Murfreesboro, TN, 6/29/07. Robert Franklin Hankins and Betty Hankins, 68, both of Commerce, GA, were killed when their pickup truck was struck head-on by a semi-truck  driven by Arthur Trollinger,  a driver for Cooper Mobile Homes in Lewisburg, TN.  According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, about 12:20 PM  the left front tire of the eastbound semi-truck blew out shortly, causing the unloaded tractor trailer to plow through the grass median into oncoming traffic. The semi hit the Hankins pickup head-on, rolled over and then collided with an SUV which was hauling a fully-loaded storage trailer.

News reports were silent about the reason the Cooper Mobile Home truck tire blew out.  In such situation, one should immediately demand that the company preserve the tire, the tractor, black box data, and all pertinent records, and look into tire defects, fit,  selection, installation, maintenance, alignment, etc.


The Shigley Law Firm  represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states (recently including Alabama, Nevada and Florida) 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.