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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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Bus safety article in Arizona Republic quotes your truly

A few days ago,  Arizona Republic reporter Robert Anglen called me out of the blue to talk about the lack of seat belts in buses, following a crash in Utah that killed nine passengers. Here’s what he wrote about our conversation:
Georgia lawyer Ken Shigley, who specializes in bus and truck accidents, says that approach is … Continue Reading

Florida bus accident illustrates need for seatbelts in buses

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Standards in the U.S. do not require buses to have either seat belts (except for the driver) or laminated glass in side windows that would prevent passenger ejection. If the manufacturers spent as much on safety as they do on lobbyists, a lot of lives could be saved. Almost anywhere else in the world, the same buses would have seat belts for all passengers.
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Bus accidents highlight lax safety enforcement

Two recent  crashes of buses transporting Hispanic immigrant passengers highlight problems in safety of charter and tour buses, particularly those providing low-priced transportation for that market segment.
Investigation of a recent Capricorn Bus Lines crash in Victoria, Texas, revealed that  the company has been cited 19 times in the past three years for issues ranging from incomplete driver log … Continue Reading