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March 6, 2014

Riverside Military Cadet Mingyu Gao Struck, Killed on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Duluth

18-year-old RMA Cadet, Mingyu Gao, succumbed to injuries this week, following a Friday evening pedestrian accident on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Duluth, February 28, 2014.

According to The Gainesville Times, Mr. Gao, a Riverside Military Academy cadet, was crossing Peachtree Industrial Boulevard with another RMA student when they were struck by a vehicle. Both students were rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center, where Mr. Gao tragically succumbed to injuries on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The other young victim has been released.

Advocates for pedestrian rights and personal injury attorneys at The Murray Law Firm are following this tragedy and question whether distraction or speed were factors in the driver's failure to notice these young students.

Why did the driver fail to notice the two students? Was the driver engaged in texting or other distractions at the time of the accident?

How fast was the vehicle traveling? Did speed play a role in the driver's inability to stop or swerve in time?

As the details of this accident continue to emerge, the family of Mingyu Gao may elect to hold the driver civilly liable for his wrongful death. Such a claim would serve as a gravely needed reminder to all Georgia drivers of the perils of distracted driving. Additional claims may also be filed by the other young victim of this crash. Total recovery may be in the millions of dollars and will demand Duluth officials re-evaluate pedestrian safety measures in this area. Through improved street lighting, pedestrian lanes and caution signals, many other lives may be spared.

Our sincere condolences are with the Gao family. The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims and families devasted by distracted drivers and we offer our legal expertise, if needed.

Anyone seeking legal representation or further information is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600.


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February 19, 2014

Family May Seek Justice in Death of 2-Year-Old Girl Struck, Killed by Daycare Van

The family and neighbors of 2-year-old, Brandy, are coming together amid tragedy to remember the life of the sweet young girl taken from them much too early.

Brandy Daycare Van Accident.jpgAccording to Atlanta Channel 9 News, a daycare van stopped to drop off children in a residential neighborhood off Metropolitan Parkway Tuesday afternoon, February 18, 2014. After letting the children off, the driver then backed up, striking a young toddler who had been standing behind the vehicle. The 2-year-old girl was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital where she later succumbed to injuries.

Family and neighbors held a candlelit vigil Tuesday evening to celebrate Brandy's life as they mourn her passing. "We will miss her very much," offered an emotional Bennie Jackson, recalling his granddaughter's "sweet personality."

The tragedy has left a community grief-stricken and raised several concerns over daycare driver training and the safety regulation of daycare transport vehicles:

Did the daycare van meet safety standards as a child transport vehicle? When was the vehicle last inspected and updated for passenger safety? Was the vehicle equipped with mirrors, reverse cameras, back-up sensors and reverse signals?

Did the daycare provide proper safety training and certification for the driver charged with the care and transport of children? Considering the driver had just released children into a residential neighborhood, what efforts were made to check and clear the area around the vehicle prior to reversing?

As the details of this tragedy continue to emerge, Brandy's family may elect to hold the owner and operator of the daycare van civilly liable in her wrongful death. Such a claim may be in the millions of dollars and would, most importantly, demand local and state officials re-evaluate the safety regulation of daycare transport vehicles and the certification of daycare drivers. Perhaps, by mandating proper driver training and vehicle safety equipment, thousands of young lives may be spared.

The Murray Law Firm protects young victims and families left devastated by daycare and driver negligence and was particularly saddened to learn of the loss of such a young child. Our sincere condolences and prayers are with Brandy's family and we offer our legal expertise, if needed.

Anyone seeking legal representation or further information is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600.


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