The Tennessee Auto Accident Lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates Alert the Public to a Tennessee Attorney General’s Opinion Statement Regarding Senior Drivers

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The Tennessee auto accident attorneys at the law firm of Michael D. Ponce & Associates, whose law firm Web site URL can be found at, hereby alert the public to a recent opinion published by the Tennessee Attorney General regarding whether stricter testing and restrictive laws regarding senior drivers in the state would be Constitutional. The opinion stated that these laws would generally be acceptable under the guidelines of the Constitution.

The Tennessee auto accident lawyers at the law firm of Michael D. Ponce & Associates hereby alerts the public of a recent opinion published by the Office of the Attorney General of Tennessee that answered questions regarding the permissibility of passing state laws that would tighten restrictions and regulations regarding senior drivers in the state. The opinion of the Attorney General stated that laws that dealt with additional testing and potential methods for removing driving privileges would be Constitutional and therefore permissible.

Specifically, the Attorney General Opinion cited as Opinion Number 11-80 and published on December 5, 2011, answered five questions regarding whether or not laws that could be passed that dealt with mandating periodic driving exams for senior drivers, modifying these driving tests for senior drivers, requiring a retest of driving skills in the event of an accident or by request of a family member and allowing physicians to report medical information that would make a senior a potential danger behind the wheel.

The Attorney General answered that these laws and these procedures would be Constitutional in nature in his opinion and that these laws could be enacted to promote public safety and in an attempt to lower the number of Tennessee car accidents that occur on an annual basis. While such an opinion is not necessarily legally binding, it was published in an attempt to clarify the legal position of the Attorney General’s Office.

Overall, approximately 1,000 people overall are killed in Tennessee car accidents, and more than 50,000 others are injured. These statistics are also kept by the State of Tennessee and include Tennessee car accidents that occur for any and all reasons and those Tennessee car accidents that involve drivers of all ages.

About Michael D. Ponce & Associates

Michael D. Ponce & Associates, PLLC, whose Web site can be found at the URL of, is a law firm comprised of Tennessee personal injury lawyers who have been handling cases on behalf of clients in legal matters including personal injury and negligence, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, pedestrian accidents, DUI accidents, premises liability, swimming pool accidents, dog bite injuries, bed bug cases, wrongful death and social security disability matters.


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