Kennebec County, Maine.
A tractor trailer driver with a record 63 driving convictions, 23 license suspensions and involvement in a previous fatal crash, crashed into a car on I-95 in July, trapping the driver in her car for more than an hour. She died several days later.
Under Maine law the trucker could not be charged with manslaughter or vehicular homicide. However, he was charged with operating after suspension, possession of a suspended license, operating without authority, operating after being placed out of service, false record of duty status, operating without a medical certificate, operating while in possession of a radar detector, operating while in possession of a controlled substance, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating without insurance. See MaineToday.com.
This incident underscores the inadequacy of protections against rogue truck drivers.
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).