Truck Accident Injury

Investigators Consider Several Possible Causes of Fatal Truck Crash

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Proposed Law May Lead to Increased Commerical Truck Accidents

by Staff Blogger | June 1st, 2015

The Nashville truck accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain that one of the reasons commercial big rigs are so dangerous is because of their size and weight. These two factors can make stopping a commercial tractor-trailer require the length of a football field.

Despite these risks, lawmakers are considering proposals that would allow larger trucks on the road. According to Bloomberg Politics, a transportation spending bill would allow carriers to haul two 33-foot trailers in tandem as opposed to current regulations that only allow two 28-foot trailers to be pulled at the same time.

Experts who oppose the changes say the ten extra feet of trailer space will increase the size and weight of the vehicles, making them more difficult to stop. The claim is supported by research that shows tandem trucks already have a 15 percent higher crash rate than trucks hauling single trailers.

The results of a truck accident can be devastating, but the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law want you to know that you aren’t alone if you’ve been hurt in a crash involving a commercial vehicle. Our team is standing by to offer advice and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to give us a call anytime at 615-244-4325 to discuss your case.

Tennessee Truck Accident Caused by Driver’s Failure to Stop

by Staff Blogger | 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 615-244-4325 to speak with our legal team today.

The Number of Truck Accidents in the U.S. Is Rising

by Staff Blogger | 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.

FMCSA Changes Weight Rules for Tractor Trailers

by Staff Blogger | March 28th, 2014

March 28, 2014

Physics teaches us that the greater the weight of an object in motion, the longer it will take said object to be brought to a halt. This explains why it can take a tractor trailer up to a quarter of a mile to stop, which can often lead to severe Truck Accidents.

This data has raised some serious concerns about tractor trailer safety among federal officials and has led to a reform in the definitions of weight standards used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

An article from Trucking Info explains enforcement officials will now examine the gross combination weight rating etched on the certification label of the power unit and trailer to determine vehicle weight. If the number is not printed on the label, the gross weight of the vehicle will be figured by adding the gross vehicle weights of the truck and the trailer. If there is a difference between these two figures, the higher one will be used.

The change was made in response to a petition created by an organization the represents law enforcement that  found it difficult to determine a tractor trailer’s weight.

The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Ponce Law recognize the dangers overweight tractor trailers can pose on the road and are hopeful the changes prevent future truck accidents.

Tennessee Trucking Company Faces Shutdown After Fatal Crash

by Staff Blogger | February 7th, 2014

February 7, 2014

Trucking companies have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the vehicles and drivers they put on the road. The Nashville Truck Accident Attorneys with Ponce Law explain that any failure to do so could result in costly citations and civil lawsuits.

An article from Trucking Info explained a truck driver from Tazewell, Tennessee, and his company were permanently pulled off the road after repeat offenses that prompted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to call them both imminent safety hazards.

On Nov. 19, 2013, the trucker was operating a vehicle along I-81 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, when he suddenly veered across the highway and crashed into oncoming vehicles, killing two people. He then fled the scene and was later caught by police hiding behind a nearby building. He was charged with numerous crimes in connection to the incident, including driving under the influence. In 2009, he faced similar charges.

These incidents prompted the FMCSA to issue an order for the driver and his company to halt all operations on Jan. 22, 2014.

Michael D. Ponce & Associates and their team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how devastating a collision with a tractor-trailer can be and applaud the FMCSA actions to take dangerous drivers and companies off the road.

Failure to Properly Inspect Vehicles Blamed for Several Truck Accidents

by Staff Blogger | November 8th, 2013

November 8, 2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is charged with the responsibility of ensuring large commercial vehicles are properly maintained for safe operation on the road. However, the Nashville Truck Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law say that some government officials are questioning whether the agency is fulfilling this duty.

According to an article from the News-Journal, a number of recent collisions, including one in Tennessee that left 25 people dead and more than 80 others injured, prompted the recent concerns. Officials have stated they have discovered several safety problems with the vehicles involved that should have been red flags to inspectors.

After one crash in California, investigators discovered that a vehicle had not been properly inspected prior to a fatal crash. In another incident, officials learned that a driver had exceeded the allotted number of hours he was legally allowed to drive. Investigators also found drivers not following proper behind the wheel, including speeding and using vehicle equipment at inappropriate times.

The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates are aware of how dangerous an improperly maintained vehicle can be. That’s why the firm suggests anyone who has been injured in an accident discuss their rights with an attorney as soon as possible.