Tag Archives: accident

Tire defect causes crash, kills 6, paralyzes 1, jury awards $12 million

My personal injury litigation law practice in Atlanta has included a number of serious defective product cases. Among them have been tire defect cases.
Last week, a Texas jury returned a verdict of nearly $12 million against a tire maker after determining that a defective tire caused a wreck that killed six people and left a … Continue Reading

It’s been an interesting week for civil justice issues in the Georgia legislature

Much ado about little in the Georgia legislature.
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Tractor trailer strikes snow removal truck in NH, reminding me of GA case 25 years ago

NH truck-snow plow crash reminds me of similar incident in GA 25 years ago.
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Continuing Legal Education in Georgia

As a trucking accident trial attorney in Atlanta, I find myself speaking at continuing legal education seminars around the country pretty often. This year I’ve spoken on various aspects of trucking litigation at CLE programs in Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans, and have been asked to speak at upcoming seminars in California and Pennsylvania. … 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

New federal evidence rule on inadvertent disclosures

The new Federal Rule of Evidence 502 deals with inadvertent disclosures of privileged information, especially in the context of electronic discovery.
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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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Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America

I’ve been in St. Louis for the past couple of days serving on the faculty of the first national continuing legal education program sponsored by the new Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.  As usual, I’ve learned more than I’ve taught.  After all, if I can give everyone one new idea, but 20 … Continue Reading

NPR program to feature author of “Head Cases”

On Tuesday, May 27, at 11 am EDT, National Public Radio talk show host Diane Rehm will interview Susan Connors, Brain Injury Association of America president/CEO, and Michael Mason, author of Head Cases, the compelling compilation of individual stories of brain injury and its aftermath.

Isn’t it ironic? Tort reform campaign fizzles in rash of higher verdicts in conservative counties.

As a personal injury attorney in Atlanta, I was initially one of those who feared the worst when the Georgia legislature passed it omnibus tort reform legislation, Senate Bill 3, in 2005.   It was as if the political power structure had done everything it possibly could to kill victims of negligence — and the lawyers … Continue Reading