Sunday afternoon on I-20 near Six Flags Over Georgia, two people were killed when tire failure led to a rollover of a Ford Explorer. I learned of it not as an Atlanta personal injury, wrongful death an products liability attorney, but because my mom was stuck in the traffic on her way to accompany wife wife to a concert at our church.

The problem with Ford Explorers rolling over after tire failure is well known. I have seen video of test track exercises demonstrating how easily the Explorer rolls over in certain reaction maneuvers, and that if the Explorer wheelbase were widened by four inches it would not roll over.

Of course, I don’t know the details of why this particular incident occurred. We have turned down Explorer rollover cases after investigating the details of specific incidents. While the answers regarding this tragedy are not yet known, the questions about Explorer handling characteristics are all too well known.




Ken Shigley, an Atlanta attorney, launched the first law firm web site in Georgia in 1996, and the second lawyer blog in the state. He is a national board member of the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group. His practice focuses on representing people who are catastrophically injured, and families of those killed, primarily in commercial trucking and bus accidents. Mr. Shigley also has extensive experience representing parties in  products liability, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, brain injury, spinal cord injury and burn injury cases. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacyhas been listed as a "Super Lawyer" (Atlanta Magazine), in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Martindale), and among the "Legal Elite" (Georgia Trend Magazine).

Mr. Shigley is currently unopposed as a candidate for president-elect, of the 41,000 member State Bar of Georgia, of which he has served as secretary and treasurer.

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