Monthly Archives: May 2008

Rising oil prices may impact trucking safety, lead to consolidation of trucking industry

U.S. truckers are coping with the price increase as best they can by lowering speeds and using auxiliary power units when the truck is idling, but according to the latest edition of the Roemer Report, the CEO of the  American Trucking Associations  wrote to government officials, saying that “Even with these efforts, it is easy … Continue Reading

NPR program to feature author of “Head Cases”

On Tuesday, May 27, at 11 am EDT, National Public Radio talk show host Diane Rehm will interview Susan Connors, Brain Injury Association of America president/CEO, and Michael Mason, author of Head Cases, the compelling compilation of individual stories of brain injury and its aftermath.

Trucking industry urges uniform speed limit for truckers in US and Canada

As an attorney representing people catastrophically injured in trucking accidents in Atlanta, Georgia, I see speed as a safety problem as well as fatigue, illness, medication and equipment deficiencies.
The  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is studying a proposal for a uniform nationwide speed limit for interstate motor carriers. If adopted, it may help hold down … Continue Reading

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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Isn’t it ironic? Tort reform campaign fizzles in rash of higher verdicts in conservative counties.

As a personal injury attorney in Atlanta, I was initially one of those who feared the worst when the Georgia legislature passed it omnibus tort reform legislation, Senate Bill 3, in 2005.   It was as if the political power structure had done everything it possibly could to kill victims of negligence — and the lawyers … Continue Reading

Truck wrecks produce contrasting spills

As a trucking accident attorney in Atlanta, Georgia, I see a wide range of messes resulting from overturned tractor trailers. We had a case last year in which a load of frozen hamburger meat spilled all over I-75 in south Georgia. The state trooper said his biggest problem was crowd control, as local deputies tried … Continue Reading

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

We’re #1! Atlanta rated as worst commute among US cities.

Forbes has rated the best and worst US cities for commuters.  Atlanta rated #1 as the worst major city for commuters.  Here’s what the article said:
Here, in the fastest-growing city in America, more people flood the roadways than the infrastructure can handle. Commuters spend 60 hours a year stuck in traffic, second only to those … Continue Reading

AAJ Trucking Litigation Telephone Seminar

This afternoon I spoke on "Successful  Advocacy in a Trucking Case" in an American Association for Justice Litigating Trucking Cases Teleseminar.
Morgan Adams of Chattanooga spoke on Electronic On Board Recorders, while Robert Collins of Houston spoke on Daubert Issues & Biomechanists. 
As usual, I got more from the seminars that I contributed.

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