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Nashville single-car crash kills one

A single-vehicle accident on Murfreesboro Road, near Mt. View Road, resulted in the death of an individual. The accident occurred in front of a Publix in Nashville, Tennessee around 2 p.m. last Monday, June 20.

The Metro Nashville Police Department identified the victim as 29-year-old Smyrna resident Joshua Abendroth. According to preliminary investigations, Abendroth was travelling in a 2001 Toyota Sequoia SUV when the vehicle crossed into the northbound lanes of traffic and then crashed into a utility pole. Both Abendroth and another passenger were ejected from the vehicle. Abendroth was declared dead at the scene of the accident. The other person in the vehicle was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the treatment of his critical injuries. Police officers confirmed both men will undergo toxicology tests. Authorities are still investigating the crash to determine who was driving the vehicle when the incident took place.

At John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers, we regularly witness the effect of accidents such as this one. We are saddened to hear about the loss to the community, and our thoughts are with the families of the victims.



Students sue NCAA about concussions and safety issues

University of Michigan student Steve Strinko, Ohio State University student Raymond Griffin, Duke University student Derrick Lee, and University of Tennessee student Orenthal James Owens are seeking damages in a class action lawsuit filed on Wednesday, June 8 against the National College Athletic Association (NCAA).

The suit also brings charges against three college athletic conferences – the Big Ten Conference, Southeastern Conference, and the Atlantic Coast Conference – claiming they have not established necessary safeguards to protect football players from concussions. A similar case, which holds a $75 million proposed settlement, is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The Illinois case focuses more on medical monitoring and safety protocols than personal injury and includes a variety of sports aside from football.

The attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers provide legal services for our clients in Memphis and other areas of Tennessee and handle personal injury accident cases including wrongful death and mass tort cases. Call our offices at 888-WE-FIGHT to learn more about our services.



E-Cigarette Injures Memphis Man

E-cigarettes allow their users to inhale vapor instead of smoke, which is supposed to have fewer health risks than traditional cigarette smoking. For 29 year old Cordero Caples of Memphis, an e-cigarette turned out to be just as harmful after it exploded in his face. Over 25 injuries have been reported as the result of the lithium batteries failing in e-cigarettes, causing dangerous explosions.

Caples suffered from broken teeth, mouth burns, fractured facial bones, and a broken neck. His neck injury requires constant care in order to prevent paralysis, and has lead to a series of surgeries. His particular e-cigarette was made by Kangertech, though various brands have been known to have similar faults.

When you buy a product, you expect it to be safe and well made. Unfortunately, products can be dangerous and cause death and injuries far too often. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a faulty or recalled product, contact the office of John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers as you may be eligible for compensation. Call us toll free at 888-WE-FIGHT.



I-40 Chain Reaction Crash Kills 1

An accident involving five cars occurred on I-40 near Sycamore, killing one woman. Police arrived at the scene of the accident in response to a call around 5am.

The accident started when the driver of a Ford Fusion tried to maneuver around a broken down Honda Accord and was hit by Francis Barrios, who was driving a Hyundai SGX. As the three vehicles sat waiting for police, the driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe hit Barrios, causing a chain reaction accident. The broken down Accord, which was at the head of the initial accident, then collided into a Chevrolet Impala.

Barrios was pronounced dead at the scene and Britney Herron, the driver of the Chevy Tahoe that set off the chain reaction, faces serious charges, including reckless driving, financial responsibility, and vehicular homicide. Our thoughts are with the 23-year old’s family during this difficult time.



Senators question the safety of front seatbacks in vehicles

United States Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have been questioning automakers about how they are preventing injuries to backseat passengers when front seatbacks collapse during an accident.

The senators sent letters to seventeen automakers to ask about their safety standards and whether they have been sued for front seatback failure. Most automakers argued that they meet federal regulations, but Markey and Blumenthal argue that federal safety standards are outdated as they have not been significantly updated since 1967. The issue at hand occurs most often when a vehicle is rear-ended. The impact from behind can cause the backs of seats to move further backwards, which can cause injury to backseat passengers.

The attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers provide legal services for those who were injured due to the defectiveness of a supposedly safe product. Call us for a free consultation at 888-WE-FIGHT to discuss your legal options and see how we can hold negligent companies accountable.



Text senders could also be held liable for distracted driving accidents

South Memphis, Tennessee resident Betty Isom’s adopted grandson, Marcellus Anderson, was hospitalized after his vehicle was struck by a driver who was reading a text message while behind the wheel along Union Avenue.

According to personal injury attorney Janika White, courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are handling lawsuits that would help decide whether  sending text messages to people known to be driving the moment the text message is sent can be held liable for the accident that ensues involving the distracted driver. She noted that, “in Tennessee, I haven’t seen a case like that yet, but Tennessee could potentially follow some of that case law.”

The attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers know how difficult getting into a serious accident can be. That is why we handle personal injury cases involving car, motorcycle, and truck accidents in Memphis. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices at 888-WE-FIGHT to see how we can help you recover from your accident.



Single-vehicular accident: one dead, one hurt

An individual lost his life while another is fighting to survive after sustaining critical injuries when the car they were riding along Raleigh Lagrange Road and Chiswood Street in Memphis, Tennessee on Friday, April 16 went over the curb, struck a utility pole, and was cut in half.

25-year-old Quinton Jones was found dead at the scene of the accident, police said. Both he and his companion were thrown out of the vehicle and onto the road when their vehicle crashed.

The other victim, identified only as a 23-year-old man, was taken to the Regional Medical Center for the treatment of his grave wounds.

Police investigators have yet to determine who was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the incident and, therefore, have yet to place any charges. They are still collecting evidence to find out what caused the accident in the first place.



Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide after Motorcycle Crash

A man was killed in Memphis on Sunday after his motorcycle was struck by a drunk driver. The victim was 21-year-old father Christopher Kinsey III who was riding his motorcycle along Lamar Avenue when a drunk driver struck him.  The drunk driver was identified as 38-year-old Onesimo Gardea who is being charged with a number of crimes including vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, no license, no registration, no insurance, reckless driving and leaving the scene of the accident.  When police eventually caught up with Gardea, they said his speech was slurred and smelled of alcohol.

The thoughts and prayers of our legal team are with the friends and family of Christopher Kinsey III. Unfortunately, tragic accidents such as these happen far too often.  At John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers, we believe no individual should have to suffer the consequences of another negligent person’s actions. We would like to remind all drivers to be responsible at the wheel and to never drive while intoxicated.



Man charged in vehicular accident that killed one

Police authorities arrested 28-year-old Jeremy Williamson, who had been the driver of the vehicle that veered off the road, crashing into a utility pole. This occurred as the vehicle traveled along Chelsea Avenue at Oakwood Street in Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday, March 26 at around 6:30 p.m., resulting in the death of his passenger, 42-year-old Shannon Vaughn.

According to preliminary investigations, Williamson lost control of the vehicle, causing it to slam into a Memphis Light, Gas and Water utility pole. Williamson was later found to have been under the influence at the time of the crash.

Both Williamson and Vaughn were rushed to a nearby hospital after the accident. Vaughn passed away in the hospital due to mortal injuries; Williamson, on the other hand, sustained critical wounds. Another individual, also a passenger in Williamson’s vehicle, incurred critical injuries and was taken to Regional One Health.

Williamson was charged with multiple offenses including DUI, reckless vehicular homicide, and violation of financial responsibility.



Video of Man Urinating on Kellogg’s Conveyor Belt in Memphis Surfaces

Kellogg’s has confirmed that a viral video of a man urinating on a conveyor belt was taken in their Memphis, Tennessee factory in 2014.  The video was published by the website World Star Hip Hop and showed a man, who may have been an employee of Kellogg’s, urinating on the end of an assembly line and then panning over to a sign featuring the Kellogg’s logo. The company publicly stated that the video was taken in 2014 and that a criminal investigation has begun to find and charge the man featured.  Kellogg’s stated the products that may have been affected include Rice Krispies Treats, Rice Krispies Treats Cereal, and puffed rice cake products.  However, all of these products would now be past their expiration dates.  No suspect has been charged in connection to the video yet.

Food contamination, such as in this case, can cause their consumers serious health issues.  If you or a loved one was affected by a toxic food product, contact the Memphis team at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers to begin building your case.  Call our offices at 888-WE-FIGHT today to learn more.



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