Tag Archives: Atlanta Georgia

Governor Deal appoints Ken Shigley to Criminal Justice Reform Council

While my "day job" involves representing individuals and families in serious injury and wrongful death cases across Georgia, part-time public service is also important.  This doesn’t hurt clients, as the time devoted to public service is counterbalanced over time by the exposure and insights gained. 
The following article appears in today’s Fulton County Daily Report:

 
Deal … Continue Reading

Five common sense ideas for reducing the risk of truck driver fatigue

Five common sense ideas for reducing the hazard of truck driver fatigue.
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$5,830,000 verdict in Atlanta against drunk driver who killed young mom

As a trial attorney handling catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases in Atlanta, I continue to see how jurors are able to separate the wheat from the chaff and do substantial justice in serious cases.  Frivolous and trivial cases, by contrast, don’t carry much weight with jurors.
This week in the State Court of Fulton County, a … Continue Reading

Trucking companies responsible for making sure employees follow safety rules

As a trucking safety attorney in Georgia, I sometimes find trucking companies trying to disown their driver’s safety violations.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which are designed to protect safety of members of the public, clearly require trucking companies to require their employees to obey the driver regulations.
49 C.F.R. § 390.11 requires: “Whenever . . . … Continue Reading

Causal link between violation of trucking safety rules and truck crashes

In order to use Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation violations to support liability or punitive damages, it is essential to establish that the violation was a proximate cause of the crash.
Some judges don’t easily grasp the obvious connection between extreme driver fatigue and driver error. For example, in one Georgia case the court failed to … Continue Reading

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations set minimum national safety standards for trucking

The framers of the U. S. Constitution recognized in 1787 that no individual state could adequate deal with regulation of interstate commerce, so that was made one of the core functions of the federal government along with national defense and a few others.
The Supremacy Clause of the Constitution provides that any state law that conflicts … Continue Reading

Safersys a valuable resource in trucking litigation

Safersys.org is a web site maintained by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Through this site, one may obtain extensive basic information about motor carriers within moments after learning of the potential case. A “Carrier Snapshot” search includes the company’s legal name, address, phone number, USDOT number, numbers of power units and drivers, inspection and … Continue Reading

Rapid response essential after a trucking crash

When a significant motor carrier collision happens, the pattern response is for the truck driver to immediately call the dispatcher, who calls the risk manager even at home in the middle of the night, who in turn calls in a “rapid response team” – a defense lawyer in the state where the crash occurred in … Continue Reading

Commercial trucking crashes are not just big car wrecks

Any lawyer who assumes that a large commercial truck crash is just a bigger car
wreck is dangerously naive. Investigation, discovery, technology and law involved in the
crashes of large commercial trucks are substantially different from other motor vehicle
accident cases.
Counsel must be familiar with a national body of trucking law based primarily on the Federal Motor Carrier … Continue Reading

Elected to national board of Interstate Trucking Litigation Group

As a trucking safety attorney in Atlanta, Georgia, I have found it is extremely important to network with other attorneys doing the same kind of work throughout the United States.
At the American Association for Justice convention in San Francisco last Saturday, I spoke at the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group seminar on Saturday and had dinner with … Continue Reading