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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.


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.


Truck driver investigated for accident that killed six in Chattanooga

Posted on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015   

A truck accident occurred in Chattanooga, Tennessee on June 25, resulting in the deaths of six individuals, two of whom were children, according to WDEF News 12.

The accident occurred on Interstate 75 when a commercial truck failed to adjust to slowed traffic due to construction. The truck then crashed into the row of cars in front of it.

Police authorities are conducting an investigation against Benjamin Brewer, the 39-year-old truck driver involved. Brewer reportedly received a citation for a traffic violation just the day before the crash in Chattanooga. Additionally, officers in Rock County in Wisconsin said they have a warrant for Brewer’s arrest due to his attempt to buy medication at a drug store with a fake prescription.

The National Transportation Safety Board, the Chattanooga Police Department, and the state highway patrol are working together to investigate this terrible accident. Lt. John Harmon of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said they are examining data from the truck to establish a timeline of events.


Semi-truck accident in Murfreesboro injures 3

Posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015   

Three people sustained injuries after a semi-truck accident on Interstate 24 in Murfreesboro, the Daily News Journal reported on June 18.

The truck accident happened between mile markers 76 and 80 at around 10:30 p.m., according to the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department. A semi-truck and a pickup truck collided on the highway, and the pickup truck caught fire.

The driver of the pickup truck sustained burn wounds on his face, arms, head, and legs. He had already exited his vehicle by the time emergency medical crews arrived. The driver and passenger of the tractor trailer were brought to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital for the treatment of their minor wounds.

The process of recovering from a truck accident can be long and painful, and it often results in significant medical expenses. Fortunately, the personal injury attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, in Nashville may represent you against the negligent truck driver or truck company that contributed to your injuries. Call us at (615) 277-2765 today to begin taking action.


Woman killed when tractor-trailer crashes into her house

Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014   

Sixty-six-year-old Donelson, Tennessee resident Carol Boo perished during the early morning hours of October 8 after a tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of pumpkins left the highway along McGavock Pike, crashed into her brick house, and wrecked her bedroom, The Tennessean reported on October 8.

The police said Boo had been sleeping in her bed at around 3:30 a.m. when the truck crashed into her bedroom, killing her instantly.

Boo’s husband and her son, who each had been sleeping in other rooms in the house, were not hurt in the incident.

The truck driver, identified as 34-year-old Nashville resident Leonard Wilson, did not appear to be intoxicated or impaired in any way and so was not charged at the scene. However, police authorities noted that his story may not be corroborated by evidence, and he could be charged in the future. Wilson claimed the trailer began wobbling on the road and he lost control of the vehicle.


Truck driver sued after fatal accident

Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014   

A federal lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court in Greeneville for the Eastern District of Tennessee by Jennifer Lawson against the driver and owner of a tractor-trailer rig that allegedly caused a fatal accident in early August, The Rogersville Review reported on August 20.

The lawsuit was filed against driver and Luling, Texas resident Ion Hazapariu and the truck owner, Yes Express Inc./The Blanket Company, for the collision that killed 18-year-old Ashley Nicole Lawson. According to the lawsuit, Hazapariu allegedly attempted to make an illegal left turn in his 2005 Volvo tractor-trailer from the median onto Sneedville Pike, causing the collision with Lawson’s 2000 Daewoo, which was heading north on 11W. The lawsuit also accused Hazapariu of other negligent driving behaviors.

The attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, know that due to their massive size, truck accidents often result in serious injuries or in the worst cases, death. If you or a loved on have been injured in a truck accident, our legal team may help you hold them financially accountable. Call our Nashville offices today at (615) 277-2765 to learn more.


Lawsuit seeks damages for death of 18-year-old

Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014   

A lawsuit has been filed seeking damages in relation to the death of Ashley Lawson, 18, who was killed in a Hawkins County truck accident on August 5, WJHL reported on August 13.

A southbound semi-truck attempted to take a left onto Sneedville Pike, realized the turn was impossible, and tried to turn back. This is when the 60-year-old driver, Ion Hazapariu, hit Lawson’s northbound car head-on. Two of her passengers, including an 8-month-old child, were injured.

The lawsuit demands compensation for physical pain, emotional suffering, medical and funerary expenses, in addition to the potential lifetime wages lost. Both Hazapariu and his employer, Yes Express, Inc., were named on the suit.

The attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, understand the devastation that can result from a truck accident. In addition to physical and emotional suffering, expenses related to injury or funerary costs quickly add up. If you have been injured or a loved one killed in a truck accident in Tennessee, our legal team may help you hold the people responsible accountable for any damages. Call our offices at (615) 277-2765 today to learn more.


Tracy Morgan crash prompts federal regulators to look into trucking regulations

Posted on Sunday, July 27th, 2014   

The accident that sent 45-year-old former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan to the hospital with critical injuries and killed comedian James McNair on June 7, 2014 along the New Jersey Turnpike has prompted renewed scrutiny of federal rules regarding the trucking industry.

While there are many who view recent laws and regulations governing truck drivers’ hours-of-service as important towards improving roadway safety, others, including many trucking companies, argue that these rules will force more truckers to travel during busy daylight hours, which leads to increased roadway congestion and subsequently, a greater likelihood of serious accidents taking place.

Morgan filed a lawsuit against Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. on Thursday, July 12, claiming that the company committee negligence by allowing its employee to get behind the wheel of a truck when the employee was clearly overworked.

Due to their sheer size and weight, truck accidents have the potential to cause devastating injuries and property damage to unsuspecting motorists. If you have been the victim of such an accident, contact the Tennessee truck accident lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP, today by calling (615) 277-2765.


Comedian Tracy Morgan critically injured in truck accident

Posted on Sunday, June 15th, 2014   

Former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan acquired critical injuries after the SUV limousine he was riding in was hit by a tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike on June 7 at around 1 a.m., the Guardian reported.

According to a press statement released by Morgan’s publicist, Lewis Kay, Morgan is in serious condition at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Two others, identified as Ardie Fuqua, Jr. and Morgan’s assistant Jeffrey Millea, were also in critical condition and confined at the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick along with Morgan, according to hospital spokesman Peter Haigney. Comedian Harris Stanton, the fifth passenger in the vehicle, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and was released.

Morgan’s friend and comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair of Peekskill, New York died in the accident.

The attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, understand the devastating emotional impact on families of truck accident victims. If a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, please call (615) 277-2765 to discuss your legal options.

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