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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.

Negligence may have been responsible in fatal truck accident

Posted on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015   

The co-founder of Nashville cement company Nashville Ready Mix said the company ignored safety protocols, contributing to the fatal truck accident that killed 33-year-old Sergio Lopez, WSMV reported.

A cement truck owned by Nashville Ready Mix crashed into Lopez in March of 2013, resulting in his death. Donald Meadows, the company’s co-founder, claimed in a sworn deposition that the company was fully aware of brake problems in the cement truck before this accident. Despite the known maintenance issues, according to the deposition, the truck driver was told to keep driving.

Truck accidents by nature are incredibly damaging, and it is not uncommon for severe injuries or even death to result. When a truck accident occurs due to the negligent actions of the company that owns it, however, that company should be held fully accountable for its irresponsible actions.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in Nashville, the attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP, can help you determine who was at fault and, subsequently, may assist you in filing a suit against those responsible. Call our offices at 615-277-2765 today.

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.

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.

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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