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4 Amazing Places in Nashville You Didn’t Even Know Existed

by social | September 30th, 2014

Nashville is a tourist city with enough attractions to keep you busy for years. But if you take a moment to look beyond the neon lights and street musicians, you might find a few surprises. Here are a few Nashville sights you may have overlooked.

1. Fort Negley

Nashville played a big role in Civil War history. You can’t travel far in Nashville without finding a sign or memorial attributed to an important battle. But there is one site that is often overlooked, and it’s quite a bit larger than your average roadside sign.

In Feb. 1862, Confederate commanders abandoned Nashville to Union forces, who occupied the city and rapidly began building fortifications for its defense. Fort Negley, was the largest of these fortifications— a star-shaped structure constructed of limestone and located on a hill south of downtown. 

2. The Tennessee State Museum

Speaking of rich history, the Tennessee State Museum holds the mother lode. It’s tucked safely in the bottom floor of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and features everything from mastodon remains to original artifacts dating back to the Civil War.

3. The Night Market

We all love a sunny stroll through the Nashville Farmers’ Market, but did you know you can attend under the stars each month too? Every third Thursday the Nashville Famers’ Market hosts a Night Market with live music!

4. Demonbreun’s Cave

(Photo Credit: atlasobscura.com)

(Photo Credit: atlasobscura.com)

Have you noticed that big hole in the rock of the Cumberland River? That was once the home of Timothy Demonbreun, the “first citizen” of Nashville. He left his wealthy Canadian family to become a fur trader right here in Tennessee. He found that the Cumberland River attracted a great deal of game, so he shacked up in a cave on its banks while he built a home in what is now Nashville.

There are countless reasons to love Nashville, and now you have four more. These places are amazing, and better yet—they’re free! Spend some time getting to know more about the great city we live in.

What You Can Do to Avoid a Nashville Train Accident

by Keith Adkins | September 29th, 2014

Here in Nashville, we depend on trains to move the goods we use everyday. But failing to follow proper safety precautions can lead to serious accidents, like the Nashville train accident that claimed a motorcyclist’s life last week.

According to The Tennessean, the crash happened at a crossing on Hermitage Avenue at around 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Reports indicate the motorcyclist was attempting to cross the tracks when an oncoming train did not have time to stop and the two collided.

The Nashville personal injury attorneys with Ponce Law would like to send their condolences to the family of the motorcyclist who was killed. Several tips you can take to help prevent prevent a train accident while driving or riding include:

  • Stopping- Most railroad crossings are equipped with lights, bells, and cross arms to alert you when a train is coming, but some do not have this technology. That’s why it’s important to take a moment to stop and confirm no trains are on the tracks at every crossing.
  • Looking- Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians should visually confirm that no trains are coming at each stop by looking in both directions at least twice.
  • Listening- Train conductors are required to blow their whistle before each road crossing. Roll down your windows and lower the volume of your stereo so you can hear the whistle blowing.
  • Never Walking on Tracks- Each year, dozens of people die from walking on train tracks. Use sidewalks and roadways instead.

 

Research Shows Possible Additional Xarelto® Side Effects

by Keith Adkins | September 26th, 2014

Research has shown that heart attack and stroke patients who take the anticoagulant drug Xarelto® to prevent blood clots are at an increased risk of suffering severe bleeding. But one new study is showing there could be more Xarelto side effects than previously believed.

JAMA Internal Medicine recently published the results from a case study that shows taking Xarelto could also put users at a risk of suffering a drug-induced liver injury (DILI). According to an article from Monthly Prescribing Reference, researchers examined the cases of two patients who developed severe health conditions after beginning a regimen of the drug. Upon cessation of taking the medication, their health dramatically improved. While both patients were taking medications that could be considered hepatotoxic, researchers are confident the deterioration of the patients’ health was directly related to the use of the anticoagulant.

So what can you do to protect yourself from the risks of a drug injury caused by taking Xarelto? Asking your doctor if the drug is the right fit for you is the first step. If you’ve been harmed as the result of taking Xarelto, it may be wise to discuss your situation with a qualified Nashville personal injury lawyer to ensure your legal rights are protected.

At Ponce Law, we know questions can come up after suffering a drug injury, and we have answers. Call us today at (888) 977-9912 to speak with our legal staff about how we can help you.

NHTSA Releases Tool to Provide Vehicle Recall Information

by Keith Adkins | September 24th, 2014

In the wake of the General Motors recall of millions of vehicles due to faulty ignition switches, the public has become more aware of the dangers posed by defective vehicle parts. But how can you make sure your car, truck, or motorcycle is safe and free of faulty equipment? Luckily, technological advances are making getting such information much easier for consumers.

According to an article from News Channel 5, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created a tool on their website that provides the most current recall information on vehicles. Simply plug in your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and the system will pull any information it has on recalls or warnings that may affect your particular vehicle.

Vehicle manufacturers update the system on a weekly basis. That’s why experts say motorists should not only use the system to regularly check the status of the own vehicle, but also to check any vehicles they are renting or considering purchasing for any problems as well.

Officials say they believe giving the public more access to recall information may help prevent accidents, which in turn could reduce the number of the most common auto accident injuries we see today.

At Ponce Law, we have seen the devastating results an accident caused by faulty vehicle equipment can have. That’s why our Nashville personal injury attorneys encourage you to use the NHTSA’s tool on a consistent basis to ensure your vehicle is safe.

Nashville Car Accident Claims Life of Former Tennessee Titans Kicker, Rob Bironas

by Keith Adkins | September 22nd, 2014

Many in Middle Tennessee were devastated to learn former Tennessee Titan, Rob Bironas, died over the weekend as the result of a Nashville car accident. Reports indicate the crash happened at around 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, on Battery Lane.

News Channel 5 reports Bironas was behind the wheel of a GMC Yukon Denali when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in the road, left the roadway, and crashed into the tree line. The impact caused the SUV to roll several times before it came to a halt in a ditch. Bironas, the single victim in the crash, was transported to a local hospital, but was declared dead upon arrival.

Bironas had been the kicker for the Titans over the past nine seasons and was a cornerstone in many of the program’s accomplishments through the years. He accumulated 1,032 points during his time with the team, in addition to leading the league in field goals during the 2007 season.

Bironas was also known for his philanthropy here in town, having created the Rob Bironas Fund to provide music programs in schools for Tennessee children.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers know how difficult it can be to lose a loved one, which is why we would like to send our deepest sympathies to the Bironas family. We know that Rob’s talent and community-minded nature will be sorely missed.

Toy Run and Party Benefiting Needy Families in Clarksville This Weekend

by Keith Adkins | September 19th, 2014

Helping people in our community is something the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law take seriously. That’s why we would like to tell you about an event taking place this weekend that will benefit underprivileged children here in Middle Tennessee.

The 33rd Annual Leslie W. Watson Memorial Toy Run and Benefit Party will kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Clarksville Speedway. Registration begins an hour prior to the ride, which will make its way to the Governor’s Square Mall. A concert will be held at the conclusion of the ride that will feature the acts Moccasin Creek and the Jeff Vaughn Band.

The Leaf-Chronicle explains the cost to participate in the ride is one new and unwrapped children’s toy or a monetary donation from each participant. The toys will be distributed to families in need this Christmas.

The weekend’s events are being put on by the organization Bikers Who Care.

The legal team at Ponce Law would like to recognize the efforts being made to support needy families in our community. We would also like to remind those attending these events to ride safe to help avoid Tennessee motorcycle accidents.

One Arrest Made in the Wake of the 2012 Tennessee Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

by Keith Adkins | September 17th, 2014

In 2012, a Fungal Meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid injections was responsible for claiming dozens of lives and leaving hundreds of others ill. Now, it seems progress is being made in criminally prosecuting those responsible for creating the contaminated drugs.

According to WKRN 2 News, the pharmacist responsible for creating the contaminated steroid injections that were manufactured at the New England Compounding Center has been arrested as he was preparing to board a flight for Hong Kong. Federal officials claim the 46-year-old man was responsible for fraudulently maintaining sanitation logs and failing to practice standard sanitation practices while mixing medications. The man is currently facing one count of mail fraud, but could face more charges later.

While criminal prosecution may be satisfying to many victims, it can’t pay them back for the damages caused by the outbreak.

However, the civil justice system allows people affected by acts of negligence like this one to seek compensation for their damages. If you’ve been harmed by the negligence of another, our Tennessee personal injury lawyers are here to help you. Call Ponce Law today at (888) 977-9912 to learn more about what we can do for you.

How Tennessee Law Affects Work Comp Claims and Employment Disputes

by Keith Adkins | 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 (888) 977-9912 to learn more about how we can help you.

Highway Patrol Hopes to Reduce Tennessee Truck Accidents Involving Teens Through New Simulator

by Keith Adkins | 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.

Tennessee Truck Accident Caused by Driver’s Failure to Stop

by Keith Adkins | 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 (888) 977-9912 to speak with our legal team today.