In Marion County, TN, early on the morning of 3/9/05, a tractor-trailer swerved off I-24 for several hundred yards before slamming into the bridge abutment near the Nickajack dam. The load of apples and pears disconnected from the rig, and the cab itself ended up hanging precariously from the bridge. After workers stabilized the cab, the driver and a passenger were removed and air-lifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. See news story.
While the story says nothing of the cause, the circumstances suggest driver fatigue, which may occur with or without violation of the hours of services rule.
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).