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Woman charged for hit and run at Morristown bus stop

Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2016   

The Morristown Police Department said last Wednesday, October 26 that they arrested Heather Williams for hitting John Paul Wayne Taylor, 6, as he was getting off the school bus. The incident occurred last Monday, October 24 around 6:05 p.m. at Lincoln Avenue near Kennedy Center.

According to preliminary investigations, Taylor walked around his stopped school bus after getting off when Williams struck him and left the scene of the accident. Taylor went to Morristown Hamblen Hospital for treatment of his injuries of an unknown nature and was back to attending Lincoln Elementary School after four days. Police investigators said Williams admitted she was texting while driving at the time of the incident. She is currently detained at the Hamblen County Jail and was assigned a $70,000 bond.

If you are facing an injury or disability after a personal injury accident caused by the negligent actions of other people in Nashville, seek the legal assistance of our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP by calling our offices today at (615) 277-2765.


Multi-state lawsuits filed against Fiat Chrysler for defective Jeep gear shifts

Posted on Monday, October 10th, 2016   

Five class action lawsuits and two individual personal injury lawsuits were filed across seven states in response to a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration investigation into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Jeep Grand Cherokee’s gear shifters.

Among these plaintiffs are Victor and Irina Yelchin, parents of film and television actor Anton Yelchin, who died on June 19, 2016 in Los Angeles after his Jeep rolled backwards and pinned him against a gate. The incident instantly killed him. The lawsuit was filed in a California state court to be consolidated with the other suits.

According to Judge Sarah Vance, “The actions share complex factual questions arising out of allegations that the monostable electronic gearshift installed in certain vehicles manufactured by FCA US LLC is defective and unreasonably dangerous in that it allegedly fails to provide the driver with an adequate indication of whether the vehicle is in the ‘park’ position and lacks a safety override function that would place the vehicle in ‘park’ automatically when a driver exits the vehicle while it is in another gear.”

If you plan to file a personal injury claim against other drivers, call our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP by dialing (615) 277-2765. We can help you receive compensation from those who should take direct responsibility for what caused your personal injury accident in Nashville.


Motorcycle-SUV collision hurts one

Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016   

A motorcycle and SUV collision that happened on South Church Street near Rutherford Boulevard in Murfreesboro in on Tuesday, September 20 resulted in one individual getting hurt.

According to preliminary investigations, both the motorcycle, which was driven by 27-year-old Shelbyville resident Eliel Guess, and the SUV, were traveling down South Church Street when they collided. Guess was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville to receive medical attention for his critical injuries. He was listed under stable condition on Thursday, September 22. No one else was hurt during the accident, which is still under investigation.

Our Tennessee personal injury lawyers at Pohl & Berk, LLP provide legal services for our clients in Nashville and other areas of Tennessee. We handle personal injury accident cases such as motorcycle accidents, car accidents, and rollover accidents, among others. Call our offices today at (615) 277-2765 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team about the details of your situation today.


Parents file tort claim against Nashville after police chase

Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016   

Kalvyn Johnson-Bey and Carleen Scrogham, parents of 18-year-old Hope, Tennessee resident Xavier Scrogham filed a tort claim for personal injury against the town of Nashville and Nashville police officer Leonard Burch on Friday, September 16. Scrogham was killed after a police chase was started by 25-year-old Burch at 11:36 p.m. on August 29, 2016 on U.S. Route 31.

Burch, who was off-duty at the time of the incident, said Scrogham passed his vehicle on a motorcycle going 120 miles per hour in a 911 cellphone call with Bartholomew County emergency dispatchers. However, the legal counsel for Scrogham’s parents, Trent McCain, said Scrogham “made a mistake” and that “he should not have done what he did.” McCain notes also that Scrogham “was chased by a young man in T-shirts and shorts in a police car for 20 miles out of the officer’s jurisdiction” and that Burch was acting in the capacity of a “power-drunk cowboy” in his pursuit of Scrogham.

Our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP provide legal services for our clients in Nashville and other areas of Tennessee. We handle personal injury accident cases such as auto accidents and wrongful death cases, among others. Call our offices today at (615) 277-2765 to learn more about your legal options.


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.


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.


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.


Putnam County two-vehicle collision kills two, injures four

Posted on Thursday, May 26th, 2016   

Two individuals lost their lives while four others sustained critical injuries during a head-on collision between two vehicles along State Route 136 at Bear Creek Road in Putnam County, Tennessee around 4:30 p.m. last Monday, May 23.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a Honda CR-V crossed the center line of State Route 136 at Bear Creek Road, causing the CR-V to hit a Chevrolet Impala head-on in the northbound lane of the highway. The driver of the Honda was identified as 21-year-old Joshua Burkett, who was killed in the accident. Burkett’s passenger, identified as 26-year-old Kalya Randolph, sustained injuries and was transported to Cookeville Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The Chevrolet’s occupants were identified as 67-year-old David Maynard, his 66-year-old wife Kathleen Maynard, and two of their children – 15-year-old Nikita and 12-year-old Damon. Kathleen Maynard died in the accident, while the rest of her family was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville to receive treatment for their serious injuries.

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