Monthly Archives: May 2006

TN reporter finds sleeping truckers seldom fined

In Tennessee, sleeping truck drivers seldom ticketed even when they cause injury or death.
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Fatigue contributes to truck wrecks, but too few places for truckers to rest

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admininistration, in 2004, 248 people died in accidents involving large trucks in Georgia. Driver fatigue is a major cause of those wrecks, but there are insufficient safe spaces along the highways for tractor trailer drivers to pull over to sleep. The Georgia D.O.T. allows truckers to park … Continue Reading

Justice for sale in West Virginia?

This really doesn’t pass the “smell test.” A WV Supreme Court Justice has refused to recuse himself from a case involving a $50 million judgment against a company owned by a man who gave $3 million to help his campaign.
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Texas judge denies motion for incomprehensibility

I have instructed my staff that if I ever write anything that provokes this kind of response from a court, just take me out and shoot me. A Bankruptcy Court Judge Leif Clark in Texas entered an order on February 21st, denying a motion on the following grounds:
The court cannot determine the substance, if … Continue Reading

Tractor trailer wrecks on metro Atlanta freeways today

This afternoon two tractor trailer wrecks tied up traffic on metro Atlanta freeways. Initial reports were scarce on details about the consequences to motorists involved in the crashes.
In Gwinnett County, tractor trailer lost its back wheels, causing a wreck that also involved a Honda Accord and possible injuries. This happened just after 4 … Continue Reading

Seven killed in fireball when rear-ended by tractor trailer in Arizona

At least seven people died when a tractor-trailer rig from Iowa rear-ended a pickup and both vehicles burst into flames Monday evening on Interstate 10 northwest of Tucson,AZ. The pickup was eastbound near the Pinal County line when it was hit from behind by the 18-wheeler carrying a load of copper. … Continue Reading

Medicaid liens limited to medical expense portion of recovery

On May 1, in the case of Arkansas Dept. of Human Services v. Ahlborn, the U.S. Supreme Court held a State’s Medicaid department will be limited to reimbursement from only that portion of a judgment or settlement that represents payment for medical expenses. States are now prohibited from being reimbursed for Medicaid costs from … Continue Reading