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Both drivers killed in Highland Township head-on collision

Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015   

Both drivers were killed in a head-on crash between a car and a pickup truck at around 8 a.m. in Highland Township, the 9&10 News reported on April 27.

The accident occurred on the M-115 near 22 mile road when a car swerved across the center line and crashed into a red pickup truck. The local police department will continue to piece together the events to determine more comprehensively what happened.

Police officials have yet to ascertain the identity of one of the drivers who perished in the traffic accident, although the Nissan the person drove had Tennessee license plates. The other driver was identified as an individual from Bay City.

Sergeant Scott Bates said the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department is prepared to deploy additional patrols during high travel times, like Memorial Day, to ensure that there will be adequate responses to vehicular accidents. The M-115 in particular is one of the most traveled roads in the area.

Man dies in four-vehicle accident on the Beltline Overpass

Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2015   

The Paducah Police Department in Kentucky has reported that 41-year-old local Jose Posadas has lost his life on Monday, March 16 at a Nashville, Tennessee hospital after being involved in a four-vehicle accident on the Beltline Overpass.

According to preliminary investigations of police and eyewitness accounts, Posadas was heading west on the Beltline Overpass and had been weaving in and out of the centerline in his van when he collided with an oncoming Jeep Wrangler. A pickup truck then crashed into a sport utility vehicle after trying to avoid the collision between Posadas’ van and the Jeep Wrangler; the truck came to rest on top of the SUV.

Those involved were rushed to a local hospital. Posadas died in the accident. The conditions of those driving the Jeep Wrangler and the SUV have not been released. The fourth driver, who had been operating the pickup, was not harmed in the incident.

Tennessee Dept. of Transportation uses quips to warn drivers

Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2014   

Tennessee drivers were given a small request by officials from the state Department of Transportation: “Keep your eyes on the road and your head out of your apps,” the Tennessean reported on November 14.

Around 60 digital interstate designs all over Tennessee display different messages to motorists using the highways, informing drivers about recent accidents, road conditions, and special events that may cause traffic to be congested.

The signs also post driving tips and values such as wearing seat belts, avoiding drinking while driving, and preventing distracted driving.

Some displays, including those that tell of traffic fatalities within the state, sparked debates regarding the appropriateness of the program. The recent figures are usually posted on a Friday, confronting motorists who use the highways for long trips back and forth.

If you have been the victim of a personal injury accident, such as motor vehicle crashes, product defects, or unsafe premises in Tennessee, our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, may be able to fight on your behalf. Call our offices today at 615-277-2765 to begin taking action.

SUV collision with semi-truck killed two teens, injured two

Posted on Monday, November 17th, 2014   

Two teenagers were killed while two others were seriously wounded when the SUV they rode in was struck by an oncoming semi-truck, WKRN-TV Nashville reported on November 3.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the teenagers were headed northbound on Highway 109 when they tried to turn left at the flashing yellow light on the Old State Highway. The driver of the oncoming semi-truck, who was not injured, said it was too sudden for him to stop, and their vehicles collided.

Passengers 16-year-old Austin Osborne and 16-year-old Kayla Perdue were killed instantly upon contact. The 16-year-old driver, Justin Lemmonds Jr., and passenger 17-year-old Caitlyn Taylor were both taken to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

Police authorities concurred with the driver of the semi-truck that the accident appeared to be unavoidable.

All four students were part of the Portland High School bowling team, and the school is currently grieving the deceased.

Nashville minivan-pickup truck collision injures two

Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014   

Both drivers were injured when a minivan and pickup truck collided on Hamilton Church Road in south Nashville’s Priest Lake Community, WKRN-TV Nashville reported on November 5.

According to the Metro Police, the minivan and pickup truck collided around 8:15 a.m. when they both swerved into the eastbound lane in a futile attempt to avoid a collision. The drivers of both vehicles were immediately taken to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries, and both are expected to survive.

Witness Cindy Clopton said this accident is one of the many crashes that happened frequently along this stretch of the road, and noted that local officials should do something about the frequency of accidents happening in the area. However, Councilman Robert Duvall said that his office had not received any major complaints about accidents there.

If you were hurt in a car accident in Nashville due to the negligence of other people, such as reckless motorists, manufacturers of defective vehicles, or negligent government bodies who fail to maintain roads, the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, may be able to help. Call our offices at 615-277-2765 today to learn about your options for legal recourse.

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.

Pickup truck driver arrested for intoxicated crash

Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014   

A man was taken into police custody early on June 30 after causing a rollover accident that involved two other vehicles in Madison at around 4 a.m., WKRN-TV Nashville reported.

The man who was later arrested was trying to turn left onto Myatt Drive from State Route 45 when a car traveling the other direction hit the passenger side of the man’s pickup truck. The truck then hit a sport utility vehicle and flipped over. The car that hit the truck was occupied by a female; both she and the truck driver sustained minor injuries, while the SUV driver was unharmed. The truck driver was arrested after he failed the sobriety test given to him by a police officer who responded to the scene.

Car accidents are a major source of serious injuries, and they often lead to expensive medical bills. If you have been injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, call the personal injury attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, by dialing 615-277-2765 today to discuss your legal options.

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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