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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.

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.

Man involved in fatal pedestrian accident facing DUI charges

Charges were recently filed against a man in Hendersonville due to the suspicion that he was under the influence of intoxicants when he recently struck two pedestrians, an article of News 2 reported on October 15.

According to reports, charges including DUI, homicide, and assault with the use of a vehicle were filed against 43-year-old Chris Solomon after he caused a pedestrian accident on Donmond Drive. A man and a woman were in the area to pick up some furniture they bought when they were struck by Solomon. The two victims, only identified as being in their 30’s, were then transported to two different hospitals. Reports confirmed that the man succumbed to his injuries. Authorities said that Solomon did not stop his vehicle after crashing into the couple. Solomon is currently held on a $300,000 bond in Sumner County Jail. Residents near the crash scene said that motorists often drive with excessive speed in the area.

The deepest thoughts of the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP in Nashville, go the family and friends who are devastated by the recent loss of their loved on

Nine injured in Chicago bus accident

At least nine people suffered injuries in Chicago after a city bus struck several vehicles, Pantagrah.com reported on June 3.

According to reports, the multiple vehicle accident happened in Chicago’s downtown business district around 6:00 p.m. on June 2. Information coming from authorities revealed that an articulated bus of the Chicago Transit Authority crashed into three vehicles as it was making a turn onto Michigan Avenue. A pedestrian who happened to be in the area was briefly trapped under the bus. Larry Langford of the Chicago Fire Department confirmed that one of the nine injured people was in critical condition. Authorities stated that the cause of the accident was still unknown.

The Nashville lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP, understand that vehicular accident victims often have to deal with great financial losses in order to recover. If this has happened to you, we may help you get the financial compensation you need to cover any damages. Call our team today at 615-277-2765 to find out how we may work for you.

Actor uninjured in apparent hit and run crash

Actor Ryan Reynolds was unhurt after he recently got involved in a hit and run accident in Vancouver, Canada, Tewkesbury Admag reported on April 13.

According to reports, the 38-year-old Canadian actor was inside a parking area beneath a hotel when he was apparently struck by a vehicle. Reynolds’ publicist identified as Leslie Sloane claimed that the actor was walking when he was struck by a vehicle operated by a press photographer. Sloane further stated that the photographer fled the scene and that the actor was not injured. Brian Montague of the Vancouver Police stated that there was no additional information available after the incident.

Fortunately in this case, no one was injured by the negligent driver. Oftentimes, however, pedestrians experience serious injuries when they are hit by vehicles. If you have experienced this in Nashville, our legal team at Pohl & Berk, LLP, may be able to help you pursue financial compensation from those responsible. Call our offices at 615-277-2765 today to begin taking action.

Man fatally struck by two vehicles in Blount County

A male pedestrian died on December 1 after he was struck by two vehicles on a highway in Blount County, an article on wate.com reported.

Reports coming from the Tennessee Highway Patrol stated that the fatal accident happened northbound on U.S. 321 in Friendsville. The pedestrian, identified as 33-year-old Virgil Jones, reportedly was walking in the road when he was struck by the two vehicles. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities later identified the two drivers as Barbara Cook and Garrison Lee Love.

The Nashville lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP send their deepest remorse to the family and friends who are devastated by the sudden loss of their loved one.

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.

Pedestrian hospitalized in Nashville accident

A pedestrian recently suffered serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle in Nashville, an article by NewsChannel 5 reported on July 2.

Reports coming from the Metropolitan Nashville Police stated the incident occurred at around 9:00 p.m. on July 1 at the corner of Timmons Street and Nolensville Road. A pedestrian, whose details were withheld, was reportedly struck by a vehicle and was brought to Vanderbilt University Medical Hospital while suffering from critical injuries. The vehicle driver, whose name was also withheld, told authorities he failed to notice the pedestrian. Although police were fairly certain that alcohol or drugs were not involved, investigation of the accident continues in order to determine whether anyone was at fault.

In Nashville alone, many people are injured in pedestrian accidents every year. If you have experienced this, our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, may work for you to get the compensation you need. Speak with us today by calling 615-277-2765, and learn more about your legal 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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