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Gas stations are often targets for criminal activity due to (frequently) late hours of operation, accessibility to major roadways, and vulnerable patrons.

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) warns, “the unique setting allows thieves to catch their victims by complete surprise — when they are pumping gas or paying their tab inside the station.”

Given these risks, gas station owners and managers must take steps to protect patrons and deter any foreseeable crime.

Gas Station Owners and Managers: Safety Checklist

  • Has there been prior criminal activity on or near property? If so, what additional security measures could be implemented to reduce such crime on property in the future?
  • Are all security features, such as lighting, fencing and surveillance cameras, in place and working?
  • Is the gas station properly staffed with enough employees to both assist patrons and monitor the property?
  • Is a security guard or off-duty police officer visibly stationed on the premises?
  • Does the gas station provide bright lighting at all service areas?
  • Are the gas pumps, air pressure tanks, and other service areas clearly visible to gas station employees?
  • Do employees utilize a bulletproof pass-through window for late-night cash transactions?

Victims of Gas Station Violence: Know Your Rights

Gas station patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, Georgia property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm.

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Local News

A new Fulton County ordinance looks to increase gas station security in high-crime establishments. FOX 5 reports, “[t]he county commission passed a resolution that forces gas station owners with high crime statistics to create a security plan or face losing their liquor license.”

The Fulton County D.A. has also proposed a specialized police squad to patrol high-crime gas stations. The proposal apparently “involves 28 dedicated police officers, new camera equipment for all high crime gas stations countywide, and a harder line on releasing repeat offenders,” FOX 5 reports.

Victim Rights and Owner Responsibility

Gas station patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on property. By law, gas station owners and managers must protect their guests from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a gas station owner have knowledge of prior criminal activity on or near property, they have a duty to implement additional security precautions, such as bright parking lot lighting, security patrols and surveillance cameras, to protect guests from further crime. Should a gas station owner or manager fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

I am the Victim of Gas Station Violence. Should I Hire an Attorney that has Telephoned Me or Contacted Me Directly?

The American Bar Association Rule 7.3 states that a lawyer “shall not” contact a prospective Client through a “live telephone” or an “in-person” visit. If an attorney, or someone acting on behalf of an attorney, contacts you in this manner, that attorney is in violation of this Rule. This unethical and unprofessional activity on the part of the lawyer is good sign that you should stay away. It is imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is capable of advocating for you within the confines of the law, and an attorney who fails to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct is probably not the best fit. In fact, any such attorney should be immediately reported to the local State Bar Association. If you have been contacted in such an unsolicited manner, contact us and we’ll assist you in filing a report.

Can I Afford an Attorney?

Our Clients frequently come in concerned that they won’t be able to afford legal help. We believe everyone has a right to exceptional legal service. We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. This means our interests are always tied to that of our Clients. Be sure to ask any potential personal injury attorney about their fee schedule and whether they represent Clientele on a contingency basis before signing a contract.

You Deserve Justice. We Can Help.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims and families of negligent gas station security. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and we offer our legal assistance, if desired. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.
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Security Failure? Our Legal Take: 1 Injured in Atlanta Gas Station Shooting

Did negligent security contribute to this gas station shooting? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim may have a legal avenue for justice and a claim for compensation.

Local News

A man was reportedly shot and injured outside of an Atlanta Chevron gas station Tuesday morning, October 18, 2016.

According to The AJC, the shooting occurred at “the Chevron on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.” The victim was reportedly “approached by two men in a black jaguar and shot in the stomach about 4:40 a.m..”

Police have apparently not yet identified suspects or a motive.

Our Legal Take

Gas station patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on premises of the establishment they are visiting. The Murray Law Firm regularly represents victims of gas station violence in Georgia, and questions the level of security provided and whether this shooting may have been prevented.

  • What security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras and security patrols, were in place to protect patrons at the time of the shooting? 
  • Was the gas station owner aware of any prior incidents of violence on or near the property?  If so, were additional security precautions implemented by the property owner or management to deter crime?

By law, property owners in Georgia are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm.  Should the facts of this matter reveal that the gas station owner or management failed to provide adequate security, the victim may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for his injuries.

Based upon its long, extensive, and successful experience in handling negligent security cases against property owners in the State of Georgia, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.

We Fight for Victims of Property Security Negligence in Georgia…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

Headline Frame Fox News DeskThe Murray Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars for victims of unsafe properties in Georgia, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for one of our Georgia Clients in Fulton County State Court.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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