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TV law firm “settlement mills” blasted in legal ethics journal

Lawyers and paralegals who had previously worked at personal injury firms that advertise heavily on television, billboards and bus placards have told me many tales about the business model of those firms.
They have told me how lawyers may be responsible for 600 cases at a time, with 100 or more in litigation.
They have told me … Continue Reading

A year of bright ideas in advocacy

No matter how many years a lawyer has practiced, there is no end to the need for exposure to bright new ideas from the best lawyers around the United States.
Over the past year, I had the opportunity to serve as chair of the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section of the American Association … Continue Reading

10 Social Media Instructions for Injured People

Most of us today carry cell phones in our pockets with more processing power than the computers aboard the Apollo moon missions. Frequent news reports illustrate the dangers of thoughtless use of smartphones and social media. It has ensnared politicians and celebrities, sometimes crashing promising careers. This technology has created similar hazards for both plaintiffs and … Continue Reading

Legal alchemy? Turning lead into gold by finding adequate insurance

If we have a nearly unique niche in our law practice it is the search for vastly more insurance for catastrophic truck crash cases where the visible insurance coverage is terribly inadequate. Other law firms — in Georgia and elsewhere — call us in to handle that part of a wrongful death or catastrophic personal … Continue Reading

“Extreme caution” safety rule requires truckers to slow down or crawl on icy roads

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As Georgia faces the prospect of a winter storm this week, we also face the prospect of truck wrecks caused by violations of an important trucking safety rule. Last year, for example, a Georgia DOT spokesman was quoted saying that every major accident in Georgia’s “Snowmageddon 2014” ice … Continue Reading

Fatal Wal-Mart Truck Crash Case in NJ Case Moving Forward

In June, a Wal-Mart truck driver who had been awake 24 hours caused a deadly pileup in New Jersey. The Wal-Mart truck driver’s Twitter profile included the phrase, “move or get hit.”
Since that crash, most of the attention has been centered on comedian Tracy Morgan because he is most well-known. However he is not the … Continue Reading

When truck drivers are hurt by other drivers in Georgia, check uninsured motorist coverage on the truck

When a commercial truck driver is killed or seriously injured due to the negligence of the driver of a smaller vehicle, it is important to find out whether the insurance policy on the commercial truck includes uninsured / underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage. If so, that UM/UIM coverage would be available to compensate the truck driver or his/her … Continue Reading

How did tractor trailers contribute to the mess in Atlanta’s #Snowjam2014?

Tractor trailer drivers are required to exercise “extreme caution” in snow and ice, including getting off the road when necessary. Their employers are required to make sure they do exercise “extreme caution.” However, I seldom see many who take that seriously. That was driven home in Tuesday’s winter storm.
When Atlanta’s winter storm (#snowjam2014 #snowcalypse2014) hit … Continue Reading

4 Major Georgia Tractor Trailer Accidents This Week

Handling tractor trailer accident cases on behalf of injured people and their families across Georgia, I often see reports in which I think, “there but for the grace of God” would be a catastrophe. This week there have been four news stories of metro Atlanta crashes involving  tractor trailers. I don’t know the causes at … Continue Reading

$281 million verdict when drive shaft flies off truck, kills driver of following vehicle

In our Atlanta personal injury and wrongful death law practice, which includes many accidents involving large commercial trucks, we sometimes encounter instances of parts flying off trucks and striking other vehicles. Fortunately, it is rare for cases like one in Texas that occurred in 2012. In that case, a South Texas jury returned a verdict … Continue Reading