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46-year-old Terence Strong was reportedly injured in a Savannah motorcycle accident Saturday evening, November 29, 2014.

According to the Savannah Morning News, Mr. Strong was riding a motorcycle northbound on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard when a southbound driver, attempting to turn left onto West Broughton Street, pulled into his path. Mr. Strong was transported to Memorial Hospital with injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle is allegedly facing charges in connection with the accident, including driving under the influence, failure to yield while turning left and serious injury by motor vehicle.

Our Legal Take

Within hours of Mr. Strong’s accident, another Georgia motorcyclist lost his life in a similar failure to yield accident.  The NHTSA warns, “Approximately one-half of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle [and] nearly 40 percent were caused by the other vehicle turning left in front of the motorcycle.”

Should the other driver be found criminally at fault for failing to yield and impaired driving, Mr. Strong may elect to file civil claims for his injuries. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, would send a gravely needed warning to Georgia drivers on the need to share our roadways and to look twice before turning or changing lanes. Perhaps, through improved motorcycle awareness education and tighter impaired driving laws and enforcement, many lives may be spared.

Unfortunately, insurance companies are often more concerned with limiting their financial exposure than protecting the long term medical needs of victims and their families. As such, photographs and a thorough, unbiased investigation of both vehicles and the the roadway will need to be performed on the victim’s behalf immediately before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Mr. Strong should retain an experienced personal injury firm without delay to ensure all evidence, such as traffic surveillance footage, is preserved and his best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of motorcycle accidents 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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24-year-old Terrance Hwang, of Marietta, was reportedly killed in a Buford Highway motorcycle accident Sunday, November 30, 2014.

According to The Marietta Daily Journal, Mr. Hwang was riding a motorcycle southbound on Buford Highway when a northbound SUV turned into his path. The SUV driver was allegedly trying to turn left into a driveway and failed to yield to the oncoming motorcycle. Per media reports, Mr. Hwang attempted to brake for the SUV, causing his motorcycle to flip onto its front tire and send him crashing into the SUV.

Mr. Hwang was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later succumbed to injuries. The SUV driver is facing charges of homicide by vehicle and failure to yield to the right of way, per Fulton police spokeswoman Kim Jones.

Our Legal Take

The NHTSA warns, “Approximately one-half of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle [and] nearly 40 percent were caused by the other vehicle turning left in front of the motorcycle.”

As the details of this tragedy continue to develop, the family of Mr. Hwang may elect to file civil claims in his wrongful death. Although legal proceedings are of little consequence to a grieving family, claims of this magnitude will serve as a gravely-needed reminder to all local drivers of the critical need to look twice, avoid distractions and share the road with motorcyclists.

Photographs of both vehicles and the roadway and a review of traffic surveillance footage will need to be performed immediately on the Hwang family’s behalf before any evidence is repaired, damaged or destroyed. As such, the Hwang family should retain an experienced personal injury firm as soon as practicable to ensure all evidence is preserved and their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims and families of catastrophic motorcycle accidents, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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21-year-old Hunter Army Air Field Soldier, Garrett Michael Sherley, is in critical condition after a motorcycle accident Sunday morning, November 2, 2014.

According to WTOC News, Mr. Sherley was traveling a motorcycle southbound on Paulsen Street when a Chevrolet Impala crossed his path at the 39th Street intersection, causing Mr. Sherley to lose control of his vehicle and skid through the intersection. Mr. Sherley reportedly struck the rear panel of the Impala. He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with critical injuries, around 11:15am.

Our Legal Take

Unfortunately, media coverage has focused on whether Mr. Sherley was speeding at the time of the crash rather than questioning why the Impala, who had a stop sign, was crossing the intersection in the motorcycle’s path. The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether distraction may have been a factor in the Impala driver’s apparent failure to either notice or yield to the Paulsen street traffic.

Multiple Stop Signs Mark 39th Street at the Paulsen Street Intersection

Multiple Stop Signs Mark 39th Street at the Paulsen Street Intersection

Per media reports, the Impala was traveling on 39th Street, which has a stop sign at the Paulsen Street intersection. Does traffic surveillance footage indicate whether the driver came to a full stop and looked for oncoming traffic?

Do cellphone records or traffic surveillance footage indicate whether the driver was engaged in distractive devices at the time of the crash?

As the details of this horrific crash continue to develop, and if the Impala driver is found to be at fault, the victim may elect to file civil claims for his injuries. Such claims will serve as a grave reminder to all local drivers of the critical need to share the road with motorcyclists.

The Sherley family should retain an experienced personal injury firm as soon as practicable to protect their interests and ensure an unbiased investigation. Photographs of the vehicles and roadways involved and a review of traffic surveillance footage and cellphone records will need to be performed immediately before any evidence is damaged or destroyed.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting families of catastrophic motorcycle accidents, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information is encouraged to contact us toll free at 912.385.9690. Consultations are free and confidential.

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