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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx (DOT)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx (DOT)

The Department of Transportation has released a new work zone safety campaign, urging drivers to “expect the unexpected.”

The new campaign launches during National Work Zone Awareness week and reminds drivers that work zones may change frequently from one day to the next, posing risks for both motorists and work zone employees if drivers are distracted or not paying attention.

The Augusta Chronicle reports:

Since 1973, 57 Georgia DOT employees have died in work zones, but motorists and their passengers are actually more likely to be killed or injured in work zones, according to a news release.

Since National Work Zone Awareness Week – an annual campaign sponsored by federal, state and local transportation officials – began in 1999, national work zone fatalities have decreased by 34 percent.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, in 2013 there were 579 work zone traffic-related fatalities, 29,000 work zone injuries and 105 worker fatalities. All of the categories were decreases from the previous year.

Last year the Georgia DOT had no employee work zone fatalities, but there were 20 total work zone fatalities.

“While we are pleased that we have not lost a GDOT employee in a work zone related crash this past year, the loss of 20 lives is 20 too many,” Commissioner Russell McMurray said. “I implore the public to be mindful of our workers and to pay strict attention when driving, not just today, but every day, especially in work zones.”

When going through work zones, drivers are expected to remain alert, minimize distractions, not tailgate or speed, pay attention to signs and obey road crew flaggers.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly for victims and families devastated by work zone accidents and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Moreland Avenue at Gracewood Avenue

Moreland Avenue at Gracewood Avenue

Local News

Police are investigating the fatal Mooreland Avenue accident, which claimed the life of 28-year-old Shantha Poole and injured several others Saturday, March 7, 2015.

According to the Atlanta Public Safety Examiner, Ms. Poole was traveling northbound in a Kia Optima on Moreland Avenue, near Gracewood Avenue, shortly before 1:30am Saturday morning. A southbound Dodge Ram pickup truck allegedly veered into the northbound lane, striking Ms. Poole’s Kia in a head-on collision.

Ms. Poole perished at the scene, per media reports. Her passenger was transported to Grady Memorial with serious injuries. The two occupants of the Dodge Ram were also taken to the hospital for injuries. Their conditions have not been released.

The APD Accident Response Team is currently investigating what caused the Dodge Ram to cross into the northbound lane. Authorities have not yet announced whether distraction, impairment or speed are considered a factor in this tragedy. No charges have yet been filed.

Our Legal Take

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. 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 tragedy continue to emerge, and if the southbound driver is deemed to be at-fault, the family of Shantha Poole may elect to pursue a legal claim against the southbound driver’s insurance carrier. Such claims would serve as a grave reminder to all Atlanta drivers on the need to adhere to speed limits, avoid distractions and keep our roadways safe.

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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Ogeechee Road Railroad Overpass

Ogeechee Road Railroad Overpass

L0cal News

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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