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Trial preparation – invest in the interview

As president of the State Bar of Georgia, I often have occasion to speak at events that extend beyond my own personal injury, wrongful death and commercial trucking law practice. The following is excerpted from my presentation — “Trial Preparation: 30 tips in 30 Minutes” – at the Georgia Law of … Continue Reading

Struggling with rules on when public defenders can represent co-defendants

As president of the State Bar of Georgia, I have occasion to work on a number of issues and controversies beyond the scope of my own personal injury, wrongful death and commercial trucking accident trial practice.  The following is excerpted from an article by Kathleen Joyner in the Fulton County Daily Report on September 23, … Continue Reading

Truck driver fueling rig suffers severe burn injuries

A truck driver  was pumping fuel into his tractor trailer rig  yesterday at Benton, NY, when the passenger side caught fire. He suffered severe burns to his head, face, neck, chest and arms. The news story caught my eye for these reasons:

He was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital at Rochester, NY.  While I am in … Continue Reading

Tractor trailer kills bride, injures groom, on I-285

On April 24, 2011, a tractor trailer changing lanes on I-285 west, near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, struck a Nissan, sending it into a highway guard rail. After hitting the guardrail, the vehicle was then struck by the cab of another tractor-trailer. Newlywed Danielle Holly, 21, was killed at the scene. Her husband was … Continue Reading

Trucking accident statistics highlight dangers on highways

We often see the tragic outcomes of catastrophic trucking accidents in my Atlanta-based law practice. Therefore, when I travel on the highways I am notice the minority of truckers who ignore safety rules. Usually they get by with it, without a bad outcome, but slackness about safety will almost inevitably lead to catastrophe sooner or … Continue Reading

Publication of trucking safety data cleared by DC Circuit Court of Appeals

In truck crash litigation in Georgia, we see how smaller trucking companies often have the least focus on safety rules enforcement. For example, I am  now preparing for trial in a case where a small trucking company was repeatedly fined for scores of  violations of the same safety rules over a … Continue Reading

Texas trucker arrested for death of woman on I-285 in Sandy Springs

Texas truck driver arrested for vehicular homicide in death of woman on I-285 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
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Dual trailer big rig hydroplanes, flips hazmat load, on I-95 near Savannah

Yesterday in the Savannah area, heavy rain led to two hydroplaning crashes involving tractor trailers.
According to a report by Tuyaquen Mach on WSAV, In one crash on I-95 at Jimmy Deloach Parkway, a UPS truck pulling two trailers hydroplaned and hit two vehicles. One of the trailers, reported to be carrying hazardous materials, flipped over … Continue Reading

Five common sense ideas for reducing the risk of truck driver fatigue

Five common sense ideas for reducing the hazard of truck driver fatigue.
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Rapid response essential after a trucking crash

When a significant motor carrier collision happens, the pattern response is for the truck driver to immediately call the dispatcher, who calls the risk manager even at home in the middle of the night, who in turn calls in a “rapid response team” – a defense lawyer in the state where the crash occurred in … Continue Reading