Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 29, 2012
The Tennessee auto accident lawyers at the law firm of Michael D. Ponce & Associates, a law firm comprised of attorneys who represent clients who have been injured in car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents hereby alert the public of a growing statistical trend regarding the number of people who are injured in Tennessee car crashes that involve police officers.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol, the number of people injured in Tennessee car accidents involving civilians and police vehicles has increased from a total of 582 in 2009 to 637 in 2011. In addition, the number of people who were killed in Tennessee car crashes involving a police officer doubled from a total of 2 in 2009 to 4 in 2011.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol also stated that the most common reason for these Tennessee auto accidents involved a driver who was following too closely or a driver misjudging the amount of room he or she had to clear an object. The agency further stated that the majority of these crashes occurred when the police officer who was involved was not responding to an emergency.
Since 2005, Tennessee police officers have been required to obtain annual training. Since that same year, police officers have also been required to have their emergency lights flashing and their sirens sounding when responding to an emergency call. The Tennessee auto accident lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates urge the public to be aware of police officers while they are on the road and to exercise the same defensive caution that they do when sharing the roads with any other motorist.
About Michael D. Ponce & Associates
Michael D. Ponce & Associates, PLLC, whose Web site can be found at the URL of http://www.poncelaw.com, 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.