that claimed four lives and left dozens of others injured.
The incident occurred at approximately 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, along I-75 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Reports indicate traffic was stopped for construction along the highway when a tractor-trailer failed to come to a halt and plowed into a line of other vehicles.
According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, this isn’t the first accident or run-in with the law that the driver of the tractor-trailer or his employer have had. Documents show the driver was cited for careless driving in Florida the day before the fatal crash in Tennessee. Furthermore, the trucking company has faced numerous safety violations in the past. Some of those charges include failure to properly maintain the brakes on trucks and inaccurate driver logs. During the last two years, the company has failed 37 percent of vehicle inspections.
Trucking rules and regulations are in place to protect all motorists on the road, which is why the Nashville truck accident lawyers at Ponce Law are hopeful an investigation into this recent crash can help determine if safety violations are to blame.
April 15th, 2015|
“The Dragon’s Tail” is an 11.2-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 129 that runs along the Tennessee border. The road is popular with motorcyclists due to the 318 curves packed into the short stretch, but the highway is also used as a shortcut by some commercial tractor-trailers moving loads over the mountains.
Unfortunately, the roadway has become notorious for accidents both types of vehicles. In fact, a report from Tennessee Department of Transportation shows “The Dragon” has been the site of at least 204 accidents from 2010-12. Because of the road’s location, accidents can take hours to clear, causing major traffic delays.
To help prevent factors that cause Tennessee truck accidents and motorcycle crashes along “The Dragon”, several new laws were implemented. The regulations include lower speed limits, as well as reduced length and weight limits for commercial big rigs.
According to The Daily Times, speed limits along stretches of the road have been dropped to as low as 40 miles per hour. Also, trucks hauling trailers longer than 30 feet are no longer allowed on the highway.
Keeping our roads and highways safe is an important mission of the Nashville personal injury attorneys at Ponce Law, and we applaud the state for making safety improvements to one of our most dangerous roadways.
December 8th, 2014|
Commercial tractor-trailers can be difficult to operate on narrow, winding roads. That’s why Tennessee has decided to ban big rigs from traveling on a stretch of highway known as “The Dragon’s Tail” in the eastern part of the state.
The Leaf-Chronicle reports the Dragon boasts a total of 318 sharp turns in an 11-mile stretch, making the roadway popular for both motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts. However, these curves can turn deadly gauntlet when 80,000-pound trucks enter the picture.
This particular danger was made apparent when a motorist died along the stretch of road after a Tennessee truck accident. Officials say the risks posed by an accident are only compounded by the traffic that can ensue after a pile up.
Most truck drivers are unaware of these dangers and only opt for the route to avoid a 100 mile trip around it. Officials feel the ban will better protect all drivers. In fact, it’s these dangers that forced North Carolina to ban truck travel on their side of the highway several years ago.
September 12th, 2014|
Young, inexperienced teens are at the most at risk of being involved in a motor vehicle collision. One of the most dangerous machines they could have a crash with is a commercial tractor trailer. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is hoping to keep the number of Tennessee truck accidents involving teens and trucks to a minimum through a new simulator program.
Tennessee high school students taking driver’s education courses can partake in the simulator by first watching several videos that explain the physics behind moving and stopping such a large vehicle as well as discussing blind spots on trucks. Then, students have the first-hand opportunity to learn what it’s like to drive one of these vehicles by getting behind the wheel in the simulator.
An article from WBIR News states the hands-on experience the simulator provides gives students insight into the importance of giving tractor trailers plenty of space on the road.
The simulator is funded and sponsored by several different organizations and can be experienced by students across the state throughout the year.
At Ponce Law, our team of Nashville personal injury lawyers recognizes the importance of teaching teens how to be safe when driving. We ‘re hopeful the new simulator is successful in getting this message to the youth of our state.
September 10th, 2014|
The size and weight of commercial tractor-trailers can make stopping difficult on short notice. In fact, studies have shown it can take a fully loaded 18-wheeler up to a quarter mile to come to a stop from highway speeds.
Last week, a Tennessee truck accident left two highway workers seriously injured. The accident occurred on Thursday, Sept. 4 in the westbound lanes of I-24 outside of Manchester, Tennessee.
WKRN 2 News reports a previous collision had clogged traffic along the highway, and the two workers were attempting to warn motorists to move over by illuminating a sign at the rear of their truck in the left lane.
Unfortunately, the driver of a tractor-trailer didn’t have time to stop his vehicle and plowed into the rear of the workers’ truck. Both employees were seriously injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment.
So what should you do if you’re injured in a collision with a commercial truck ? Speaking with a Nashville truck accident lawyer may help to ensure your legal rights are protected.
At Ponce Law, we have years of experience advocating on behalf of accident victims in the courtroom, and we can help answer any questions you may have about your case. Give us a call at 615-244-4321 to speak with our legal team today.
August 11th, 2014|
Despite a concerted effort to reduce highway collisions involving commercial tractor-trailers, data indicates the number of injuries and fatalities caused by truck accidents is increasing. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that as many as 11 truck accidents happen in the U.S. everyday, causing 100,000 injuries and 4,000 deaths every year.
Some common truck accident causes include:
- Distracted Driving
- Drowsy Driving
- Failure to Properly Maintain A Vehicle’s Equipment
This leaves many people wondering how trucking companies get away with unsafe operations. The Nashville truck accident lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates explain that loopholes in the law may be part of the answer.
Reports from WRCBTV News explains that trucking companies can avoid penalties for violating safety laws by registering with the Department of Transportation under new names and moving their fleets under new company names.
While the government tries to close this loophole, truck manufacturers are also working to reduce accident rates by improving the safety technology on their vehicles.
At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers recognize the dangers tractor-trailers pose on the road. That’s why we’re hopeful better safety equipment and stricter laws will help curb the snowballing number of truck accidents in the United States.
June 13th, 2014|
The Bonnaroo Music Festival is taking place in Middle Tennessee this weekend, which means music lovers from across the nation will be descending on our great state. Unfortunately, this also means traffic may be heavy and the chances of being involved in a motor vehicle collision may significantly increase in the area surrounding the festival.
Just last year, a Tennessee truck accident that occurred along the highway when traffic slowed to enter the festival was responsible for claiming the lives of two concertgoers and injuring several others.
So what can you do to stay safe and avoid involvement in an accident if you are traveling to or around the festival this year? At Ponce Law, our team of Nashville personal injury lawyers has come up with a list of tips that could prove effective, including:
- Be Patient– Wait times on roads around the festival may be extended, so stay calm and remember to be courteous to other motorists.
- Be Vigilant– Many people will choose to travel by foot around the festival, which can mean countless pedestrians along the road to watch for. Also, other drivers may be traveling from out of state, meaning they may be unfamiliar with the roads and traffic patterns. This can lead to drivers making careless mistakes.
- Buckle Up– Wearing your seat belt can significantly reduce the chances of death or injury if you happen to be involved in a crash.
- Don’t Drive While Intoxicated– Many Bonnaroo attendees may choose to have a drink during their stay. If you choose to do so, please don’t try to drive anywhere.