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Trial preparation – propose stipulation that attorneys can issue deposition subpoenas

My law practice is focused on personal injury, wrongful death and commercial trucking law practice. As president of the State Bar of Georgia, I have many occasions to speak to groups, both in and out of my practice area. The following is excerpted from my presentation — “Trial Preparation: 30 tips in 30 … Continue Reading

Trial preparation – draft jury instructions early

As president of the State Bar of Georgia, I often have occasion to speak at events that extend beyond my own personal injury, wrongful death and commercial trucking law practice. The following is excerpted from my presentation — “Trial Preparation: 30 tips in 30 Minutes” – at the Georgia Law of … Continue Reading

Trial preparation – field investigation

As president of the State Bar of Georgia, I often have occasion to speak at events that extend beyond my own personal injury, wrongful death and commercial trucking law practice. The following is excerpted from my presentation — “Trial Preparation: 30 tips in 30 Minutes” – at the Georgia Law of … 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

$25 million total settlement in Bluffton bus crash cases

On March 2, 2007, at 5:38 AM, a charter bus from Ohio carrying the Bluffton University baseball team to a tournament in Florida went off a confusingly marked HOV exit from I-75 at Northside Drive in Atlanta. When I traveled to Columbus, Ohio in July 2011,  I participated in the mediation that produced the final … Continue Reading

Atlanta bus crash tragedy leading to new standards for road signs and bus safety

Bluffton University baseball team bus crash in Atlanta (March 2007) helped bring about new US standards for highway signage and motor coach passenger protection.
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School bus accident data

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported  the following statistics on school transportation accidents between 1996 and 2006.
* 1,536 people  died in school transportation-related crashes. Compare that with 41,059 traffic fatalities in the United States in 2007 alone.

* An average of 40 people per year died in school bus accidents.
* 72 percent of school bus accident … Continue Reading

Trucker on cell phone crashes into school bus, kills a child

A Florida truck driver admitted that he was on his cell phone yesterday when he slammed into a school bus, killing a 13-year-old student. According to a report by Austin Miller of the Ocala Star-Banner, the school bus, which had stopped to let children off , had its warning lights on and stop signs out. … Continue Reading

Tour bus seat belt legislation blocked … again

Forty years after NTSB recommended requiring seat belts on buses, the industry has again blocked legislation to require them.
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Dump truck hits school bus in Kentucky, kills student

Dump truck – school bus crash in Kentucky highlights safety issues in two realms.
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