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Highway 29 Delivery Van Accident (Jefrey Leo/The Newnan Times-Herald)

Highway 29 Bridge Accident (The Newnan Times-Herald)

Local News

The driver of a delivery van was reportedly injured when a tractor trailer attempted to pass a low clearance bridge on Highway 29 in Grantville Saturday afternoon, November 1, 2014.

According to The Newnan Times-Herald, an eastbound tractor trailer attempted to pass under a railroad bridge when the backhoe it was transporting struck the trestle and fell from the truck. A dislocated backhoe wheel apparently rolled into oncoming westbound traffic, colliding with a delivery van.

The delivery van driver reportedly suffered severe injuries during the crash. He was airlifted to the hospital shortly after 12:30pm. His current condition has not been released.

Grantville resident, Patti Palmer, allegedly told media the bridge has “caused problems” in the past due to the steep angle the road hits the train trestle on one side. Several other local residents also commented on clearance issues with the bridge on the Newnan Times-Herald Facebook page.

Our Legal Take

Given the alleged history of accidents at this bridge, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether railroad or city officials have attempted to remedy this potentially fatal stretch of roadway.

Does the train trestle meet government railway regulations and highway safety requirements? Following previous accidents, what actions were taken by city and railroad officials to examine the safety of this passing, particularly on the side of the angled roadway?

Is the bridge clearance properly marked and does this measurement allow for the elevated roadway at one end? Was the tractor trailer driver aware of his vehicle and cargo height at the time of the accident?

Should the tractor trailer driver be found at fault for failing to heed proper clearance requirements, the injured victim and his family may elect to hold the truck owner and operator civilly liable for his injuries. Given the history of accidents at this intersection, additional charges may also be filed with the railway should their negligence have contributed to this accident. Finally, if the delivery van driver was working at the time of the accident, he and his family are almost certainly entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits per Georgia law.

Total recovery may be in the millions of dollars and will demand highway and railroad officials reevaluate the safety of this passing. Claims of this magnitude will also send a much-needed message to trucking companies throughout the state on the need for their drivers to know clearance requirements of their vehicles and cargo prior to driving on public roadways.

Given the complexity of this case, the injured victim and his family should retain a firm experienced in both personal injury and workers’ compensation immediately to ensure all evidence is preserved and their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of catastrophic 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. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Forsyth and Tucker Roads, Macon

Forsyth and Tucker Roads, Macon

Local News

23-year-old Gerald Butler reportedly suffered critical injuries in a car accident with an alleged DUI driver early Sunday morning, November 2, 2014.

According to The Macon Telegraph, Mr. Butler was headed northbound at the intersection of Forsyth and Tucker roads when the driver of a southbound Ford Explorer Sport collided into him. Mr. Butler was reportedly transported to the hospital with critical injuries. His current condition has not been released.

The driver of the Explorer was reportedly uninjured. He is allegedly facing charges, including driving under the influence and serious injury by motor vehicle.

Our Legal Take

The Murray Law Firm is following the accident closely. Advocates for the victims of impaired drivers, the firm believes Mr. Butler may elect to hold the allegedly impaired driver civilly liable for his injuries. Claims of this magnitude will send a gravely needed message to Georgia drivers on the perils of impaired driving. Such claims will also call on local and state officials to crack down on impaired drivers and impaired driving education programs throughout the Macon area.

As insurance companies are all too often more concerned with limiting their own financial exposure than protecting the long-term needs of victims, it is crucial Mr. Butler retain an experienced personal injury firm without delay to ensure all evidence, such as blood test results and traffic surveillance footage, is preserved and his best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of impaired drivers and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 478.246.1010. Consultations are free and confidential.

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(Fox Atlanta)

(Fox Atlanta)

Local News

A runaway trailer reportedly collided with an SUV on State Road 92, claiming the life 25-year-old Tiphanie Fletcher.

According to Fox Atlanta, Ms. Fletcher was traveling southbound on State Road 92, south of Fayetteville, when a trailer carrying a home gym came unhitched from a Chevy Silverado pickup truck. The trailer apparently veered into the southbound lanes, striking Ms. Fletcher’s SUV on the driver side door and forcing it into a tree. Ms. Fletcher later succumbed to injuries.

Investigators are also looking specifically at trailer hitch ball, which they allege may have been too small for the trailer. Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb reportedly told media “simple precautions could have prevented the tragedy that took the young mother’s life, such as using safety chains.”

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 this tragedy was a result of careless inspection or a catastrophic equipment malfunction:

What was the make and model of the trailer? Does this model have a history of faulty hitches? Investigators are focusing on the pickup ball hitch. Did a ball hitch malfunction contribute to this crash?

What is the maximum weight this model trailer and ball hitch can hold, according to manufacturer specifications? Did the home gym exceed these weight restrictions?

Do manufacturer guidelines provide consumers with accurate ball hitch size requirements to fit securely and, if so, did the operator use the correct size ball hitch for this trailer? 

Did the trailer come with safety chains to prevent a lose trailer from veering off into traffic and, if so, were these chains used properly?

As the answers to this investigation continue to emerge, the family of Tiphanie Fletcher may elect to hold the driver civilly liable for her wrongful death. Additional claims may also be filed with the trailer and ball hitch manufacturers, 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 trailer and ball hitch 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. Consultations are free and confidential.

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