In Kentucky on 3/7/05, an overweight coal truck hauling roughly double its legal load crashed headon into a pickup truck driven by a minister, killing him. The previous day the minister had told his congregation that that life can end suddenly.
The coal truck was rated for 80,000 pounds, traveling on a road rated for 60,000 pounds, and at the time of the wreck was hauling 150,000 pounds of coal. See news story.
This incident underscores the nationwide safety problem of enforcement of weight limits, particularly on mineral hauling trucks, as well as the exemption from many safety regulations of trucks hauling minerals, timber and agricultural products,

Ken Shigley 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 “Super Lawyer” in Atlanta Magazine and one of the “Legal Elite” in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is President-Elect of the State Bar of Georgia (2011-12), 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). He and Sally have been married since 1983, and are the proud parnts of two young adults, Anne Shigley and Ken Shigley, Jr.