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.
January 26th, 2015
When most Tennessee workers get injured on the job, they have a right to apply for Tennessee workers’ compensation benefits. Too often though, these individuals don’t receive the care they deserve, prompting some researchers to examine what factors can help improve the outcomes of injured workers.
Last year, a team with the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute interviewed 402 workers who suffered on-the-job injuries in 2011. They found two main areas that could help improve the outcomes of these cases.
The first was the amount of trust between the employee and the employer. Many injured Tennessee workers—45 percent to be exact—feared being fired from their jobs after being injured. If this is the case, many workers may fail to report injuries, putting them at risk of serious complications that could further extend their inability to work.
The team also determined that taking a closer look at conditions that accompany injuries—referred to as comorbid conditions—often suffered by workers. Some of the most typically reported comorbid conditions include hypertension and diabetes. Furthermore, almost 30 percent of injured workers reported suffering from more than one comorbid condition.
At Ponce Law, we understand the struggles many disabled workers face and our Nashville personal injury lawyers are hopeful this study helps to improve the quality of care these individuals receive.
January 23rd, 2015
Property owners are held accountable for protecting the health and safety of guests. Too often though, property owners failure to perform maintenance results in individuals being seriously harmed.
Such a Tennessee premises liability issue has come to light after guests of a local Middle Tennessee hotel became ill after swimming in the facility’s pool. Reports indicate there are approximately one dozen victims.
According to an article from ABC 2 News, two groups of children were staying at the Mt. Juliet hotel as part of a birthday celebration. Both groups swam in the pool and the next day, those who entered the body of water began to notice red bumps developing on their skin.
The bumps quickly became painful and filled with fluid, prompting some victims to seek medical treatment. Doctors diagnosed the condition as folliculitis—a bacterial skin infection. The bacteria are prone to be present in swimming pools that are not properly maintained.
The hotel responded to the allegations by saying they had passed all recent safety inspections and denied any wrongdoing in the incident.
When such a Tennessee premises liability dispute arises, the Nashville personal injury attorneys from Ponce Law are here to help. We can be reached at (888) 977-9912 anytime—day or night.
January 21st, 2015
Spring weather will soon be upon us in Tennessee and you can soon expect to see more motorcycles on the road. The Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers with Ponce Law point out that an increase in motorcycle traffic volume correlates with a rise in the number of accidents involving bikes. In fact, 122 motorcyclists lost their lives in 2014, with a majority of those accidents occurring during the spring and summer.
Numbers like these leave many motorcyclists wondering what they can do to stay safe on the road. A few suggestions include:
- Wearing Safety Gear- Most experts agree that wearing a helmet is one of the best ways to protect your health and safety on a motorcycle. Eye protection is also vital to safety.
- Getting Training- A majority of motorcycle accidents involve riders who have never had formal safety training. That’s why we suggest signing up to take a motorcycle safety course before taking your bike out on the road this year. The Tennessee Motorcycle Rider Education program facilitates these courses at different locations across the state throughout the year. Classes are available for all levels of riders. In fact, the organization sponsors Learn To Ride, which is sponsoring an experienced rider safety course this coming Saturday, Jan. 24. There are still four seats available, so sign up now.
- Being Vigilant- Many motorcycle accidents occur because motorists simply don’t see oncoming motorcycles. That’s why motorcyclists should drive defensively, and drivers of other vehicles should look twice before maneuvering into or out of traffic.
Our Nashville personal injury lawyers hope these tips help you to stay safe on the road!
January 19th, 2015
If there’s one thing we know about at Ponce Law, it’s how difficult it can be to recover from car accident injuries—both physically and financially. Luckily for one woman who was seriously injured in a recent car crash, help is available.
Reports from ABC 2 News state that on Dec. 14, 2014, the 27-year-old victim was traveling through Argentina when the car she was riding in was struck head-on by another vehicle. The woman suffered serious head and lung injuries as a result of the crash. Ten days later, she was placed in a medically induced coma and transported to back to Nashville from Argentina via ambulatory airplane. She continues to recover at a local hospital.
As you can imagine, the woman’s medical bills have swelled significantly in the past several weeks, but a concert was held at 12th & Porter in Nashville on Friday to help raise money to cover her treatment costs.
Ponce Law’s team of Goodlettsville car accident lawyers are hopeful the victim can get the help she needs. If you want to contribute, a crowd funding website has been established for her cause. And if you or a loved one needs help after a serious car accident injury, our legal team wants to help—just call (888) 977-9912.
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.
January 14th, 2015
Each year, thousands of Tennesseans are injured or killed in motor vehicle collisions. One of the best ways to protect yourself from car accident injuries is to buckle up, and local police departments are encouraging seatbelt use with a new campaign.
According to The Leaf Chronicle, the Clarksville Police Department (CPD) is currently promoting the 2015 Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) program. The campaign encourages motorists to always buckle up and use child safety and booster seats with children under age 8.
The use of restraint devices in Tennessee is high—87.7 percent of motorists buckled up last year—one of the highest seatbelt usage rates in state history. However, there’s still room for improvement.
That’s why motorists can expect to see officers citing motorists and passengers who don’t buckle up. Last year, the campaign netted more than 32,000 violations. The campaign will continue until July 31, and participating agencies will have a chance to win new vehicles for their department.
The attorneys at Ponce Law recognize the importance of buckling up, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers encourage putting on your seatbelt the moment you sit in a vehicle. We also ask that you require passengers to do the same.
January 12th, 2015
Traffic laws against speeding ensure the safety of all motorists who travel on Tennessee’s roads and highways. However, not all motorists obey these laws, which can lead to accidents —especially when large commercial trucks are involved.
These risks are especially high in the Middle Tennessee area. Data from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office shows Davidson County has the second highest crash rate in the state for accidents caused by speeding. These crashes include Tennessee truck accidents caused by speeding drivers.
Citizens are now turning to the media to help address the problem. WKRN 2 News recently reported residents of Whites Creek have contacted them to complain about delivery trucks speeding in their neighborhood. The claims were substantiated when cameras caught drivers crossing highway divider lines and traveling up to 15 mph more than the posted speed limit.
The delivery company responded by saying their drivers are required to obey the law—a rule some of the drivers have shown they don’t follow.
So, what should you do if you’re ever in a crash with a commercial truck? The Nashville truck accident lawyers with Ponce Law suggest talking to an experienced lawyer.
An attorney can help answer any questions you may have about your accident and has the skills and resources help establish negligence on the truck driver’s behalf.
Ponce law has a team of attorneys standing by to help you—reach out to us anytime for a free case consultation by calling (888) 977-9912.
January 9th, 2015
Transvaginal mesh has been used to support the organs of thousands of women who have undergone certain medical procedures. The problem is that the medical device can erode inside the body, causing some women serious harm—including perforation of internal organs, laceration of body tissues, infection, and severe pain.
These injuries have spurred tens of thousands of transvaginal mesh failure lawsuits across the United States. Many have been consolidated through the court system, which means delays in one case could affect as many as 65,000 women.
According to Injury Lawyer News, a judge overseeing the third transvaginal mesh failure bellwether case recently ordered the trial start date to be delayed until March.
The move came as a shock to many, considering the same judge had issued an order in Aug. 2014 for the trial process to be expedited. The call was made after only a settlement of $1.6 billion had been reached between manufacturers of the faulty medical devices and the victims.
The first bellwether trial ruling in the transvaginal mesh failure cases claimed there was sufficient evidence to support the claim the product was defective. The second ended in a jury awarding $3.27 million to a victim of transvaginal mesh failure.
At Ponce Law, we understand the importance of ensuring all legal processes are followed. That’s why our team of Nashville personal injury lawyers will be following this case closely in the future.