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Volkswagen to Compensate Dealerships for Lost Value

Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016   

Volkswagen dealerships have been going through a difficult year.

Before the emissions scandal broke out last year, Volkswagen dealerships were growing at a frantic pace. However, since the company admitted to using a device to cheat Federal emissions standards, the value of these dealerships has plummeted. Their inventory cannot be sold as it is, and as a result these dealerships have lost a great deal of their value. Some are worth barely more than the land on which they sit.

To help dealerships survive this engineered disaster, Volkswagen has announced an agreement to pay back dealerships for some of their lost value. Sources say the agreement can amount to as much as $1.2 billion, split among the company’s 650 U.S. dealerships. This amounts to an average of $1.85 million for each dealer, depending on size and inventory. This amount is in addition to the $10 billion the auto manufacturer plans to pay customers whose diesel vehicles were equipped with the emissions defeat device.

Defective products hurt people and the environment every day. If you’ve been injured or otherwise adversely affected by a product defect, call Pohl & Berk, LLP, at (615) 277-2765 to speak with an attorney about your situation.


Family of man who died at water park sues

Posted on Friday, August 19th, 2016   

The children of the 83-year-old Irudayam Yeddanapalli filed a lawsuit against the Pflugerville, Texas-based water park Hawaiian Falls for damages of over $100,000 after Yeddanapalli drowned at the water park in May 2014.

According to the lawsuit, Yeddanapalli was submerged at the bottom of a wading pool for a full two to three minutes before lifeguards came to his rescue. Afterwards, Travis County Emergency Services personnel performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on him, but they were unable to bring him back to consciousness. Scott Hendler, the family’s legal counsel, said: “Had he been pulled out of the pool immediately and administered CPR, he had a 90% chance of survival.”

Take legal action against people who are guilty of reckless, negligent, and irresponsible behavior if their actions cause harm to others. If you were the victim of a personal injury accident in Nashville or another area of Tennessee, get in touch with the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP by calling our offices today at (615) 277-2765.


Airbag Maker May Be Under Fire in Death of Canadian Driver

Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016   

The rupture of an airbag in a low-speed collision in Canada last month resulted in the death of a driver. The malfunction of the airbag, manufactured by ARC Automotive, a Tennessee company, has American regulators investigating the components of the safety device as well as possible explanations for the singular fatality on record for ARC.

In past years, Takata, another manufacturer of airbags, has come under serious scrutiny after their devices resulted in at least 14 deaths and over 100 injuries, prompting the recall of millions of car airbags worldwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is leading the investigation on ARC, claims that the design of Takata’s notoriously dangerous airbags have “significant design differences” from the airbags manufactured by ARC. However, both airbags use ammonium nitrate in their inflators, a compound that breaks down over time and is highly susceptible to environmental variables.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of defective airbags, know that the manufacturers of dangerous products can be held accountable for their negligence.


Nashville two-vehicle accident critically injures one

Posted on Monday, August 8th, 2016   

A two-vehicle accident that happened along Old Hickory Boulevard near Interstate 40 in Nashville critically injured a woman. The woman was identified as a passenger in the vehicle of 51-year-old Robert Weaver, who caused the collision on Friday, August 5 at around 11:30 p.m.

According to preliminary investigations, Weaver exited for Old Hickory Road in his red Ford Explorer and rear-ended another vehicle. He continued driving and proceeded to hit a utility pole at Old Hickory Boulevard and Bell Road. The passenger in Weaver’s vehicle, who was allegedly his girlfriend, sustained critical head injuries and was brought to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Meanwhile, Weaver tried to flee the scene of the accident but was later caught by the authorities. He was charged with eight offenses, including vehicular assault, failure to render aid, and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

If you sustained injuries during a personal injury accident in Nashville or other areas in Tennessee, the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP can help you pursue financial compensation. Call our offices today at (615) 277-2765 to learn more about your options.


Tennessee Highway patrol officer granted request to lower her charge

Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016   

A Sullivan County General Sessions judge in Tennessee last Tuesday, August 2 allowed Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Ashlee Hill’s judicial diversion that would enable her to have the failure to exercise due care conviction in relation to the vehicular accident that she caused on the John B. Dennis Highway in April 2016.

This means that her case would be expunged from her record provided that she pay the $25 fine and is not charged with any new offenses for 30 days after the incident.

Prosecutors did not agree with the judge’s ruling, with Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Emily Hutchins saying, “The offense caused personal injury and property damage, it occurred while she was on duty, and is the second traffic accident caused by Trooper Hill while she was on duty”.

If you are considering hiring a personal injury lawyer to handle your personal injury accident case in Nashville or other areas in Tennessee, look at no other than our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP. Call our offices today at (615) 277-2765.

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