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March 7, 2014

Melissa and Michael Smith in Critical Condition Following Moultrie Crash

Michael and Melissa Smith suffered critical injuries in a head on collision Wednesday morning, March 5, 2014.

According to the Moultrie Observer, 34-year-old Melissa Tammy Smith, of Moultrie, was driving eastbound on Riggs Store Road with 34-year-old passenger Michael Lee Smith, of Hartsfield, just before 9:30am Wednesday morning.

A westbound Chevrolet Silverado reportedly veered over the center line, colliding with Ms. Smith's Nissan Altima. Both Melissa and Michael Smith were transported to Archbold Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Attorneys at The Murray Law Firm are following the horrific accident and question whether distraction or impairment were factors in the Silverado driver's alleged failure to maintain lanes.

Was a blood test performed at the scene and, if so, did it reveal any alcohol, drugs, or medications which may have contributed to this accident?

Was the Silverado driver engaged in texting or other distractions, which may have lead to his reported failure to maintain lanes?

As the details of this investigation continue to emerge, Michael and Melissa Smith may elect to hold the driver civilly liable for their substantial injuries. Such claims may be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and would, not only address their long term medical needs, but also remind Georgia drivers of the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.

Unfortunately, insurance companies are often reluctant to provide victims with the care and compensation they deserve. As such, both victims should retain an experienced personal injury firm without delay to assist in negotiating this complex claim.

We pray for the swift recovery of both Melissa and Michael Smith. The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting the victims of impaired and distracted drivers and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking legal representation of further information is encouraged to contact us at 229.385.9690.


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March 4, 2014

UGA Student Raphael Arbelaez Seriously Injured in Athens Scooter Accident

UGA student, Raphael Arbelaez, was seriously injured in an Athens scooter accident Monday afternoon, March 3, 2014.

Raphael Arbelaez Accident.jpgAccording to Athens-Clarke County Police, Mr. Arbelaez was driving a scooter northbound on Church Street, at the West Broad Street intersection, around 4:30pm Monday afternoon. As he crossed in front of an Athens Transit bus, stopped to unload passengers, a Volkswagen Jetta reportedly struck him in the inside lane. Mr. Arbelaez crashed into the windshield and landed in the roadway. He was rushed to Athens Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

The horrific accident comes only weeks after another Georgia scooter accident left a woman seriously injured and has raised several questions for attorneys at The Murray Law Firm investigating this latest crash:

The Volkswagen reportedly passed a bus unloading passengers with enough speed to propel Mr. Arbelaez off of his scooter, into the windshield and onto the ground. Did the driver notice the stopped bus unloading passengers? If so, why didn't the driver slow to avoid hitting these pedestrians and to heed traffic while crossing the obstructed intersection? Was the driver engaged in texting or other digital distractions at the time of the crash?

The posted speed limit on West Broad Street is 35mph. How fast was the Jetta traveling at the time it struck Mr. Arbelaez?

Should the driver be found at fault for distracted driving or speeding Mr. Arbelaez may elect to file civil claims against the driver's insurance for his substantial injuries. Such a claim may be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and will serve as a clearly needed reminder to all Georgia drivers of the perils of distracted driving.

As warm spring weather returns, more scooters and bicycles are taking to the roadways. By law, these eco-friendly vehicles have as much right to our streets as automobiles and drivers need to learn to share the roadways and avoid distractions.

Unfortunately, insurance companies are often more concerned with limiting their own financial exposure than providing victims the compensation and medical care they deserve. As such, it is crucial the Arbelaez family retain an experienced personal injury attorney without delay to assist with these negotiations and ensure their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of distracted and impaired drivers and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking legal representation or further information is encouraged to contact us at 706.494.2800.

March 3, 2014

Michelle Phillips One of 3 Injured in Martinez Dollar General Crash; Driver Charged with DUI

A Martinez Dollar General store employee and two customers were injured Saturday, March 1, 2014, when a alleged drunk driver crashed through the store on Baston Road.

DrunkDriving.jpgAccording to The Augusta Chroniclereports, a 37-year-old woman was parked across from the Martinez Dollar General around 7:00pm Saturday evening when she accidentally accelerated into the store rather than reversing. Her vehicle crashed through the front doors, striking and seriously injuring a store employee, 38-year-old Michelle Lee Phillips. Two customers were also injured in the crash. Their conditions have not been released.

The driver reportedly registered a 0.12 blood alcohol level at the scene. She has been charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and having an open container of alcohol.

Should the driver be be found at fault for driving under the influence, Michelle Phillips may elect to hold her civilly liable for her injuries. Further, as Ms. Phillips was working at the time e crash, she is almost certainly entitled to workers' compensation benefits per Georgia law. The other injured victims of this crash may also hold the allegedly impaired driver civilly liable for all injuries they suffered during the crash. Total claims may be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and will serve as a gravely needed reminder to all Georgia drivers of the perils of drunk driving.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of drunk drivers and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking legal representation or further information is encouraged to contact us at 706.494.2800.


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February 7, 2014

Yolanda Troconis Injured in GA-84 Scooter Accident, Walthourville

Yolanda Troconis was struck by a car while riding a scooter on GA-84 Thursday evening, February 6, 2014.

Yolanda Troconis Accident.jpgAccording to initial reports, Ms. Troconis was traveling on GA-84, near Walthourville, when she was struck by a car. She was med-flighted to Memorial University Medical Center with multiple injuries, including head trauma. Her condition has not yet been released.

According to reports, the alleged driver, Joel Secora, told authorities he "didn't see" Ms. Troconis, which has raised several questions for attorneys at The Murray Law Firm investigating the accident:

Why did the driver fail to notice Ms. Troconis? Was he engaged in distractive devices, such as a cellphone, radio or gps, at the time of the accident?

The impact of the crash was forceful enough to throw Ms. Troconis 90 feet. How fast was the driver traveling at the time of the accident?

As the driver who struck Ms. Troconis appears to be at fault in this horrific accident, she and her family may elect to file civil claims with his insurance for her substantial injuries. Such a claim may be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and will serve as a gravely needed reminder to all Georgia drivers of the perils of distracted driving.

Unfortunately, insurance companies are often more concerned with limiting their own financial exposure than providing victims the compensation and medical care they deserve. As such, it is crucial the Troconis family retain an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to assist with these negotiations and ensure their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect the victims of distracted drivers and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking legal representation or further information is encouraged to contact us at 912.385.9690.


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February 5, 2014

Miguel Cruz Injured As Car Crashes Through Dalton Carpet Store

A car crashed through the Carpet Alley, Inc. showroom in Dalton Tuesday, February 4, 2014, injuring 38-year-old employee Miguel Cruz.

Carpet Alley Miguel Cruz.jpgAccording to the the Dalton Daily Citizen, a 72-year-old driver was spotted weaving and running red lights on South Bypass in Dalton. Deputies attempted to pull the driver over, but he continued at a slow speed, eventually running off the roadway, crossing the center line and accelerating as he crashed straight into the showroom of Carpet Alley, Inc.

Employee, Miguel Cruz, was struck and injured by the vehicle as it crashed through the carpet store. He was rushed Hamilton Medical Center and later listed in fair condition.

As Mr. Cruz was working at the time of the accident, he is almost certainly entitled to workers' compensation benefits per Georgia law. Further claims may also be filed against the driver's insurance, should he be found at fault for impaired or reckless driving. Total financial recovery may be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and would, most importantly, ensure Mr. Cruz receives the medical care he needs. It is crucial that Mr. Cruz retain an experienced work injury attorney as soon as possible to assist in these complex negotiations and to protect his best interests.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of workplace injuries and driver negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking legal representation or further information is encouraged to contact us at 706-494-2800.


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