Articles Posted in Motorcycle Accidents

CarseatGeorgia and Tennessee state law enforcement officials confirm a spike in unrestrained motorist and passenger accidents. Sadly, these statistics extend to teens and young children who were injured or killed in accidents without being properly restrained.

The Murray Law Firm hopes this new data will serve as a grave reminder to all parents, drivers and passengers to buckle up.

News 12 reports:

Vehicle crashes involving unrestrained motorist and passengers are increasing in both Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia.

Georgia and Tennessee state law enforcement officials confirmed the statistics during a major press conference at Erlanger Medical Center.

“We’ve seen a spike in crashes. Interstates have seen a 22-percent increase in crashes this year,” said one Georgia State Trooper.

Within the 12-county Chattanooga district for the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the numbers are considered disturbing. 

Since 2012, more than 1,100 unrestrained people have been injured in crashes. 142 of those cases resulted in death. Hamilton County had the highest unrestrained fatalities with 33. 

Since January of this year, 86-unrestrained motorists and passengers were injured in crashes. 28-of those injures happened in Hamilton County. But those numbers mainly account for adults.

“We still see kids in our trauma unit that weren’t restrained properly or weren’t restrained at all,” Erlanger Trauma Surgeon Dr. Lisa Smith.

Georgia had nine straight years of reduced road fatalities. But this year, numbers have spiked.

“This year, we’re up almost 20-percent in the first quarter and it’s troubling,” said Georgia Governor Highway Safety Representative Harris Blackwood.

A great majority of those fatalities involve teenage drivers.

“We’ve buried too many of most valuable resources; our children. And many times they’ve done that because they were not wearing their seat belt,” Blackwood said.

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Local News

Charges are reportedly pending against the alleged hit and run driver who fatally struck a man on a motor scooter in Lawrenceville Monday evening, April 27, 2015.

According to Fox Atlanta, the northbound scooter operator was attempting to turn left into a Burger King restaurant on Grayson Highway, near Gwinnett Drive, when a southbound Jeep SUV struck him in a head-on collision. The driver of the scooter perished from injuries in the crash.

Witnesses apparently told police the Jeep driver looked down at the victim before fleeing the scene. Lawrenceville Police were reportedly able to find the Jeep SUV in a driveway less than a mile away. Vehicular homicide charges are pending, per media reports.

Our Legal Take

As police continue to investigate, The Murray Law Firm is questioning what factors, such as speed, distraction or impairment, may have contributed to this tragedy.

Why did the Jeep driver flee the scene? Do cellphone records, traffic surveillance footage and roadway markings indicate whether he was distracted or speeding at the time of the crash? Was a blood test performed on the Jeep driver immediately following his capture?

As the details of this accident continue to emerge, and if the Jeep driver is deemed to be at-fault, the family of the victim may seek to pursue a legal claim for negligence with the Jeep driver’s insurance carrier.  Negligence, under Georgia law, is generally defined as a lack of the degree of care which would have been exercised by an ordinarily prudent person under the same or similar circumstances.  Where negligence exists, the injured person or that person’s family may be entitled to an award of damages that could include, among other items, compensation for: pain and suffering; loss of wages and future earning capacity; loss of consortium; and, emotional distress.  If the facts of this matter warrant a negligence claim, it would not only be an avenue of justice for the victim’s family, but would also serve as a critically-needed message to all Georgia drivers on the need to look twice and share the road with scooters and motorcycles.

Based upon its prior experience in handling Georgia accident claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the victim’s family before any evidence may be repaired, altered, damaged or destroyed.  It is imperative that the victim’s family retain a local attorney well-versed in Georgia law immediately to ensure all evidence is preserved and their interests are protected.

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The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in representing victims of motor vehicle accidents in Georgia, and we offer our legal expertise in this potential claim, 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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Selecting the right attorney for you or your family is highly important. You must feel confident that the attorney you hire has a complete understanding of the law applicable to your particular case, and has successful experience in handling such cases.

Important: Do not hire a lawyer who has violated the Rules of Professional Conduct!!!

You should not hire an attorney who calls you or visits you unsolicited, or anyone that contacts you directly to offer legal services. This activity is strictly prohibited by Rule 7.3 of the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which states as follows:

ABA Center for Professional ResponsibilityA LAWYER “SHALL NOT” CONTACT A PROSPECTIVE CLIENT THROUGH A “LIVE TELEPHONE” OR AN “IN-PERSON” VISIT.

– RULE 7.3, ABA MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.

If an attorney, or someone acting on behalf of an attorney, contacts you in this manner, that attorney is in violation of this Rule. This unethical and unprofessional activity on the part of the lawyer is good sign that you should stay away. It is imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is capable of advocating for you within the confines of the law, and an attorney who fails to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct is probably not the best fit. In fact, any such attorney should be immediately reported to the local State Bar Association. If you have been contacted in such an unsolicited manner, contact us and we’ll assist you in filing a report.

 

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Habersham Street at Derrenne Avenue, Savannah

Habersham Street at Derrenne Avenue, Savannah

Local News

A motorcyclist was reportedly injured in a crash on Habersham Street Thursday night, April 9, 2015.

According to Savannah Morning News, a motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on Habersham Street when a westbound Ford Escort attempted to navigate a left turn onto Derrenne Avenue. The vehicles collided shortly after 9:00pm. The motorcyclist reportedly sustained injuries in the crash; the victim’s condition has not been released.

Our Legal Take

Advocates for motorcyclists’ rights at The Murray Law Firm are questioning what factors may have contributed to this 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.

As the details of this crash continue to emerge, and if the Escort driver is deemed to be at-fault, the injured motorcyclist may seek to pursue a legal claim for negligence with the Escort driver’s insurance carrier.  Negligence, under the law, is generally defined as a lack of the degree of care which would have been exercised by an ordinarily prudent person under the same or similar circumstances.  Where negligence exists, the injured person or that person’s family may be entitled to an award of damages that could include, among other items, compensation for: pain and suffering; past and future medical expenses; loss of wages and future earning capacity; loss of consortium; disfigurement; and, mental anguish.  If the facts of this matter warrant a negligence claim, it would not only be an avenue of justice for the injured victim, but would also serve as a critically-needed warning to all Georgia drivers to look twice and share our roadways with motorcyclists.

Based upon its prior experience in handling motorcycle accident claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene and the vehicles involved will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the victim before any evidence may be repaired, altered, damaged or destroyed. It is imperative that all evidence be preserved to protect the best interests of the victim.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive and sucessful experience in representing victims of motor vehicle accidents, and we offer our legal expertise in this potential claim, if desired.  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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