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41-year-old Jessica Renee Smith, of Sautee Nacoochee, was reportedly killed in a fatal I-85 accident involving an SUV and tractor trailer on Monday, October 6, 2014.

WTVM News reports Ms. Smith was traveling as a passenger in a northbound PT Cruiser on I-85 in Auburn, shortly before 4:00pm Monday afternoon. The driver of the PT Cruiser apparently slowed to pass a stopped tractor trailer in the right lane when it was rear ended by a Toyota Highlander, forcing the PT Cruiser under the the tractor trailer. Ms. Smith perished at the scene, per media reports. The PT Cruiser driver was reportedly airlifted to a trauma hospital with injuries.

Witnesses report the tractor trailer was stopped due to an earlier accident at the Exit 51 ramp. Police are still investigating the cause of the initial rear end collision and have not announced whether the driver of the Highlander will face charges.

Our Legal News

The Murray Law Firm is following the accident closely and questioning what factors, such as distraction or speed, may have lead to this tragedy.

Why did the Highlander driver fail to stop or slow for slowing traffic as it approached the oncoming accident? Do cellphone records and traffic surveillance indicate whether the driver was engaged in distractive devices?

Did excessive speed or impairment contribute to the driver’s inability to slow or stop for the PT Cruiser in time?

Should the driver of the Highlander be found at fault for distracted or negligent driving, the family of Ms. Smith may elect to file civil claims for her wrongful death. The driver of the PT Cruiser may also elect to hold the driver civilly liable for his injuries. Claims of this magnitude will send a much-needed message to all Georgia drivers on the perils of distracted driving.

Photographs and a thorough inspection of all involved vehicles will need to be performed immediately before any evidence may be damaged or destroyed. The injured victim and the Smith 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 has extensive experience in protecting victims of distracted, impaired and negligent drivers and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 706.494.2800. Consultations are free and confidential.

 

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Tractor Trailer Accident I-85, Newnan

Tractor Trailer Accident I-85, Newnan

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The driver of a tractor trailer truck, carrying a shipment of canned yams, was reportedly injured after his vehicle overturned along I-85 Tuesday morning, September 16, 2014.

The Newnan Times-Herald reports, emergency crews were called to the scene of an overturned tractor trailer accident on I-85 near Newnan, two miles south of exit 47.

The driver was apparently found trapped inside the smoldering vehicle, suffering lacerations to his head. He was transported by ambulance to Grady Memorial hospital in Atlanta, where he is reportedly in stable condition.

Our Legal Take

The Murray Law Firm is following the crash closely and questioning whether another driver or mechanical malfunction may have forced the vehicle off the roadway.

If the driver was working at the time of the crash he is almost certainly entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits per Georgia law. Additional claims may also be filed with any other drivers involved, as well as the vehicle and equipment manufacturers, should their negligence or a malfunction have contributed to the accident. Total claims may be substantial and would send a grave message to drivers on the need to share roads with tractor trailers, allowing proper space when passing and changing lanes.

As employers and insurance companies are often more concerned with their financial exposure and returning employees to work quickly, rather than the long-term medical care of their employees, the driver should retain an experienced workers’ compensation firm without delay to ensure their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of catastrophic trucking accidents and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. 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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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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