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Brake Failure Blamed for Fatal Tennessee Bus Accident

by Keith Adkins | July 23rd, 2014

There are many causes of truck accidents, but one of the most common is faulty equipment. In fact, the Department of Transportation estimates that approximately 10 percent of all truck and bus crashes are the result of negligent or improper maintenance.

This statistic recently hit close to home when brake failure was named as the cause of a deadly Tennessee bus accident last week. Reports indicate the crash happened on the north side of Knoxville on July 17.

According to an article from The Brazil Times, the bus was carrying a church group that had just finished volunteering when the brakes failed as the vehicle approached an intersection. This caused the bus to enter the crossing on a red light where it then struck two other vehicles, killing one occupant and leaving several others seriously injured.

It’s important to remember that strict federal regulations are in place to prevent these types of crashes from occurring. That’s why it’s important to have a qualified Tennessee personal injury attorney by your side if you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving a tractor-trailer or passenger bus.

At Ponce Law, we understand how devastating crashes with commercial vehicles can be, which is why we would like to send our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim. The firm would also like to wish those who were injured a speedy and full recovery.

New Tennessee Law May Increase the Number of Accidents at Intersections

by Keith Adkins | July 21st, 2014

Data shows that Tennessee has seen an upward trend in the number of serious car accidents in recent years. One of the major causes for these accidents is motorists failing to yield to traffic signals at intersections. In fact, the Tennessee Department of Safety reports there were almost 40,000 Tennessee car accidents recorded at intersections in 2008. Davidson County had the highest number of intersectional crashes with 6,026 accidents at road crossings.

Despite these numbers, Tennessee legislators recently passed a law that could significantly increase the chances of motorists being involved in car accidents. According to an article from The Tennessean, the law—which took effect on July 1—allows motorists to pass through a yellow light at an intersection as long as their front tires cross the stop line before the light turns red.

Many citizens believe the change in the law may encourage drivers to engage in dangerous behavior by attempting to get through traffic signals before lights change to red.

The Nashville personal injury attorneys with Ponce Law remind drivers that although traveling through yellow lights is legal under the law, it may not always be safe to proceed. That’s why we encourage motorists to do their part by stopping at signals when lights turn yellow.

Jury Awards $3.25 Million in Tennessee Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Keith Adkins | July 18th, 2014

Doctors and medical staff in the United States have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of their patients at all times. Any failure to do so that results in a patient’s death could lead to the family of the victim seeking compensation for their losses through civil litigation.

Such a Tennessee Wrongful Death Lawsuit was successfully filed against a Knoxville hospital and its staff after a patient died as the result of negligent care. Reports indicate the family of the victim was awarded $3.25 million.

According to WATE 6 News, the victim suffered a blow to the head during a fall in her bathroom and went to the emergency room to be examined for a concussion. While tests showed she had not sustained a traumatic brain injury, medical staff determined the patient should stay overnight to be treated for dehydration.

As time went on, the victim’s condition continued to deteriorate, yet medical staff refused to call a doctor to examine her further—citing that no doctors were on call. The patient collapsed and died a short time later.

The girl’s family later filed a Tennessee wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital and the staff that treated her, claiming their negligence was directly responsible for their loss, and a jury agreed.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers know how difficult it can be to lose a loved one, which is why we are hopeful the decision that was reached in this case brings a sense of closure to the family of the young woman who tragically lost her life.

Tennessee Swimming Pool Accident Raises Awareness of Water Safety

by Keith Adkins | July 16th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the risk of drowning is a serious safety hazard for children in the United States today, with as many as two children dying every day as the result of drownings. A majority of these incidents occur in swimming pools.

These hazards hit home this month in Middle Tennessee when a 6-year-old boy was struggling to hold onto his life after a Goodlettsville swimming pool accident. Reports indicate the incident occurred on the afternoon of Friday, July 11.

An article from News Channel 5 states the victim was part of a group of children swimming in the pool as part of a summer camp program. Adults who were supervising the children said they had been in the pool for around five minutes when they noticed the child at the bottom of the pool.

He was pulled to safety and CPR was administered immediately, but the child has been comatose since the accident. Now, the victim’s family is unsure if he will fully recuperate from his injuries.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law would like to send their thoughts to the victim and his family as he continues to recover from this tragic accident. The firm would also like to remind you to take extra precautions around the pool by:

  • Learning to swim or teaching others to swim.
  • Always swimming with supervision.
  • Taking extra precautions to secure pool areas when not in use.

Three Ways to Prevent Accidents at Railroad Crossings

by Keith Adkins | July 14th, 2014

Railroads have transported people and products across the United States for nearly two centuries. But as the number of vehicles on the road has grown, so have the number of collisions between trains and motor vehicles.

The Department of Transportation shows that between Jan. 2013 and today, there have been 27 collisions between trains and motor vehicles in Tennessee. One of the more recent occurred in Bellevue on a set of tracks crossing McCrory Lane and Highway 70.

The Nashville train accident happened when a vehicle carrying a group of local teens began to cross the tracks but failed to recognize an oncoming train. A woman was also injured in a similar incident at the crossing just weeks before.

An article from News Channel 5 says to help prevent accidents at rail crossings, several upgrades are being implemented. These improvements include new lights, crossing arms, and a turn lane at the intersection.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law would like to remind you of several other actions you can take to reduce accidents involving trains, such as:

  • Stopping-You should bring your vehicle to a halt before crossing any train tracks, even if there are no signals of an oncoming train.
  • Looking- After the vehicle has stopped, look down the tracks in both directions to ensure there are no trains.
  • Listening- Rolling down your windows and turning down the stereo or other loud noises in the vehicle will help you to hear an oncoming train before you can see it.

We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe at railroad crossings.

Changes Made to Tennessee Workplace Discrimination Law

by Keith Adkins | July 11th, 2014

The law prohibits employers from unfairly treating or terminating employees based on factors such as religion, sex, race, or sexual orientation. Violations of these laws can result in lawsuits against employers.

In the past, an employee who faced Tennessee workplace discrimination could seek both compensatory and punitive damages by filing a lawsuit. However, there have been several changes made to Tennessee state law that limit the awards that can now be received by employees who face discrimination at work.

An article from Mondaq explains that on July 1, reforms were made to the Tennessee Human Rights Act and the Tennessee Public Protection Act. These changes limit the amount of compensatory damages employees can receive for damages like emotional distress or humiliation. Furthermore, employers that discriminate no longer face the threat of punitive damages.

The standards for proof for whistleblower cases in the state have also been altered. Now, a whistleblower must make a complaint about their mistreatment to a person outside of the company. They must also prove their claims of illegal activity are the reason for their termination or mistreatment at the workplace.

At Ponce Law, we understand the intricacies of employment law in Tennessee, and we are here to answer any questions you may have about employment disputes. Call our team of Nashville personal injury lawyers today.

Charity of the Month: Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

by Keith Adkins | July 9th, 2014

Hunger isn’t a problem that just affects third world countries. In fact, there are millions of people in the United States who will go without a meal today—many of whom live in Middle Tennessee. The organization Feeding America says that one in four children in our state are food insecure.

Luckily, there are groups like the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee who can help combat hunger. The organization was launched in 1978 and has since served approximately 20 million meals to those in need here in Middle Tennessee.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law are working to help Second Harvest achieve their goals by naming them as our “Charity of the Month”. That means for each new and unique “Like” our Facebook page receives throughout the month of July, we will donate $1 to the cause of fighting hunger.

If you wish to do more to help, there are ways! Second Harvest accepts monetary donations through their website. You can also set up an opportunity to volunteer your time sorting food items or serving meals through the organization’s website as well.

At Ponce Law, we believe in helping others in the communities we serve and encourage you to stay up to date with what we are doing to give back by taking a look at the community and news page on our website.

 

Group Works to Protect Children From Dog Bite Injuries

by Keith Adkins | July 7th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year, approximately 4.5 million Americans will suffer dog bite injuries. Children are the most common victims of dog attacks, accounting for more than half of all dog bite victims requiring medical attention.

Studies show that one hour of instruction on safe dog handling can reduce the chances of bites and injuries by as much as 80 percent. This is why one organization is working to teach children to avoid being Tennessee bog bite injury victims through instruction on proper dog-handling and safety techniques.

An article from WBBJ 7 News states the event took place on July 2 at the Jackson-Madison County Library.

The event was put on by the Tennessee Safety Spotters, an organization that uses deaf Dalmatians to teach children how to properly approach and interact with canines. Izzie, one of the group’s dogs, worked to help teach children the importance of asking permission before approaching a strange dog, along with how to safely pet canines under the chin and possibly on the body.

The group does approximately 10 presentations per month, so look out for the Safety Spotters in your area.

At Ponce Law, we know questions may come up after suffering a dog bite injury you are unable to answer. Our team of Nashville personal injury attorneys have helped dog bite injury victims in the past and may be able to help clarify the concerns you have. So call us today to discuss your potential rights to compensation.

 

 

4 Ways To Prevent A Nashville Pedestrian Accident This 4th of July

by Keith Adkins | July 2nd, 2014

With Nashville being one of the most populated metropolitan areas in the state of Tennessee, it comes as no surprise that many citizens choose to travel by foot. While this can be a healthy and economical choice, it can also put pedestrians at a serious risk of involvement in a collision with a motor vehicle. In fact, records show there are dozens injured as the result of a Nashville pedestrian accident each month.

Most recently, a person was hurt while crossing the street at the intersection of Nolensville Pike and Timmons Street at approximately 9:30 p.m. yesterday evening. According to an article from New Channel 5, the accident was the result of a motorist failing to recognize the pedestrian in the street.

As many are preparing to celebrate the 4th of July holiday downtown this coming weekend, the Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law would like to remind motorists and pedestrians alike of the importance of awareness when traveling and are offering these tips to help keep everyone safe:

  • Look Twice- At roadway intersections, both motorists and pedestrians should remember to look in all directions multiple times before attempting to cross in order to ensure no one else is coming.
  • Obey Traffic Signals- Both cars and pedestrians should be reminded to follow the directions of signage and lights.
  • Eliminate Distractions- Both drivers and those who are walking should put their phones away to avoid accidents caused by simple distractions.
  • Limit Alcohol Consumption- While those who are driving should refrain from drinking at all due to safety concerns and laws prohibiting drinking and driving, pedestrians are put at a greater risk of accidental injury when alcohol is involved. So, please, drink responsibly.

Justice Begins With Caring for Others

by mdp | July 1st, 2014

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At Ponce Law, we serve an amazing community full of people who support each other through life’s ups and downs. We’re proud to be members of this family and we’re eager to do our part to help make it an even better place for our friends and neighbors.

That’s why we are so excited to announce the launch of a new community-centered Charity of the Month program! Each month, we will support one local charity with a pledge to donate $1 for each new like we receive on our Facebook page.

Forever Homes for our Furry Friends

We launched our charity of the month campaign in May with the Humane Society of Sumner County. With a wonderful outpouring from our community, we were able to raise $1,000 for the organization!

“It’s a wonderful idea and such an easy way to support people,” said Sandra Cherry, President of the Humane Society, “We are so grateful for all that Michael and his team does for us, this is just the icing on the cake.”

The organization is deeply loved by Michael Ponce and his family, not only because of the amazing work they do, but because they helped the Ponce family adopt a furry friend of their own. “I’m an animal person through and through,” said Ponce, “There’s something special about a bond with an animal. These little guys need someone to love and to be loved in return. We hope that our support can help find them a home.”

Honored to Support the Scouts

Michael and his two sons are actively involved in Boy Scouts of America, which makes the organization a natural choice for our June Charity of the Month.

Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, and our support can help them in their effort to build character, responsibility, and personal fitness in our youth.

Spread the Love

Do you know of a local charity that could use our support? Send us a message on our Facebook page and let us know!