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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.

Thousands of defective home elevators recalled in the US

Approximately 60,000 home elevators in the U.S. are under recall due to a defect that may cause serious injuries to intended users, according to a report of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Reports said the Porta “residential elevators” are equipped with a plastic lock that may open the landing door before the elevator car arrives. Homeowners who own the potentially faulty elevators are at high risk of sustaining serious fall injuries if they walk through the elevator door before its car arrives. Although no one was reportedly injured before the recall was issued, the Illinois-based company is aware of two elevator lock failure incidents. Porta told consumers to refrain from using the elevators and contact their maintenance provider for a free lock replacement.

The Nashville product liability attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP understand that families are often devastated when their loved ones suffer injuries in accidents. If you or a loved one sustained injuries due to a defective product, we may be able to offer you legal assistance. Call our office today at (615) 277-2765 to find out how we could help you receive compensation.

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.

Tennessee officials to help rollover crashes by setting up traffic signs

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is planning to install traffic signs on two interstate highways to potentially reduce or prevent incidents of rollover accidents in the area, Fox 17 News reported on June 29.

According to TDOT, the state is reviewing the split of I-40 and I-24 to see where they can most strategically place the new signage. TDOT said that in the month of June alone, there were three rollover accidents that took place in the area. The vehicles that rolled over were all tractor trailers. TDOT personnel said that excessive load weight was a factor in all three recent rollover accidents. Metro Nashville Police Department added that excessive speed was a factor in the rollover that happened several days ago.

Truck accidents and rollover accidents are oftentimes catastrophic, leaving families to handle great financial loss. If you were the victim of a rollover accident, working with a qualified legal team can help you receive the compensation you need for recovery. Speak with the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP in Nashville today by calling (615) 277-2765.

Thousands of possibly faulty surge protectors that can cause harm recalled in the US

A Salt Lake City-based company on June 9 issued a recall to approximately 9,300 units of surge protectors in the U.S. that may possibly cause harm to intended users, an article of cpsc.gov reported.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recall affects at least three surge protector models of “360 Electrical” that are equipped with non-grounded plugs. Consumers reportedly are at high risk of sustaining electrical shock or burn injuries if the surge protectors short circuit after being plugged into an electrical outlet. The recalling company and the CPSC were both unaware of any injuries or incidents involving the possibly defective surge protectors. People are advised to check the model number of their surge protectors and report it to 360 Electrical to get a free surge protector.

Many families, unfortunately, have to deal with hefty financial loss when they sustain injuries as a result of using faulty products sold in the market. However, if you believe this has happened to you in Nashville, a personal injury attorney of Pohl & Berk, LLP may work on your behalf. Call our office today at (615) 277-2765 to find out how we may possibly help you fight for the compensations you need for recovery.

1 killed and 3 injured in Hickman County semi-truck crash

A Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) worker recently died following a semi-truck accident in Hickman County. Two other TDOT workers and the semi-truck driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Tennessee authorities identified the TDOT worker as David Younger, 65, who was struck by a semi-truck on I-40 as he and other TDOT workers changed a flat tire in the emergency lane. The collision occurred after the semi-truck suddenly veered into the emergency lane for unknown reasons. According to Lieutenant Bill Miller with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, authorities are investigating the crash to see if there was an act of negligence on the part of truck driver. BJ Doughty, a spokeswoman for TDOT, asked drivers to remember that “When we are on the side of the roadway, you are coming through our office at 70 miles an hour.”

The thoughts and condolences from Pohl & Berk, LLP, go to the family and friends of the worker who are grieving the recent loss of their loved one.

5 dead in tragic Tennessee helicopter accident

Three family members and two other individuals were recently killed in the eastern part of Tennessee after the tour helicopter they were aboard crashed, an April 5 article of NBC News reported.

Reports confirmed that no one survived from the “Bell 206L” tour craft of Smoky Mountain Helicopters on April 4, after it crashed at 3:30 p.m. in Sevier County. The deceased were later identified as Johna Morvant, 49, and her two children Parker Rasmussen, 18, Peyton Rasmussen, 22, and Peyton’s boyfriend Michael Glenn Mastalez. The chopper pilot was identified as Jason Dahl, 38. The tragic accident reportedly occurred after completing its first flight of the day. Initial investigations revealed that the incident happened after the chopper apparently struck a structure above the ridge.

National Transportation Safety Board senior safety investigator Luke Schiada believed that the investigations will take a year to complete.

Rap artist busted for speeding in Manhattan

Police recently apprehended New York City native rapper, Niatia Kirkland, for driving violations including speeding, an article of PIX 11 reported on March 10.

At around 4:00 a.m., an officer saw the 26-year-old rapper, who is well-known for her stage name “Lil Mama,” driving a vehicle with a speed of around 38 mph in a 25 mph zone near West 135th Street and Fifth Avenue. Kirkland failed to show a valid driver’s license due to suspension for unknown reasons. There were no reports of injuries or property damage due to this incident. Police took Kirkland into custody peacefully.

Innocent motorists and pedestrians are at high risk of suffering serious injuries when negligent drivers drive their vehicles with excessive speed. If you think that a speeding driver injured you in an accident, working with a lawyer is a viable option. Get in touch with a lawyer of Pohl & Berk, LPP in Nashville today by calling (615) 277-2765 to find out how we may possibly help you get compensations you need for recovery.

Over 100M gallons of propane gas recalled in US and Canada

Approximately 118,000,000 gallons of propane gas sold in the U.S. and Canada has been recalled due to insufficient odorant levels, according to a February 12 report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Reports said the Propane (LP) Gas manufactured by Crescent Point Energy Corp. may not be easily detected by consumers when a leak takes place due to the weak odorant levels. Gas is required to include enough odorant for consumers to be able to smell the product right away in the event of a leak.

The affected propane gas was distributed for personal and commercial consumption. Consumers are at risk of suffering serious injuries from burns or explosions if they fail to detect leaking propane gas. Though the Canadian company has not received any reports of incidents involving the recalled propane gas, they asked consumers to immediately notify their gas supplier and to refrain from examining the tanks by themselves.   

The legal team of Pohl & Berk, LLP in Nashville works on behalf of clients who have suffered as a result of a defective product. We will work to pursue compensation on your behalf so that you and your family can focus on recovering. Call our office today at (615) 277-2765 to discuss your claim.

Beef patties that may contain wood particles recalled

A meat company based in Sauk Rapids recently issued a recall for an estimated 89,568 lbs of beef patties distributed in the U.S. due to possible wood debris contamination. Reports said the Sam’s Choice Black Angus Vidalia Onion beef products produced by Huisken Meat Company may possibly contain “extraneous wood materials.”

In the Class II recall documents submitted to the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service, it was revealed that the possible contamination was observed during inspection. Huisken Meat and federal authorities are unaware of any complaints of illnesses or injuries involving the tainted beef patties; however, consumers who might have bought the affected beef are urged to immediately throw it away or return it to the store where it was purchased.

The lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP in Nashville understand that families are left to deal with the consequences of defective products or contaminated foods far too often, and we work on behalf of those victims in order to pursue compensation and justice from the negligent manufacturers whose actions led to their suffering. To learn more, call us at (615) 277-2765 today.

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