A 6-month-old infant was critically injured during a February 12, 2011 accident on Interstate 75 south, near the Windy Hill Exit in Cobb County, Georgia. News reports indicate that Donald Morgan, 25, Candice Morgan, 24, and their 6-month old baby were at a full stop due to construction and lane closures when a tractor trailer driven by Henry Lipps of Indiana struck their vehicle from behind. The tractor trailer also struck two other vehicles. Some of the victims had to be extricated from their vehicles, according to Joseph Hernandez of the Cobb County Police. Mr. and Ms. Morgan were transported to Atlanta Medical Center, while their 6-month-old infant was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with critical injuries. The passengers of the other vehicles, including Ramon Mcelrathbey, 24, and Cornelius Mcelrathbey, 21, were transported to Grady Hospital. While the police investigation remains open, Cobb County Police have suggested that Mr. Lipps may be charged upon completion of the investigation.
These tractor trailer accidents occur all too often on Georgia's highways, and it is important to hold negligent truck drivers accountable in order to both compensate injured victims for their trauma and to protect our roadways against similar incidents in the future. Our law firm has represented the injured victims of many tractor trailer accidents such as this one, and we have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients in the process. Based upon our initial review of this case, given Mr. Lipps' apparent fault in causing this car accident, he may be held civilly liable for the injuries that he caused to the Mr. and Mrs. Morgan and their child, as well as Ramon and Cornelius Mcelrathbey. Any other victims of this incident are also eligible to recover for the injuries, pain, and suffering that they have incurred. These victims may elect to pursue a civil claim against Mr. Lipps, his employer, and his insurance carrier for the damages that they have suffered, but any recovery to which they are entitled may be limited by the insurance coverage available. Given this circumstance, and because of the multiple parties involved, it is important for the injured victims to immediately pursue their civil claims to ensure that this insurance coverage is not exhausted. It is also important that any evidence related to the accident, such as the damaged vehicles, be immediately inspected so as to ensure that it is preserved for later use. All too frequently evidence is destroyed by failure of the parties to seek immediate representation, and this, ultimately, can effect the value of these types of cases. Given this common scenario, when representing injured victims in these types of cases, our law firm will immediately notify the driver, his employer, and his insurance company of our representation and demand that any and all evidence be preserved until we have the opportunity to conduct an examination.
As we frequently represent victims of these tragic motor vehicle accidents, our law firm understands the physical and emotional trauma that is presently being experienced by the victims of this accident. We extend our best wishes to them and their families, and we offer our legal support and services if desired.