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Ogeechee Road Railroad Overpass

Ogeechee Road Railroad Overpass

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21-year-old Latroya Williams and 22-year-old Altovise Christina Thomas were reportedly injured in a motor scooter accident Friday evening, February 20, 2015.

According to Connect Savannah, Ms. Williams and Ms. Thomas were traveling a motorized scooter northbound on Ogeechee Road when a Chrysler Town & Country minivan struck them from behind. The minivan was reportedly changing lanes behind the scooter when the crash occurred, shortly before 10:30pm Friday.

Both victims were transported to Memorial University Medical Center with apparently non-life threatening injuries. Their conditions have not been released.

Our Legal Take

As police continue to investigate, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether distraction, speed or impairment may have been factors in the crash.

Why did the minivan driver fail to notice, swerve or slow  for the oncoming scooter? Do cellphone records and traffic surveillance footage indicate whether the minivan driver was engaged in texting or other distractions at the time of the accident?

Was a blood test performed at the scene, immediately following the crash and, if so, do results indicate whether the driver was operating under the influence of alcohol, medication or drugs?

The speed limit on Ogeechee Road is 45mph. How fast was the minivan traveling at the time of the accident? 

As the details of this investigation continue to emerge, and should the minivan driver be found at fault, Ms. Williams and Ms. Thomas may elect to pursue legal action against the minivan driver’s insurance carrier for their injuries. Claims of this magnitude would send a much-needed message to all local drivers on the need to stay alert and share our roadways with scooters, bicycles and motorcycles.

Unfortunately, insurance companies are often more concerned with limiting their financial exposure than providing victims with the long-term medical care and compensation they deserve. As such, both Ms. Williams and Ms. Thomas should retain an experienced personal injury firm immediately to ensure all evidence, such as cellphone records and traffic surveillance footage, is preserved and their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of motor vehicle accidents such as this one and we offer our legal assistance, 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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Rockbridge Road at Walnut Creek, Lilburn GA

Rockbridge Road at Walnut Creek, Lilburn GA

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37-year-old Nasir Beyan was one of two drivers reportedly killed in a fatal crash on Rockbridge Road in Lilburn early Monday morning, February 23, 2015.

According to the AJC, Mr. Beyan, of Tucker, was traveling westbound on Rockbridge Road in a Honda Accord when he was struck head-on by an eastbound Nissan Maxima. Gwinnett County Police report, the eastbound driver “failed to maintain his lane, crossing over a center turning lane and entering the path” of Mr. Beyan.

Tragically, both drivers perished at the scene, around 4:30am Monday morning.

Our Legal Take

Authorities have not yet announced whether distraction is considered a factor in this tragedy. However, the accident comes amid Department of Transportation and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration warnings that distracted driving has reached “dangerous epidemic” proportions on America’s roadways. Sadly, drivers under the age of 20, are ranked as the group most likely to be involved in a fatal distracted driving crash, per DOT and NHTSA reports. The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether distraction may have been a factor in this fatal crash:

Do cellphone records and traffic surveillance footage reveal whether texting or other distractions may have been a factor in this fatal accident?

As the details of this tragic accident continue to emerge, and if the eastbound driver is deemed to be at-fault, the family of Nasir Beyan may elect to pursue a legal claim against the eastbound driver’s insurance carrier.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of motor vehicle accidents such as this one and we offer our legal expertise, if desired. 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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A fatal ambulance accident on Highway 34, in Newnan, reportedly claimed the life of 45-year-old Tracy Thomas early Wednesday morning, February 18, 2015.

The Newnan Times-Herald reports, a Coweta County EMS ambulance was traveling eastbound on Highway 34, near Chatsworth Place, when the vehicle veered onto the north shoulder of the road and hit a ditch. The ambulance apparently continued to strike a second ditch, sending it airborne into a power pole, and causing the vehicle to overturn. Patient Tracy Thomas was reportedly being transported in the ambulance with non-life threatening injuries at the time of the accident.

Two paramedics reportedly suffered injuries in the accident. A 39-year-old medic, who was treating Tracy Thomas in the back of the ambulance at the time of the accident, was transported to the hospital by helicopter, per media reports. The 41-year-old driver was transported by ground ambulance.

It is unclear what caused the fatal accident. The ambulance involved was a Coweta County EMS vehicle, however, both paramedics are reportedly employees of American Medical Response. Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Reconstruction Team is currently investigating. Tracey Watson, of the Department of Public Safety, allegedly told media charges are pending.

Our Legal Take

As police continue to investigate this horrific accident, The Murray Law Firm is questioning what factors, such as vehicle malfunction, weather, speed, or road debris, may have contributed to this tragedy.

Was the vehicle’s failure to maintain lanes a result of operator error, an equipment failure or tire malfunction? When was the ambulance last inspected?

Does traffic surveillance footage indicate whether road debris, speed or weather may have been factors in this crash?

How fast was the vehicle traveling at the time of the accident and was this speed in accordance with protocol set forth by American Medical Response?

Should the vehicle owner, manufacturer or operator be found at fault, the family of Tracy Thomas may elect to pursue a legal claim against the at-fault party and the involved insurance carriers.  Photographs and a thorough inspection of the vehicle and any surveillance footage will need to be performed immediately to preserve such evidence. Given the complexity of this case and the multiple parties involved, all victims and their families should retain an experienced personal injury firm to ensure that their interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in representing families devastated by catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise to those involved. 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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