DOT may be liable for death caused by drop-off at edge of pavement
On 11/8/05, the Georgia Court of Appeals reversed an order of summary judgment in favor of the Georgia Department of Transportation in a case where there was circumstantial evidence that a young driver’s wheels had dropped off the edge of the pavement, causing the driver to lose control and fatally strike a tree. The court held there was a genuine issue of material fact regarding whether drop-off on shoulder of road caused driver to lose control of her car, precluding summary judgment in parents’ suit against DOT for wrongful death of passenger killed in car-tree collision.
The Shigley Law Firm represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a “SuperLawyer” in Atlanta Magazine and one of the “Legal Elite” in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck wrecks and accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks).