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Linwood Gantt, Jr. Accident I-75 (Macon Telegraph)

Linwood Gantt, Jr. Accident I-75 (Macon Telegraph)

66-year-old Linwood Gantt, Jr. was killed in an I-75 accident with a disabled tractor trailer Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

According to The Macon Telegraph, Mr. Gantt was traveling northbound in a utility vehicle on I-75, south of Hartley Bridge Road, shortly before 10:00am Wednesday morning. He came upon a disabled tractor trailer stopped in the middle of the highway. Mr. Gantt was unable to stop or swerve in time and drove directly into the back of the tractor trailer.

Witness Brandon Thompson was driving directly behind Mr. Gantt at the time of the accident. She told officers she did not see any hazard lights as she approached the disabled Nestle company truck and did not realize it was stopped until Mr. Gantt crashed his utility truck into the back of the tractor trailer. Ms. Brandon was able to slow to a stop behind him. She and emergency crews tried to assist Mr. Gantt. Tragically, he perished at the scene.

Officers are still investigating why the Nestle truck was left disabled in the roadway without hazard lights. Ms. Thompson believes the tractor trailer may have struck part of another truck left on the highway.

Our Legal Take

The Murray Law Firm is following the accident closely and questions why the Nestle truck was stopped in the middle of a highway, apparently without caution signals.

Was the vehicle disabled due to a mechanical malfunction and, if so, when did the Nestle company last inspect and service the vehicle?

What attempts, if any, were made by the Nestle truck driver to warn approaching vehicles prior to the accident? Were hazard lights on, caution triangles placed behind the vehicle, police called? What guidelines and training does Nestle provide to their drivers to handle dangerous situations, such as this?

Was part of another vehicle abandoned in the roadway and, if so, what attempts were made by that driver to have the vehicle safely removed and flagged?

Should the operator of the Nestle truck be found at fault, the family of Linwood Gantt, Jr. may elect to hold the operator civilly liable for his wrongful death. Should previous vehicle debris have contributed to the tractor trailer’s break-down, additional claims may be filed against the operator of that vehicle. Additionally, claims may be filed with the Nestle corporation, should poor vehicle maintenance or a lack of vehicle inspections and driver emergency training have contributed to this tragedy. Finally, if Mr. Gantt was working at the time of his death, his family would almost certainly be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits as well.

Given the complexity and magnitude of these claims, it is imperative the Gantt family seek an experienced personal injury and workers’ compensation firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and their best interests are protected. Corporations and insurance companies are often more concerned with limiting their financial exposure than protecting victims and their families.

Photographs and a thorough inspection of the tractor trailer, road debris and traffic surveillance footage will need to be performed on behalf of the family immediately, before any evidence, such as a mechanical maintenance issue, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of trucking company negligence and catastrophic work-related accidents. We offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 478.246.1010.

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Craven Family Killed in Tractor Trailer Accident (WRDW)

Craven Family Killed in Tractor Trailer Accident (WRDW)

Scott and Brandi Ray Craven were killed in a fatal tractor-trailer accident on Highway 221 in Dearing Friday, August 22, 2014.

According to WRDW News, Scott and Brandi Ray Craven were struck and killed in a 3-vehicle accident, involving a tractor trailer, at 1:00pm Monday afternoon. The accident occurred on Highway 221, near Neals Mill Road. Mr. and Mrs. Craven perished at the scene. Their 1-year-old daughter, Lily Craven, was airlifted to GRU where she succumbed to injuries later Friday evening.

The tragic accident comes amid a surge in distracted driving fatalities across the country. The Department of Transportation specifically addresses the dangers of commercial vehicle driver distraction in a recent study, warning tractor trailer and other CV drivers of the perils of cellphones, calculators, electronic logs, gps, and other dashboard devices which may take attention from the roadway.

The community is now seeking answers as police have not yet announced whether distraction, impairment or speed are considered factors in this crash. The accident is still under investigation and no charges have yet been filed.

Our Legal Take

The Murray Law Firm serves victims and families devastated by distracted and impaired drivers. They are following this tragedy closely and question what factors may have lead to the accident:

The speed limit on Highway 221, at Neals Mill Road, is 45mph. How fast was the tractor trailer traveling at the time of the accident? Neals Mill Road has a stop sign at Highway 221. Was the accident a result of a failure to stop at the intersection?

Do cellphone records and traffic surveillance footage indicate whether the truck driver was operating while engaged in distractive devices, such as a cellphone, gps, or logging system?

Was a blood test performed on the truck driver and the driver of the second car and, if so, do these results reveal any alcohol, drugs or medications?

Should the tractor trailer driver be found at fault in this fatal accident, the family of Scott, Brandi and Lily Craven, may elect to hold the driver civilly liable in their wrongful deaths. Legal proceedings are, of course, of little concern to a grieving family. However, claims of this magnitude, potentially in the millions of dollars, will demand all Georgia truck drivers and trucking companies re-evaluate driver safety training, particularly focusing on cellphone policies and distractive dashboard devices, such as electronic logs and calculators. By holding trucking companies responsible for driver distraction and demanding that they finally place roadway safety over deadlines and bottom lines, many lives may be spared.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of distracted and negligent drivers and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 706.494.2800. Consultations are free and confidential.

 

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Ajit Pandey (Fox News)

Ajit Pandey (Fox Atlanta)

Ajit Pandey was fatally shot and killed at the Big Brother 2 Food Mart convenience store in Atlanta Sunday night, August 24, 2014.

According to Fox Atlanta, Mr. Pandey was working as a store clerk at the Big Brother 2 Food Mart on Norwood Road in Atlanta late Sunday evening when he was shot multiple times in what appears to have been a robbery.

Mr. Pandey moved to the United States only a few years ago and had been working at the convenience store to help to his friends.

Mr. Pandey was working alone Sunday evening. The store closed at 10:00pm. When the store owner arrived at 12:15am, he discovered Mr. Pandey near the front door. He had been shot multiple times and, tragically, perished at the scene.

Police believe robbery may have been the motive for the shooting. They hope store surveillance cameras and neighbors may help detectives identify the shooter.

Our Legal Take

Convenience Store Shooting Surveillance Footage (Fox Atlanta News)

Convenience Store Surveillance Footage (Fox Atlanta)

Workers’ compensation experts at The Murray Law Firm in Atlanta are following this tragedy closely. As the shooting occurred in a workplace setting, they believe the family of Ajit Pandey will almost certainly be entitled to significant compensation under the Workers’ Compensation laws of Georgia.

Legal experts warn, however, employers and insurance companies are often more concerned with limiting their own financial exposure than protecting families of violent workplace crimes. As such, without an experienced lawyer protecting the interests of the family, the value of these claims may be adversely affected. Thus, it is imperative the Pandey family secure experienced legal representation quickly.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims and families devastated by violent workplace crimes and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

 

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