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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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Combined photo of vehicle and tractor trailer believed involved in fatal Brian Durst accident (Lamar County Police Vehicle/Alpharetta Patch)

Combined photo of vehicle and boat trailer believed to be involved in the fatal Brian Durst accident (LCPD Vehicle/Alpharetta Patch)

53-year-old Brian Edward Durst was killed while changing a tire in the emergency lane of I-75 Monday afternoon, July 14, 2014.

According to the Alpharetta Patch, Mr. Durst was changing a tire in the southbound emergency lane of I-75, near mile marker 198, just after 1:00pm Monday. Police believe a vehicle pulling a white boat and trailer passed by Mr. Durst as one of the trailer tires came loose. The tire fatally struck Mr. Durst.

Police are still searching for the driver. Authorities believe it is possible the driver was unaware the tire came loose at the time.

Our Legal Take

Trailer tragedies are becoming all too common across the U.S. A recent report shed light on the perils of trailers and the crucial need to properly inspect them before taking them on the road. The Murray Law Firm is now questioning whether Monday’s tragedy was a result of careless inspection or a catastrophic equipment malfunction:

What was the make and model of the boat trailer? Has this model had a history of issues with faulty tires? What is the maximum weight this model trailer can hold, according to manufacturer specifications? Did the boat exceed these weight restrictions? Were the trailer and boat properly connected to the vehicle, according to manufacturer guidelines and, if so, was the tire a result of missing or faulty equipment? Was speed a factor in the trailer wheel coming free? Does the trailer manual specify a maximum speed limit? Why didn’t the driver stop to assist Mr. Durst? Were speed, distraction or impairment factors?

As the answers to this investigation continue to emerge, the family of Brian Durst may elect to hold the driver civilly liable for the wrongful death of their family member. Additional claims may also be filed with the trailer manufacturer, should an equipment malfunction have contributed to this horrific accident. Such claims will serve as a grave reminder to all Georgia drivers on the need to meticulously inspect their trailers. Claims of this magnitude will also demand boat trailer manufacturers reevaluate trailer safety, making trailer equipment safer and putting safety stops in place to prohibit drivers from using the trailers without proper setup. Perhaps, through these legal claims, many other lives may be spared.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims and families devastated by driver and manufacturer negligence. We offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600.

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Cody Brantley Accident

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A truck driver is facing charges in the Winder, GA tractor trailer truck accident, which claimed the life of 29-year-old Cody Brantley Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

The AJC reports, Cody Brantley was traveling westbound in a pickup truck along Highway 316 when the Dodge 3500 in front of him slowed to a stop as it approached a mower straddling the westbound right lane and shoulder. Mr. Brantley also slowed as he approached the two vehicles. However, the tractor trailer traveling behind Mr. Brantley did not slow in time. It crashed into the rear end of Mr. Brantley’s pickup truck, forcing it into the rear of the Dodge 3500. Both the pickup truck and the tractor trailer overturned in the crash. Tragically, Mr. Brantley perished from injuries.

The driver of the Dodge 3500, Richard Shane Moore of Athens, was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center with injuries. His condition is unknown.

Police have charged the tractor-trailer driver with second-degree vehicular homicide and following too closely.

Our Legal Take

The crash comes only days before another tractor trailer truck driver fell asleep at the wheel, killing one man and injuring several others. Investigators have not announced why the Winder truck driver failed to stop in time and whether speed, distraction or sleep deprivation may have been factors.

Given that the tractor-trailer’s driver has been alleged to be criminally at fault in this accident, the family of Cody Brantley may seek to hold the tractor trailer driver civilly liable for his wrongful death. Further claims may also be filed with the trucking company and the owner and operator of the mower, should their negligence have contributed to this tragedy. Richard Moore may also elect to file claims for all injuries he sustained in the crash. Total claims may have a substantial value and would, more importantly, serve as a grave reminder to all truck drivers and trucking companies on the need to obey federal rest requirements, avoid distractions and share the road.

As unscrupulous trucking and insurance companies are often more concerned with limiting their financial exposure than providing for victims and their families, both Mr. Moore and the Brantley 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 works tirelessly to protect victims of catastrophic trucking accidents, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600.