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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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21-year-old Christian Jofre was reportedly injured in a North Westover Boulevard motorcycle accident in Albany Sunday evening, September 21, 2014.

According to the Albany Herald, Mr. Jofre was riding his motorcycle southbound on North Westover Boulevard when the driver of a Ford F-150 truck allegedly pulled out of the Homerood Foods parking lot into his path. Mr. Jofre reportedly laid down his motorcycle to avoid a collision, but the bike slid underneath the truck. The truck ran over Mr. Jofre and apparently fled the scene.

Mr. Jofre was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital with injuries. He was last reported in fair condition.

Our Legal Take

The NHTSA warns, half of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle and nearly 40 percent of those accidents are caused by a vehicle turning in front of the motorcyclist. This latest crash should serve as a much-needed wake up call to the Albany community on the need to share our roadways with motorcyclists.

The Murray Law Firm is following the accident closely and questions what factors may have contributed to the driver’s failure to stop for the injured motorcyclist and what investigators are doing to track down the hit and run driver.

Why did the driver fail to notice or stop for the approaching motorcycle prior to the crash? Do cellphone records and traffic surveillance footage indicate whether the driver was distracted?

Why did the driver flee the scene instead of helping the injured motorcyclist? Was the driver operating under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medications at the time of the crash?

Have police examined Homerun Foods parking lot and traffic surveillance footage to find the hit and run driver? 

Should the truck driver be found at fault in this accident, Mr. Jofre may elect to hold the driver civilly liable for his injuries. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, will serve to spread public awareness of motorcycle safety. Given the staggering number of motorcycle fatalities across the state, drivers must learn to stay alert, avoid distractions and share the roadways with motorcyclists.

The Jofre family should retain an experienced personal injury firm without delay to ensure all evidence relating to the crash, such as traffic surveillance footage, is preserved and their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of negligent and distracted drivers and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 229.389.4900. Consultations are free and confidential.

 

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Kenneth Tarczewksi Motorcycle Accident, Columbus (WTVM)

Kenneth Tarczewksi Motorcycle Accident, Columbus (WTVM)

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Kenneth Tarczewski, of Dallas, GA, was killed in a fatal Columbus motorcycle accident Friday morning, September 19, 2014.

According to WTVM reports, Mr. Tarczewksi was riding on Victory drive with his wife and other motorcyclists around 9:00am Friday morning. An SUV driver allegedly ran a red light and changed lanes near the motorcyclists, causing Mr. Tarczewksi to fall and slide underneath the vehicle.

Witnesses told media that the SUV driver proceeded for some 25 yards before stopping. Passing motorists, including several Fort Benning soldiers, apparently attempted to free Mr. Tarczewksi from beneath the vehicle and perform CPR. Tragically, he perished from injuries.

The SUV driver is now facing charges, including vehicular homicide and a red light violation.

Our Legal Take

The NHTSA warns, “Approximately one-half of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle.” This latest crash should serve as a much-needed wake up call to Georgia drivers on the need to stay alert and share our roadways with motorcyclists.

The Murray Law Firm is following media reports of the accident closely and questions whether impairment or distraction were factors in the driver’s failure to stop for a red light and for failing to stop immediately upon striking Mr. Tarczewksi.

The driver allegedly allegedly proceeded for approximately 25 yards before coming to a stop. Why didn’t the driver stop upon first striking the victim? Were impairment or distraction factors in the driver’s failure to notice or stop?

Was a blood test performed at the scene and, if so, do results indicate whether the driver was under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medications at the time of the accident?

Do cellphone records and traffic surveillance footage indicate whether distraction may have been a factor in the driver’s alleged failure to stop at a red light and subsequent fatal accident?

Given that the driver is apparently facing criminal charges in this accident, the family of Mr. Tarczewksi may elect to hold the driver civilly liable in his wrongful death. Total claims may be substantial and will serve to spread public awareness of motorcycle safety. Given the staggering number of motorcycle fatalities across the state, drivers must learn to share the road with motorcyclists and avoid distractions.

The family of Mr. Tarczewksi should retain a personal injury attorney as soon as practicable to ensure all evidence relating to the crash, such as traffic surveillance footage, is preserved and their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of 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.

 

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