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(Channel 11 WTOC)

(WTOC 11 News)

37-year-old Consuela Wilson was killed in a multi-vehicle accident, involving a school bus, on Cove Street in Hinesville Wednesday morning, September 10, 2014.

According to WTOC News, a man driving an Oldsmobile along Cove Street fell asleep at the wheel and veered into the center lane where a Liberty County school bus was turning onto Cove Street. The Oldsmobile driver apparently woke after striking the school bus bumper and overcorrected,  steering into oncoming traffic and striking Consuela Wilson’s Saturn in a head-on collision around 6:45am Wednesday.

Ms. Wilson, of Jesup, was reportedly airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center, where she later succumbed to injuries. The Oldsmobile driver apparently suffered non-life threatening injuries during the crash.

The accident comes amid FDA and media reports on the prolonged risks of sleep aids, particularly for drivers. The New York Times recently highlighted FDA warnings in their sleep aid report:

“The F.D.A. is looking at the data as it comes out and making sure we understand that many sleeping pills are not as benign as we assume,” said Dr. Daniel J. Carlat, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts University. “Lower doses can prevent next-day sleepiness and head off big problems, like car accidents.”

The Oldsmobile driver is allegedly facing multiple charges, including failure to exercise due care, failure to maintain lane and driving on the wrong side of the roadway.  Police report additional charges may be pending following their investigation.

Our Legal Take

The Murray Law Firm is following media updates of this accident closely and questions whether medications, such as sleep aids, alcohol or drugs may have been factors in this tragedy.

Were blood tests performed immediately following the accident and, if so, did they indicate whether medications, drugs or alcohol may have contributed to this accident?

Was the Oldsmobile driver using prescription sleep aids in the hours or days leading up to the accident?

As the driver is allegedly facing criminal charges in this accident, the family of Consuela Wilson may elect to hold his insurance civilly liable in her wrongful death.  If the driver was under the prolonged influence of a sleep aid at the time of the crash, additional claims may also be filed with the pharmaceutical company, should their negligence have contributed to this accident. Of course, legal proceedings are of little consequence to a grieving family. However, claims of this magnitude will send a clearly-needed message to all Georgia drivers on the need to avoid sleep deprivation and sleep medications while driving. Perhaps, through these claims, many other lives may be spared.

The Wilson 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 sleep deprived and impaired drivers and 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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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.