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Excessive speed a factor in fatal Nashville crash

Nashville authorities reported that speeding could be a factor in the recent single-vehicle accident that killed one teenager and seriously injured another, an article of The Tennessean reported on December 5.

According to reports, the vehicle occupied by Riath Al-Shawi, 18,  slammed into a brick mailbox on Hopedale Drive at approximately 9:00 at night on December 4. Al-Shawi was transported to a hospital but was pronounced dead the following day. The vehicle’s driver, identified as 21-year-old Zeyad Hussein, was listed in serious condition while being treated at a different hospital. Nashville Police spokesperson, Don Aaron, noted that speeding was a factor in the crash. Al-Shawi and Hussein were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, but intoxicants were not determined to be a factor.

The wrongful death attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP send their sincere condolences to the family and friends who were devastated by the untimely loss of their loved one.

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.

Elderly woman critically injured in Nashville bus accident

An elderly woman in Nashville is in critical condition after a bus struck her while she was crossing the street, an article of WKRN reported on October 28.

Reports said that around 6:40 a.m. a pedestrian accident involving an MTA bus occurred at 400 Charlotte Avenue in the vicinity of the Music City Central terminal. A pedestrian, identified as Vicki Pillow, 64, was reportedly struck by a bus where she was crossing the street. The pedestrian accident occurred after Pillow attempted to cross the road while the stop traffic signal was on and the bus she came from had a green traffic light, police said. People who saw the incident estimated that Pillow was dragged by the bus as long as 50 yards. Authorities are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

In the tough situation that you or a loved one is critically injured in an accident, working with a qualified legal team is an important way for you to obtain the compensations you need for expensive hospital treatments. Discuss your situation with the legal team of Pohl & Berk in Nashville today by calling (615) 277-2765 to learn more about your legal options.

Thousands of potentially faulty Subaru vehicles recalled in the US

Roughly 593,000 units of Subaru vehicles are being recalled due to a defect that could cause serious injuries to occupants, a September 30 report of Fox 6 stated.

Reports revealed that the 2010-2014 models of Outback and Legacy vehicles were equipped with windshield wipers that could catch fire if they emitted too much heat. Subaru explained that overheating of the wiper motors may occur if the wiper arm is blocked by snow from working properly. Subaru and federal regulators were unsure if there are incidents of injuries or crashes involving the recalled vehicles. Subaru dealers will address the problem by offering a free repair and component replacement in the affected vehicles.

The Nashville auto defect lawyers at Pohl & Berk, LLP understand that families are often devastated when they got involved in a car accident. However, if this happens to you or to a loved one, we may be able to offer you legal assistance to help you file a claim against negligent parties. Call our office today at (615) 277-2765 to find out how we can help you recover from your loss.

4 injured in Nashville accident

At least four people suffered injuries after they were involved in a vehicular accident in the southern portion of Nashville, an article of WKRN News 2 reported on September 10.

Reports said the accident happened around 9:00 p.m. on Interstate 24, near the Briley Parkway exit. Police told reports that a two-vehicle accident initially prompted two vehicle passengers to exit their vehicles. While inspecting the damage to their vehicle, an oncoming vehicle struck them and a third person, who went to the scene to provide assistance. Two of the injured people were believed to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities did not release the identities of the persons involved.

If you are injured in a car accident, enlisting a skilled personal injury attorney is critical to help you obtain the compensations you need for a fast recovery. Find out how an attorney at Pohl & Berk, LLP may be able to represent you against negligent parties today by calling (615) 277-2765.

3 injured, 1 arrested in Chattanooga accident

At least three people were injured and another was arrested in Chattanooga after a two-vehicle accident that authorities believed was caused by an intoxicated driver, an article of wdef.com reported on August 14.

According to reports, a vehicle containing three people on Hickory Valley Road was struck by a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Elder Lopez. Lopez, who police believe was speeding and intoxicated while driving, reportedly fled the crash scene and was later apprehended by the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP). The accident took place after Lopez failed to stop at a red traffic light and he was driving on the wrong side of the road. Aside from a DUI, charges of reckless endangerment and fleeing the scene of a car accident were filed against Lopez. The names of the injured persons were not released by authorities.

Car accidents are often catastrophic, especially if drunken drivers are involved. However, if a negligent driver in Nashville caused you harm, the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP may be able to work for you. Call our office today at (615) 277-2765 to find out how we may be able to help you obtain treatment funds from negligent parties.

Man involved in Clarksville motorcycle accident facing charges

A driver who fled the scene after being involved in a recent accident in Clarksville was arrested and charged, an article of News 2 reported.

According to reports, Joseph Karnes, 24, is facing vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an injury accident charges after striking a motorcycle on July 2. Around 5:00 a.m., a Clarksville officer discovered the lifeless body of motorcyclist Jeremy Halstead, 29, near the Cainlo Drive and Tiny Town Road intersection. Halstead was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Authorities were able to arrest Karnes, who was driving a red pickup truck, as the person responsible for the fatal accident. Authorities believe alcohol may have played a role in the crash. Halstead underwent blood testing and authorities are waiting for the results to confirm his sobriety at the time of the accident.

The deepest thoughts of the wrongful death attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP are with the family and friends mourning the sudden loss of their loved one.

3 Doors Down bassist sentenced after fatal collision

The former bass guitar player of the rock band 3 Doors Down was sentenced on December 18 in Nashville to two years in prison, an article of The Tennessean reported.

Reports said Robert Harrell is expected to begin his imprisonment on December 28. Harrell was also sentenced to six years of probation by Judge Mark Fishburn after being involved in an accident that killed vehicle driver Paul Shoulders Jr., 47. Reports said Harrell was driving a vehicle as fast as 101 mph and was under the influence of controlled substances when he struck Shoulders’ vehicle on Interstate 40 on April 19, 2013. Harrell, who was charged with several DUI-related offenses after this collision, entered a guilty plea on December 11.

The 43-year-old musician expressed his apologies to Shoulders’ family members who attended his court appearance. Harrell stated that he realized he had become addicted to prescription medication in 2009 and went to rehabilitation clinics four different times.

Judge Fishburn also ordered Harrell to spend time during his probation visiting schools and speaking to students about the dangers of narcotics.

Nine hurt in Roane County school bus accident

At least nine students were hospitalized with minor injuries after the school bus they were riding in Roane County was involved in an accident, News Channel 11 reported on October 22.

Information coming from the Tennessee Highway Patrol revealed that a school bus occupied by 22 students flipped on its side on the 600 block of Mahoney Road. The accident reportedly occurred when the bus’s tires failed to navigate the curve and slipped off the road. There is apparently no guardrail in place to protect vehicles from sliding down the steep hill.

Nine students were transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries ranging from minor cuts to a possible separated shoulder. The driver, identified as 66-year-old Sam Davis, was not injured in the mishap. An investigation is being conducted by Highway Patrol in order to determine the cause of the crash.

The lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP understand that many Nashville families experience financial difficulties when their children suffer injuries in accidents such as this. For those families, our attorneys are prepared to seek justice and financial compensation to help the victims manage the recovery. To discuss your case with our attorneys, call us today at (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.

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