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(Fox Atlanta)

(Fox Atlanta)

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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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41-year-old Jessica Renee Smith, of Sautee Nacoochee, was reportedly killed in a fatal I-85 accident involving an SUV and tractor trailer on Monday, October 6, 2014.

WTVM News reports Ms. Smith was traveling as a passenger in a northbound PT Cruiser on I-85 in Auburn, shortly before 4:00pm Monday afternoon. The driver of the PT Cruiser apparently slowed to pass a stopped tractor trailer in the right lane when it was rear ended by a Toyota Highlander, forcing the PT Cruiser under the the tractor trailer. Ms. Smith perished at the scene, per media reports. The PT Cruiser driver was reportedly airlifted to a trauma hospital with injuries.

Witnesses report the tractor trailer was stopped due to an earlier accident at the Exit 51 ramp. Police are still investigating the cause of the initial rear end collision and have not announced whether the driver of the Highlander will face charges.

Our Legal News

The Murray Law Firm is following the accident closely and questioning what factors, such as distraction or speed, may have lead to this tragedy.

Why did the Highlander driver fail to stop or slow for slowing traffic as it approached the oncoming accident? Do cellphone records and traffic surveillance indicate whether the driver was engaged in distractive devices?

Did excessive speed or impairment contribute to the driver’s inability to slow or stop for the PT Cruiser in time?

Should the driver of the Highlander be found at fault for distracted or negligent driving, the family of Ms. Smith may elect to file civil claims for her wrongful death. The driver of the PT Cruiser may also elect to hold the driver civilly liable for his injuries. Claims of this magnitude will send a much-needed message to all Georgia drivers on the perils of distracted driving.

Photographs and a thorough inspection of all involved vehicles will need to be performed immediately before any evidence may be damaged or destroyed. The injured victim and the Smith 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, impaired 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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Fatal Accident at Mud Road and Highway 119 (WTOC)

Fatal Accident at Mud Road and Highway 119 (WTOC)

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75-year-old Jestine Roberson was reportedly killed in a fatal crash involving a church van on Mud Road and Highway 119 Friday, September 27, 2014.

According to WTOC reports, a vehicle ran the stop sign at the Mud Road and Highway 119 intersection around 7:00pm Friday evening. That driver apparently struck and overturned a church van carrying four passengers. Jestine Roberson, of Brooklet, reportedly perished from injuries at the scene. Three others were airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center with serious injuries.

Georgia State Patrol’s SCRT team is investigating the crash. Charges are allegedly pending against the at-fault driver.

Our Legal Take

The Murray Law Firm is following the accident closely and questions whether distraction, impairment or speed may have been factors in this tragedy.

Why did the driver fail to notice or stop for the stop sign? Did he also fail to notice the multiple junction and stop-ahead warning signs as he approached the intersection? Do cellphone records and traffic surveillance footage indicate whether the driver was texting or otherwise distracted at the time of the crash?

Were blood tests taken immediately following the accident and, if so, do these results indicate whether the driver was operating under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medications?

How fast was the driver traveling when he struck the church van with enough force to overturn the vehicle? Did excessive speed contribute to his failure to stop in time?

Should the driver be found at fault for distracted driving or excessive speed, the family of Jestine Roberson may elect to hold the driver civilly liable for her wrongful death. The other victims of this crash may also file civil claims for the injuries they suffered.

Of course, legal proceedings are of little consequence to a grieving family. However, claims of this magnitude would, most importantly, send a grave message to all Georgia drivers on the perils of distracted and impaired driving. Such claims would also call on local law enforcement and officials to reevaluate the enforcement of distracted driving laws and education programs. Perhaps, through these legal claims, many other lives may be spared.

The Roberson family and the injured victims of this crash should retain an experienced personal injury firm without delay to ensure all evidence, such as cellphone records, are preserved and their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of distracted, impaired and negligent drivers. We offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 912.385.9690. Consultations are free and confidential.

 

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