Gorman, CA, 11/25/05.
On the I-5 freeway in the Los Angeles area, a tractor trailer struck the rear of a stalled pickup truck, overturning the smaller vehicle and killing a man and teenage boy inside. The tractor trailer driver left the scene with a ruptured fuel tank, took the next exit, and proceeded until the truck cab caught fire. The truck driver then fled on foot. Police later received an anonymous call, possibly from the truck driver, claiming the tractor trailer had been stolen from a Pilot truck stop. See news story.
Without knowing more, this incident appears to underscore the problem of driver qualifications, which is worsening with the shortage of qualified commercial truck drivers nationwide.
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).