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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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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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