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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.


21-year-old drives his SUV the wrong way in Knoxville

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016   

Rachel Trent posted on Facebook on Thursday, July 21 that her father lost his life to the game Pokemon Go when a 21-year-old who was playing this game drove down the wrong side of I-40 near downtown Knoxville. The accident occurred on Wednesday, July 20, and involved a collision with a semi-truck driven by 67-year-old Evington resident Carroll Trent.

According to the post, the wrong-way driver “drove down this wrong side of the interstate, colliding with my Dad’s semi and in turn caused his truck to explode, incinerating it to the ground!” The girl urged the players of the game to be responsible and not use a motor vehicle while playing. However, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel, police authorities are still investigating the factors in the accident and are not sure if Pokemon Go contributed to the accident. Although Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said alcohol or drugs appeared not to be a factor in the accident.

The attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP are saddened to hear of this accident. Our condolences are with the family of the victim as they mourn their loss.


Tesla crash focuses on autonomous car concerns

Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2016   

Over 2,500 individuals lose their lives every month in traffic accidents in the United States. However, the widely covered accident involving the death of an occupant in an autopilot vehicle is the one that made the news. The accident, in which the car crashed into an 18-wheeler, spotlights concerns regarding the future of self-driving cars and auto insurance.

The Palo Alto automotive company Tesla Motors created a new autopilot feature that is touted as the next step towards collision avoidance. Unfortunately, this promise was absent when one such vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer in Florida on May 7, 2016. This incident gave a glimpse into the uncertainty that surrounds the new self-driving technology introduced in approximately 70,000 Tesla automobiles. Such technology is also utilized by Google in 24 Lexus SUV’s and 34 other cars.

Attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP will hold other motorists or manufacturers responsible for your personal injury accident. Drivers must be accountable for the consequences of their negligent or reckless actions. Call our Nashville, Tennessee offices today at 615-277-2765 to learn more.


Two-truck collision kills one

Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016   

Two separate vehicular crashes along Interstate 75 North at Exit 11 in Ooltewah in Hamilton County near Chattanooga, Tennessee on Wednesday, June 29 resulted in critical injuries for the people involved in the first accident and a death for one of the people involved in the second accident. Sergeant Alan Bailey said the first accident involved multiple vehicles which resulted in one of the people involved incurring critical injuries. The second vehicular accident involved two tractor-trailers.

Eyewitness Tarnjit Malhans, who was driving his truck towards Canada when the two-truck collision happened, said one of the drivers of the truck tried to stop his vehicle but wasn’t able to, thus causing the crash.

The lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP extend their deepest condolences to the victims’ family and friends.


Man facing vehicular homicide charges in Tennessee being sued by his passenger

Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016   

Charity Pennington, the passenger in the vehicle that Laurel, Tennessee resident Benjamin Brewer had been driving when he caused a nine-vehicle collision last year, filed a lawsuit against Brewer in Laurel Circuit Court on Friday, June 24.

Nine vehicles comprised the pileup on June 25, 2015 when Brewer’s semi-truck plowed through stalled traffic along Interstate 75’s Exit 11 in Ooltewah, outside Chattanooga.

Pennington also sued Lancer Insurance Co., which provided personal injury coverage for the vehicle, and Richmond, Virginia-based Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co., which according to the lawsuit, owes Pennington “for all medical expenses” and “for all injuries and damages she received in the automobile collision”.

The lawsuit also stated that not only did Pennington incur medical expenses for present debilitation, but that she would need long-term rehabilitation in the coming years for her serious injuries.

Brewer was indicted by a Hamilton County jury for the nine-vehicle collision and was placed on Tennessee’s Most Wanted List after he proved elusive to the authorities. Brewer and Pennington were arrested by Tennessee officials in a parking lot at a Fayette County mall in August 2015. Pennington was also taken into custody after police found $3,097 in cash with her.

If you are faced with an injury or illness or have suffered from harm as a result of a personal injury accident in the state of Tennessee that happened due to the negligent actions of other people and you are afraid of the repercussions of this event in your life, do not fret. Our personal injury lawyers at Pohl & Berk, LLP will do our best to ensure that you are given justice. Call our offices today at 615-277-2765.


Volkswagen to pay over $14 billion to settle emissions scandal

Posted on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016   

One of the largest consumer class action settlements in United States history is currently underway after it was uncovered that automaker Volkswagen programmed some of its diesel cars to cheat on emissions test. The scandal affects 11 million vehicles worldwide. The company has agreed to pay $14.7 billion to settle claims in the US, which only covers a fraction of the 11 million vehicles that have been confirmed to be involved.

In accordance with the Clean Air Act, automobiles are not permitted to emit a certain amount of common air pollutants because of the harmful effects they subject to both human health and the environment. The Volkswagen vehicles involved were found to be spewing nitrogen oxides at up to 40 times the levels that are permitted by law. The company circumvented this legal limit by fitting the pollution controls systems in their cars with illegal software that enabled the cars to pass emissions tests, but exceed legal pollution limits while on the road.

Volkswagen has been subject to a $10.3 billion dollar buy back of all affected cars at their pre-scandal values coupled with cash compensation for all of the vehicle owners. They must also pay $2.7 billion to an E.P.A fund for environmental impact compensation as well as another $2 billion on new cleaner vehicle projects. Aside from this, the company also still faces criminal investigation by the Department of Justice and attorneys general in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the District of Puerto Rico, with a pending settlement of $500 million in penalties for defrauding consumers.


Several injured in Tennessee accidents

Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016   

Multiple individuals sustained serious injuries along Middle Tennessee interstates following multiple car accidents on Saturday, June 18.

The first accident occurred near the Fesslers Lane exit off I-40 West around 2:45 a.m. A car flipped over along the highway, causing non-life-threatening injuries to the driver and child passenger. Investigators said weather disturbances may have played a part in the crash.

The second accident happened when a car that was traveling on the I-24 West Harding Pike exit hit the median, crossed through all four lanes of traffic, and finally crashed into a guardrail around 4 a.m. At least one person was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for critical injuries.

The attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP provide legal services for our clients in Nashville and other areas of Tennessee. We have been fighting for years to protect those harmed in personal injury accidents. To learn more about the services that we offer and to discuss your case, call our offices at 615-277-2765.


Murfreesboro four-vehicle collision kills one

Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2016   

A four-vehicle collision on Monday, May 30 at the intersection of Highway 99 (New Salem Highway) and Veterans Parkway in Murfreesboro resulted in the death of one individual.

According to a Murfreesboro police report, the accident involved a white Griffy Trucking dump truck, a white Toyota Highlander, a white Volkswagen Jetta, and a blue Dodge Ram truck. The victim was identified as 45-year-old Rockvale resident William Holloman, who was driving the blue Dodge Ram truck. Holloman was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville via helicopter, but eventually succumbed to his injuries while confined at the hospital. The Murfreesboro Fatal Accident Crash Team is currently conducting an investigation into the matter to find out who or what caused the accident.

The attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP understand the painful reality of unexpected accidents and know how difficult it is for communities to recover from such tragedies. Our condolences are with the victim’s family as they mourn the loss of a loved one.


Defective Takata airbags still being installed in new cars

Posted on Friday, June 3rd, 2016   

Despite the fact that they will need to be recalled eventually, there are at least four carmakers—Volkswagen, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Fiat Chrysler—that will continue to install defective Takata airbags into new vehicles, according to a report released by a Senate Commerce Committee.  As reported by The New York Times, the report indicates that some vehicles that have been recalled for their defective airbags have been receiving airbags that are defective and which will need to be subject to another recall down the line.

As of now, regulators do not require automakers to tell people who buy new cars that they their vehicle has been equipped with a defective Takata airbag.  Since these airbags are not thought to pose an immediate threat—they only become defective after a certain period of time—regulators have allowed the continued use of Takata airbags in new and recalled vehicles. However, these newly-installed Takata airbags will still need to be recalled at a later date.

Considering that 60 million vehicles have already been recalled to fix the defective airbags, Karl Brauer, a senior analyst for Kelly Blue Book, noted that it has been difficult for automakers to find alternate airbag suppliers.  Nonetheless, Brauer believes that regulators should require carmakers to at least disclose which models have been installed with a defective airbag that will eventually need to be replaced.

When it does come time to begin recalling these newly-installed airbags, automakers will begin contacting owners in the first quarter of 2017 so that their airbags may be replaced with a non-Takata inflator.

 

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