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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
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
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
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
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 truck driver arrested for vehicular homicide in death of woman on I-285 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
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 hazard of truck driver fatigue.
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
Today I’m heading home from the American Association for Justice annual meeting in San Francisco. On Saturday, I was one of the speakers at the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group seminar. I had a fairly dry topic, though one necessary in these difficult economic times, "Hard Times in Trucking Litigation: What to Do When the Trucking Defendant … Continue Reading