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The learning curve of a bar president

In the past 10 days this plaintiffs’ trial lawyer, in the capacity of State Bar of Georgia president, has co-presided over a joint meeting of the State Bar Executive Committee and the Georgia Supreme Court, had a joint press conference with the Attorney General of Georgia and spoke at a lunch meeting that included general … 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

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

Will trucking companies start recruiting unemployed investment bankers?

Will displaced Wall Street investment bankers become truck drivers?
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GAO report identifies flaws in drug testing and treatment in trucking industry

GAO report identifies flaws in trucking industry drug testing and oversight.
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Anti-smoking drug Chantix banned for truck drivers

As a trial lawyer representing injury victims in trucking accident cases in Georgia, I’m always on the lookout for medications affecting driver alertness.  Another suspect medication has been added to the list.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a warning Thursday on the anti-smoking drug Chantix, advising medical examiners "to not qualify anyone currently … Continue Reading

Australian truckers looking at range of new safety features

While my trucking litigation law practice is in Atlanta, Georgia, I know that long haul trucking safety is not just an American issue.  With the long distances between populations centers in Australia, all the challenges facing American truckers are big deals there too.  Driver fatigue, for example, is every bit as big a problem for … Continue Reading

Feds grant funds for study of Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety System

Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety System being tested is designed to “warn drivers when they are about to leave the roadway, are in danger of colliding with another vehicle while attempting a lane change, or are at risk of colliding with the vehicle ahead.”
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Colorado trucking industry group supports electronic on-board recorders

As a Georgia lawyer representing people who are hurt in trucking accidents – and the families of those who are killed – I see too many cases where it appeared that a truck driver was deeply fatigued, was over the legal hours of service, and had a paper log that was not accurate.
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Electronic logs can help trucking companies become both safe and profitable

Interstate motor carriers and their drivers are required to make and maintain logs showing the driver’s hours of operation, activities and locations of stops. The potential for abuse is so legendary that paper logs are often referred to as "comic books." 
Many truck drivers have told me, off the record, of the impossible pressure on … Continue Reading