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Electric vehicles required to make noise to protect pedestrians

On November 14, federal automobile safety regulators issued a new ruling requiring electric compact vehicles to have a sound device to alert pedestrians that they are travelling, an article of the NHTSA reported.

The new requirement, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is expected to especially help pedestrians who are blind or visually impaired. Blind pedestrians and those with poor vision can more easily detect approaching or moving electric vehicles when they have a similar audible sound to fuel-powered counterparts. This new requirement also covers hybrid vehicles. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx stressed the importance of requiring quiet vehicles to have a sounding device because pedestrians heavily depend on their senses while on the road. Automakers are given until September 2019 to equip their electric and hybrid vehicles with sound devices.

Many pedestrians, unfortunately, have to deal with permanent disabilities after vehicles strike them on the road. However, if you were the victim of a pedestrian accident, enlisting a skilled personal injury attorney is important to help you obtain compensations from negligent parties. Call a Nashville attorney at Pohl & Berk, LLP today at (615) 277-2765 to pursue damage claims against reckless drivers.

Tennessee authorities warn drivers to stop playing “Pokemon Go” while on the road

Authorities in Tennessee recently warned motorists not to play the mobile-based hit game “Pokemon Go” while behind the wheel to prevent them from being involved in accidents, an article of Transport Topics stated on July 11.

Using the hashtags #PokemonGo and #justdrive the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (TNHSO) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on July 9 posted a message on Twitter reminding people to stay safe only days after the release of the game. Using GPS-enabled smartphones, players go out to different places to possibly catch a Pokemon character. Safety precaution was issued after reports revealed that some players went to great lengths for them to catch a pocket monster. “Wait. Park. Then, #PokemonGo! Do NOT use mobile app devices while driving. #PikachuCanWait #HepingYouArrive,” a Tweet from the official Twitter of the TNHSO said.

The Nashville attorneys of the Pohl & Berk, LLP strongly believe that many families are at risk of suffering serious injuries in accidents as a result of distracted driving. If this happens to you or to a loved one, however, we may offer you legal assistance to pursue damage claims against negligent parties. Find out how we may possibly help you recover your loss today by calling (615) 277-2765.

Driver hurt in Nashville rollover crash

A female driver was recently hospitalized in Nashville area after a one-vehicle accident, an article from News Channel 5 reported.

According to reports, the woman was driving northbound at around 3 a.m. when her vehicle flipped. Authorities were unsure as to the cause of the crash at the time of the report. No other people or vehicles were involved in the accident that took place just past Interstate 65. The victim, whose identity was withheld, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The east portion of Trinity Lane was momentarily closed as authorities conducted their investigations.

Being injured in a rollover accident can be frightening and stressful, but it is important to work with a lawyer when building your case – especially if you suspect that your injuries may have been caused by a defective vehicle. Find out how the Nashville legal team of Pohl & Berk, LLP, may possibly help you get your needed treatment funds today by calling 615-277-2765.

Driver facing charge for injuring child in Nashville accident

A driver who was involved in an August 21 south Nashville accident that injured a toddler has been charged, an article from wsmv.com reported.

Information coming from the Metro PD revealed that at 7:45 a.m. an 8-year-old male student at Tusculum Elementary was struck by a vehicle driven by Leticia Hernandez-Morales. Authorities said the boy was in in the lane on Packard Drive when he was struck.  The boy- whose name was withheld- is reportedly in stable condition after he was admitted to a children’s hospital for his non-life threatening injuries. According to police, Morales was charged for driving a vehicle without a license.

If your child had been injured in a car accident, working with a lawyer is important, especially if you need financial assistance for hospitalizations. Call the Nashville lawyers at Pohl & Berk, LLP today at 615-277-2765 to find out how we may help you pursue damage claims from negligent parties.

Little Richard involved in Murfreesboro car crash

Rock-and-roller Little Richard was uninjured after his vehicle got involved in an accident in Murfreesboro, an article of USA Today reported on August 28.

According to reports, the 81-year-old musician and three other occupants were on South Church Street August 25 when his Cadillac SUV was struck by another vehicle pulling out from a parking lot. Richard was not driving at the time. Though no one was reportedly injured, both vehicles sustained significant damage. Authorities later charged the driver of the other vehicle, identified as Shanda Hoosier, with failure to yield to the right of way.

Fortunately no one was hurt in the recent vehicular accident. However, if you have been injured in car accident caused by reckless drivers in Nashville, the attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP may work for you. Find out how our lawyers can possibly help you get your much needed treatment or vehicle repair funds from negligent parties today by calling 615-277-2765.

Who is financially liable for a car accident caused by a road defect?

Depending upon where the accident occurred, it is likely that a local municipality or construction company may be held financially liable for any resulting damages. As such, if the accident occurred on a public road, the local municipality may likely be held responsible; whereas, if the accident occurred in a construction zone, it may be the construction company’s responsibility to maintain the safety of the road. However, without knowing the specific details of an accident, it is exceedingly difficult to determine who exactly may be held financially liable for a car accident. For instance, if the road defect was on a privately maintained roadway, it may be the property owners responsibility to maintain the safety of his or her property.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Pohl & Berk, LLP can help you determine who exactly may be financially  responsible for your car accident if it resulted from a road defect.  To speak with one of our lawyers today, please call 615-277-2765.

U.S. athlete Torrin Lawrence killed in accident

U.S. athlete Torrin Lawrence was killed in a late-night vehicular accident as he traveled through Georgia, a New York Times article reported on July 28.

According to Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock, the incident happened on Interstate 75 just after 1:00 a.m. Lawrence, 25, was on his way home to Jacksonville, Florida when one of his tires popped. Lawrence apparently exited his vehicle to make a phone call when a huge truck appeared and struck his vehicle. Lawrence was fatally struck by his own vehicle after the collision. Lawrence was a 400-meter runner, often in relays, for Team USA. Just this month, Lawrence clocked his personal best outdoor time for the 400 meters at a meet in Belgium.

The attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, are deeply sorry this incident occurred. Our legal team extends its sincere condolences to the friends and family suffering during this difficult time.

Man arrested in Goodlettsville DUI hit-and-run crash

An intoxicated driver was recently arrested by Goodlettsville Police after crashing into another vehicle, News Channel 5 reported on Thursday, July 10.

Reports said the two-vehicle crash happened on July 8th when a vehicle driven by Michael Dixon, 52, struck another vehicle. Dixon, who fled the accident scene, reportedly came back and attempted to attack a woman who was in the vehicle. Responding police arrested Dixon after observing that he showed signs of heavy intoxication. Though no one was hurt in the accident, the vehicle of the woman who was not named sustained damages. After the arrest, authorities learned that Dixon had six prior DUI arrests.

Fortunately no one was hurt in this incident, but unfortunately, devastating accidents involving drunk drivers happen every day across Tennessee. If you or someone you love has been injured because of a drunk driver’s careless actions, there is help available to you. Find out how the Nashville car accident lawyers at Pohl & Berk, LLP, may be able to help you pursue a damage claim against the responsible party today by calling 615-277-2765.

Charges in process for a car accident that killed bicyclist

The pickup driver who broadsided a bicyclist last month will be charged after the victim died due to serious injuries, Times News reported on June 3.

Charges are being prepared against Stephen Trent by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Reports said the 20-year-old pickup driver was heading westbound at East Main Street when he ran into Herschell Lawson, 78, who was also traveling westbound on his bicycle. Lawson reportedly hit the pavement after he was struck by the vehicle. Lawson died at Holston Valley Medical Center on May 25.

Unfortunately in Nashville alone, the lawyers at Pohl & Berk, LLP, understand that hundreds of bicyclists are injured or killed in road accidents every year, causing the families of victims to struggle emotionally and financially from the sudden loss. If you lost a loved one due to someone else’s recklessness, our lawyers may possibly represent you to win your much needed remunerations to cover your loss. Discuss your situation with us today by calling 615-277-2765, and learn more of your options

Nashville roads unsafe for pedestrians

Nashville was recently revealed by a study to be one of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians, an article by the Tennessean stated on May 22.

In the 51 locations they studied, pedestrian and metro design advocacy group Smart Growth America stated that Nashville placed 15th in amount of pedestrian accidents. At least 210 pedestrian deaths were recorded in Nashville between 2003 and 2012. Leslie Meehan of Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization said that the city has delayed constructing design changes to roads that would increase pedestrian safety. Meehan stressed the need for road improvements due to the growing popularity of biking and walking around the metro.

Unfortunately, pedestrians who were struck by vehicles on the road often sustain serious injuries that result in expensive medical treatment. If you experience this in Nashville, the lawyers at Pohl & Berk, LLP, may help you hold negligent parties liable for your injuries, and you may be entitled to receive the financial aid you need for treatment. Tell us your story today at (615) 277-2765, and learn how we may help you.

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