Monthly Archives: March 2014

General Motors recalls over 2.6 million vehicles due to potentially fatal ignition switch defect

Several years ago I handled a products liability case against an auto manufacturer that had designed its braking system on one model so that a poorly designed sensor would turn off the antilock braking system without warning. As a result, our client was a brain damaged quadriplegic. It took much expert analysis and discovery of … Continue Reading

When truck drivers are hurt by other drivers in Georgia, check uninsured motorist coverage on the truck

When a commercial truck driver is killed or seriously injured due to the negligence of the driver of a smaller vehicle, it is important to find out whether the insurance policy on the commercial truck includes uninsured / underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage. If so, that UM/UIM coverage would be available to compensate the truck driver or his/her … Continue Reading

Cracking Down on Distracted Driving

We have all seen drivers distracted by their electronic devices behind the wheel. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations now forbid interstate truck drivers from texting or talking on a hand held cell phone while driving. But recently we were hired in a multiple fatality crash on a Georgia interstate highway in which the truck … Continue Reading

NHTSA Smart Key Compliance

Keyless ignitions, introduced in the late 1990’s, were intended to offer drivers convenience. Instead, they have disrupted a well-established set of driver behaviors and expectations, and introduced rollaway and carbon monoxide poisoning hazards that have resulted in injuries and death. Since 2010, there have been eight publically acknowledged deaths and two serious injuries from carbon … Continue Reading

Brooklyn – Doraville bus unsafe driving record crashes in Virginia

Occasionally we see a report of a commercial vehicle crash in which the alleged cause of the wreck perfectly matches the company’s poor safety record. Today, a bus en route from Brooklyn, New York to Doraville in metro Atlanta, operated by Indianapolis-based Princess Tours, Inc., ran off a road in Virginia.  The bus driver, Qilong … Continue Reading

Shigley Law, LLC Welcomes David Nissenberg

Shigley Law, LLC is pleased to announce that David Nissenberg, one of the country’s foremost experts on trucking law and regulation, has become a consultant and “of counsel” to the firm.
Mr. Nissenberg is author of The Law of Commercial Trucking: Damages to Persons and Property, 3rd Edition, (LexisNexis®), a two-volume text on commercial trucking law … Continue Reading