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Linwood Gantt, Jr. Accident I-75 (Macon Telegraph)

Linwood Gantt, Jr. Accident I-75 (Macon Telegraph)

66-year-old Linwood Gantt, Jr. was killed in an I-75 accident with a disabled tractor trailer Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

According to The Macon Telegraph, Mr. Gantt was traveling northbound in a utility vehicle on I-75, south of Hartley Bridge Road, shortly before 10:00am Wednesday morning. He came upon a disabled tractor trailer stopped in the middle of the highway. Mr. Gantt was unable to stop or swerve in time and drove directly into the back of the tractor trailer.

Witness Brandon Thompson was driving directly behind Mr. Gantt at the time of the accident. She told officers she did not see any hazard lights as she approached the disabled Nestle company truck and did not realize it was stopped until Mr. Gantt crashed his utility truck into the back of the tractor trailer. Ms. Brandon was able to slow to a stop behind him. She and emergency crews tried to assist Mr. Gantt. Tragically, he perished at the scene.

Officers are still investigating why the Nestle truck was left disabled in the roadway without hazard lights. Ms. Thompson believes the tractor trailer may have struck part of another truck left on the highway.

Our Legal Take

The Murray Law Firm is following the accident closely and questions why the Nestle truck was stopped in the middle of a highway, apparently without caution signals.

Was the vehicle disabled due to a mechanical malfunction and, if so, when did the Nestle company last inspect and service the vehicle?

What attempts, if any, were made by the Nestle truck driver to warn approaching vehicles prior to the accident? Were hazard lights on, caution triangles placed behind the vehicle, police called? What guidelines and training does Nestle provide to their drivers to handle dangerous situations, such as this?

Was part of another vehicle abandoned in the roadway and, if so, what attempts were made by that driver to have the vehicle safely removed and flagged?

Should the operator of the Nestle truck be found at fault, the family of Linwood Gantt, Jr. may elect to hold the operator civilly liable for his wrongful death. Should previous vehicle debris have contributed to the tractor trailer’s break-down, additional claims may be filed against the operator of that vehicle. Additionally, claims may be filed with the Nestle corporation, should poor vehicle maintenance or a lack of vehicle inspections and driver emergency training have contributed to this tragedy. Finally, if Mr. Gantt was working at the time of his death, his family would almost certainly be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits as well.

Given the complexity and magnitude of these claims, it is imperative the Gantt family seek an experienced personal injury and workers’ compensation firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and their best interests are protected. Corporations and insurance companies are often more concerned with limiting their financial exposure than protecting victims and their families.

Photographs and a thorough inspection of the tractor trailer, road debris and traffic surveillance footage will need to be performed on behalf of the family immediately, before any evidence, such as a mechanical maintenance issue, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of trucking company negligence and catastrophic work-related accidents. We offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 478.246.1010.

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Truck Warning25-year-old Clayton Goolsby was killed Monday, July 14, 2014, in a fatal log truck accident on GA 22 near Milledgeville, GA.

According to The Macon Telegraph, Mr. Goolsby, of Fort Valley, was traveling eastbound in a Chevrolet pickup truck when a westbound log truck entered a curve near Stembridge Road. The logs shifted, causing the trailer to over tun onto Mr. Goolsby’s pickup. Mr. Goolsby perished at the scene.

Postal delivery worker, Kim Dann, witnessed the logs coming loose and had to veer into a nearby driveway to avoid being hit. Another witness, Jennifer McMahon, commented, “My husband and I had been traveling behind this truck for 30 miles and I made sure to keep a mile distance between us….”

The accident has raised serious concerns over safety standards of trucking and logging companies in the area.

Our Legal Take

While charges have not yet been filed in this tragedy, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether speed, mechanical malfunction or a lack of safety regulations may have contributed to this crash.

Did the log truck undergo a weight and safety inspection prior to travel? Did the cargo weight and position meet safety regulations? Were the straps used correctly and, if so, was their failure to properly handle the load due to an equipment malfunction? Did the tractor trailer itself suffer a mechanical malfunction and, if so, when was the vehicle last inspected? 

How fast was the log truck traveling as it navigated the turn? Did excessive speed on a corner cause the shift in weight?

As the details of this tragedy continue to emerge, the family of Mr. Goolsby may elect to file civil claims with the logging company,  trucking company and the truck operator. Further claims may also be filed with the manufacturer of the truck and safety straps, should a catastrophic malfunction have contributed to this horrific accident. Of course, legal proceedings are of little importance to a grieving family, however, claims of this magnitude will demand trucking and logging companies reevaluate safety standards, vehicle and cargo inspection procedures  and driver training.

Photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection will need to be performed immediately before any evidence may be damaged or destroyed. The Goolsby family should retain an experienced personal injury attorney 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 trucking company negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 478.246.1010.

 

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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.