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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.

DUI charges filed against bus driver transporting students

A bus driver in Tennessee is facing charges after he was recently apprehended by authorities for driving a bus containing students while under the influence of alcohol, a December 9 article reported.

In a checkpoint conducted by personnel of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), authorities initially observed that 58-year-old Robert Michael Hoskinson smelled of alcohol. Hoskinson, who is an employee of Wise Coaches, was driving a bus containing 56 students on their way to a football championship game in Cookeville. Hoskinson was taken into custody after he failed a field sobriety test and authorities found a half-full a bottle of liquor inside the bus. After an investigation, Wise Coaches decided to terminate Hoskinson.

Fortunately no one was hurt in the recent arrest of this intoxicated bus driver. However, the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP understand that many accident victims are not so lucky when they encounter drunk drivers. If you have suffered at the hands of a negligent, reckless, or intoxicated driver, call us at (615) 277-2765 today to discuss your legal options.

Porsche facing lawsuit after death of actor Paul Walker

A wrongful death lawsuit was recently filed against Porsche claiming negligence in the death of movie actor Paul Walker almost two years ago, a November 27 article of NBC News reported.

Reports said lawyers representing the actor’s father claimed that some “safety features” were not included in the 2005 model Porsche Carrera GT occupied by Walker at the time of his single-vehicle crash on November 30, 2013. The lawsuit also claimed that some parts of the vehicle were found to be defective, including seat belts and “side-door reinforcements.” The lawsuit alleges that the actor may have survived the accident if his vehicle had sufficient safety features. A similar lawsuit was filed by the actor’s daughter last September. Fellow race enthusiast Roger Rodas, who was operating the vehicle occupied by Walker, was also killed in the crash.

The legal team of personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP understand how difficult it is to mourn the loss of a loved one after an accident that should have been preventable. We work to protect the rights of victims’ families by enforcing liability laws on the parties responsible for these deadly accidents. To discuss your case today, call (615) 277-2765.

Over one million blenders recalled in the US after multiple injury complaints

Massachusetts-based company SharkNinja Operating LLC is recalling about 1.1 million blenders sold in the U.S. after being notified of 53 consumer injuries, cpsc.gov reported on November 12.

According to reports, the affected blenders can cause laceration injuries if consumers tilt the pitcher with the blade assembly still in place and the lid detached. At least twelve blender models are included in the recall. Instead of returning the recalled blenders, consumers are expected to be given revised instructions and warnings to help avoid injuries. Consumers who own the recalled blenders are advised to use the pour spout in the pitcher’s lid when pouring out contents or remove the blade unit and the lid altogether when pouring.

If you have been injured as a result of using a defective product, seek the help of a skilled lawyer to assist you in pursuing compensation for your injuries. Find out how the Nashville legal team of Pohl & Berk, LLP can work for you today by calling (615) 277-2765.

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.

Blink-182 member recounts horryfying plane crash experience

Drummer of well-known rock band Blink-182, Travis Barker, recently recounted his experience of the September 2008 plane crash in South Carolina during an interview on Good Morning America. Barker gives a full description of the harrowing crash in his book, Can I Say.

The 39-year-old drummer and the late DJ Adam Goldstein were the only survivors of the airplane accident, including the Learjet’s crew, Berker’s security guard, and his assistant. The plane crashed after a tire blew out while they were attempting to take off from Columbia and return to California.

Barker, who underwent multiple surgeries and spent months in different care facilities, suffered serious burn injuries to over 65 percent of his body. Barker stated that his pain was so intense during recovery that he contemplated ending his own life. The drummer credited his two children for pulling him through, and stated that he will only consider boarding a plane again when his children ask him to.

The lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP in Nashville have helped clients dealing with the aftermath of horrible plane accidents, and we understand exactly how painful and devastating the consequences can be. We know that when these accidents are caused by defective plane parts, the manufacturers should be held responsible for the damage they caused. To discuss your situation and legal options with our legal team, call (615) 277-2765 today.

Millions of bicycles in the US recalled over faulty components

At least thirteen companies recently issued a recall of approximately 1.3 million bicycles in the U.S. after one individual suffered injuries caused by a bike with a faulty front disc brake and quick release lever.

The recalling companies will reportedly repair the defective bikes with faulty quick release (QR) levers, as this part may swing open and hit the disc brake rotor, causing accidents. Reports said a man suffered several injuries after the bicycle he was riding either came to a sudden stop or its front wheel suddenly came off during operation.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has listed the thirteen companies affected by the recall on their website and advises consumers to check their bikes to see if they are included in the recall. If so, individuals are encouraged to contact their bike dealer or maker in order to arrange a repair.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a defective part or product, you may be able to pursue compensation for any medical bills or suffering you endured. Contact the Nashville lawyers at Pohl & Berk, LLP to discuss your situation with an experienced product liability attorney by calling (555) 555-5555 today.

Tractor trailer in Knoxville flipped after driver fell asleep

A tractor trailer truck was involved in an accident in Knoxville, Tennessee on September 20 after its operator apparently fell asleep while driving, an article from ABC 6 reported.

According to reports, no other vehicles were involved in the crash that occurred after the tractor trailer flipped on Interstate 40 East at the vicinity of Mile Marker 401. When authorities arrived at the scene of the crash at around 5:19 a.m., they saw that three lanes of the Interstate were blocked by the huge vehicle. The driver, whose name was withheld, admitted to authorities that he lost control of the vehicle after he fell asleep while driving. A citation was later issued to him for distracted driving. The traffic in all affected lanes was restored in the afternoon of the same day.

Sadly, many people are at risk of suffering serious or fatal injuries in accidents if tractor trailer drivers get distracted while driving. However, if you have been injured in this kind of accident in Nashville, the legal team of Pohl & Berk, LLP may possibly help you get treatment funds by pursuing damage claims against negligent parties. Find out how we may work for you 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.

89K pounds of meat products in the US recalled for containing metal

Approximately 89,235 pounds of frozen meat products are being recalled by a company based in Kenosha County due to possible contamination, a September 2 article from the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported.

According to reports, Kenosha Beef International LTD is recalling the 24oz and 13.5lb bags of “Johnsonville Grillers Cheddar Cheese & Bacon Flavor” patties. The company decided to issue the recall after getting complaints that the affected products contained what appeared to be fragments of metal. Though no one was reportedly harmed by the recalled pork sausage patty products that were also distributed in Illinois, consumers were told to either return the product to retailers or dispose of it immediately. Consumers who believe that they have been injured by the recalled products are advised to immediately seek medical treatment.

Families unfortunately have to deal with hefty financial losses after accidentally consuming contaminated food products. However, if this happens to you in Danville, a lawyer from Pohl & Berk, LLP may work for you. Find out how we may possibly help you get compensations from negligent companies today by calling 615-277-2765.

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