Monthly Archives: August 2005

Truck driver charged with deaths of 4 in rear end collision in Indiana

BRISTOL, Ind., 8/22/05
A truck driver has been charged with four counts of reckless homicide in a chain-reaction crash that killed four people and injured seven on the Indiana Toll Road. The truck driver, Gil Stanislaw, 56, of Fox Lake, Ill., failed to slow down for a construction zone, police said. He was not injured … Continue Reading

Landscaping truck runs red light, overturns, spills logs, injures 2 in Peachtree City

Peachtree City, GA, 8/26/05.
A landscaping truck driven by Eric Hannah of Newnan, loaded with logs and towing a trailer with a Bobcat aboard, ran a red light in Peachtree City. It struck a vehicle driven by Tiffany Buysing of Peachtree City, then collided into a vehicle driven by Tabitha Kendall of Newnan, who was … Continue Reading

Premises liability – Tennessee adopts “mode of operation” doctrine in premises cases

Last year, the Tenneessee Supreme Court, in Blair v. West Town Mall, adopted the “mode of operation” doctrine in premises liability cases, holding that “that a premises owner had constructive notice of the presence of a dangerous condition by showing a pattern of conduct, a recurring incident, or a general or continuing condition indicating the … Continue Reading

Research targets acrolein as factor in spinal cord tissue damage after trauma

Purdue University researchers may have isolated the substance most responsible for the tissue damage that follows initial spinal cord injury, a discovery that could also improve treatments for a host of other neurodegenerative conditions.
A research team led by Riyi Shi (REE-yee SHEE) has found that a chemical called acrolein, a known carcinogen, is present at … Continue Reading

Law enforcement sees pattern of more rear end collisions by tractor trailers

A southbound tractor trailer ran over Robert Groves’ Jaguar near Valdosta on August 16th, killing him and leaving just a pile of twisted metal. See news story. Law enforcement officials saw this as part of a trend.
"We’re seeing a trend here lately with commercial motor vehicles, they seem not to be allowing enough … Continue Reading

Alabama jury gives $29 million wrongful death verdict against trucker on meth

A jury in Shelby County, Alabama, has given a $29 million verdict for wrongful death in a crash caused by a dump truck driver who tested positive for methamphetamines. The defendant hauling company the company had failed to test the driver for drugs at any time during his employment and had no records of … Continue Reading

AL truck wreck kills GA woman, injures her two sisters

Fort Payne, AL, 8/25/05.
On I-59 in DeKalb County, Alabama, a flatbed tractor trailer clipped a car, causing it to leave the roadway and overturn several times. Shirley Middleton, 63, of Tunnel Hill, GA, was ejected and killed. her two sisters, Dorothy Correll of Dalton and Ira Dobson of Warner Robbins were seriously … Continue Reading

New Texas laws may deter some drunk driving

Two new Texas laws, backed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) may deserve consideration in Georgia.
One new Texas law requires that if a driver is convicted of drunk driving with a blood alcohol level over .15, an ignition interlock device must be installed in their car. The convicted drunk driver will have to breathe in … Continue Reading

Hit & run trucker leaves other truck driver burned beyond recognition on I-85 in Coweta County

Newnan, GA, 8/26/05. Wesley Williard McClure Jr., 48, an Alabama truck driver for Action Resources, Inc., allegedly collided with the rear of another tractor trailer, causing it to cross the grass median and collide head on with two other trucks. One man, who was burned beyond recognition, died at the scene. A second … Continue Reading

Ford Pinto deja vu – Crown Vic, Grand Marquis, Town Car

Back in the 1970’s, Ford made the Pinto with a gas tank mounted behind the axle, with a protrusion on the axle positioned to puncture the gas tank in a rear end collision. When that happens, a cloud of vaporized gasoline envelopes the vehicle, and any spark can ignite a fireball. After a … Continue Reading