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63-year-old Gary Pittman was fatally struck by a tractor trailer on I-20 in McDuffie County Sunday, September 28, 2014.

The Augusta Chronicle reports an eastbound Advance Disposal sanitation truck lost its load around 8:30pm Sunday, blocking the right lane eastbound lane near the Thomson-Washington Road exit. Apparently, Mr. Pittman was traveling behind the sanitation truck when his car ran over a piece of the fallen debris and became disabled. Mr. Pittman was reportedly struck by a tractor trailer while standing outside of his vehicle. Emergency crews transported the victim to University Hospital McDuffie where he later perished from injuries.

Per media reports, charges are pending in connection with the accident.

Our Legal Take

The Murray Law Firm is following the accident closely and questions whether speed or distraction were factors in the tractor trailer’s alleged failure to stop, slow or move-over for Mr. Pittman. The firm is also questioning the initial cause of the debris spill.

How fast was the tractor trailer driving as he approached the accident scene and distressed motorists? Was excessive speed a factor in his failure to stop or slow as he passed Mr. Pittman, his vehicle, the debris, and the sanitation truck?

Do cellphone records and traffic surveillance footage indicate whether the tractor trailer driver was engaged in digital distractions, such as a cellphone, digital log or gps?

What security measures were in place to keep debris from falling out of the Advance Disposal sanitation truck? How did these safety precautions fail? Was spill due to improper loading or a mechanical malfunction?

Should the tractor trailer or sanitation truck drivers be found at fault in this accident, the family of Gary Pittman may elect to hold the truck owners and operators civilly liable in his wrongful death. Further claims may also be filed with the sanitation truck manufacturer, should a mechanical failure have contributed to this crash. Claims of this magnitude will demand both the trucking and sanitation companies reevaluate vehicle safety features and employee training. By implementing frequent vehicle inspections and proper driver safety training, many other lives may be spared.

Unfortunately, insurance companies and trucking companies are often more concerned with limiting their financial exposure than protecting victims and their families. As such, photographs and a thorough inspection of the roadway, all vehicles, surveillance footage, and cellphone records will need to be performed immediately before any evidence is repaired, damaged or destroyed. The Pittman family should retain an experienced personal injury firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and their best interests are protected.

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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A construction crew member was reportedly struck and killed by a truck in an I-20 construction zone in Rockdale County Saturday evening, September 27, 2014.

According to The Covington News, a construction crew was working at mileage marker 84 along the westbound side of I-20 in Rockdale County, just after 9:30pm Satuday. One crew member was apparently walking south in the construction zone when he was struck by the back of a dump truck and trapped beneath the undercarriage. Tragically, he perished at the scene.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating how the accident occurred and do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the accident.

Our Legal Take

Advocates for workers’ rights at The Murray Law Firm are following the tragic accident closely. As the victim was working at the time of his death, his family is almost certainly entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits per Georgia law. Additional claims may also be filed with the owner, manufacturer and operator of the dump truck, should an equipment malfunction or negligence have contributed to the accident.

Of course, legal proceedings are of little consequence to a grieving family, however, claims of this magnitude will most importantly demand the construction and trucking companies involved will reevaluate construction zone safety procedures. By demanding proper safety equipment, such as rear backup cameras and audio signals on construction vehicles, many other lives may be spared.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of catastrophic work accidents and their families. We offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information is encouraged to contact us at 404.8421600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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21-year-old Christian Jofre was reportedly injured in a North Westover Boulevard motorcycle accident in Albany Sunday evening, September 21, 2014.

According to the Albany Herald, Mr. Jofre was riding his motorcycle southbound on North Westover Boulevard when the driver of a Ford F-150 truck allegedly pulled out of the Homerood Foods parking lot into his path. Mr. Jofre reportedly laid down his motorcycle to avoid a collision, but the bike slid underneath the truck. The truck ran over Mr. Jofre and apparently fled the scene.

Mr. Jofre was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital with injuries. He was last reported in fair condition.

Our Legal Take

The NHTSA warns, half of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle and nearly 40 percent of those accidents are caused by a vehicle turning in front of the motorcyclist. This latest crash should serve as a much-needed wake up call to the Albany community on the need to share our roadways with motorcyclists.

The Murray Law Firm is following the accident closely and questions what factors may have contributed to the driver’s failure to stop for the injured motorcyclist and what investigators are doing to track down the hit and run driver.

Why did the driver fail to notice or stop for the approaching motorcycle prior to the crash? Do cellphone records and traffic surveillance footage indicate whether the driver was distracted?

Why did the driver flee the scene instead of helping the injured motorcyclist? Was the driver operating under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medications at the time of the crash?

Have police examined Homerun Foods parking lot and traffic surveillance footage to find the hit and run driver? 

Should the truck driver be found at fault in this accident, Mr. Jofre may elect to hold the driver civilly liable for his injuries. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, will serve to spread public awareness of motorcycle safety. Given the staggering number of motorcycle fatalities across the state, drivers must learn to stay alert, avoid distractions and share the roadways with motorcyclists.

The Jofre family should retain an experienced personal injury firm without delay to ensure all evidence relating to the crash, such as traffic surveillance footage, is preserved and their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of negligent and distracted drivers and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 229.389.4900. Consultations are free and confidential.

 

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