Marietta, GA, 9/6/05.
The driver of a Honda Civil was killed early Tuesday morning when rearended by a tractor trailer on I-75 just south of the Ga. 5 exit. When you follow news of truck-car wrecks, the pattern of truckers running over cars in the middle of the night is a tragically monotonous pattern. See article.
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I hope the victim’s family acts quickly enough to be able to obtain full documentation of the pattern of the trucker’s hours, fatigue and sleep deprivation leading up to this fatal crash. While the trucking company will try to limit the search for truth to a few seconds on the highway, the root cause often lies in the company’s mode of operation that pushes truck drivers to drive when too fatigued to be safe, in violation of a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation that bars operation by a driver who is impaired by illness or fatigue.

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).