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.