8 die due to bus driver’s sleep apnea and trucking company’s poor brake maintenance
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has determined that bus driver fatigue combined with poor brake maintenance by a trucking company tired driver to kill eight on a Texas church bus in 2003. As is commonly the case, the church that owned the bus was never informed that it was required to comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, including driver medical qualifications. The bus driver, who had chronic insomnia and sleep apnea, had never obtained the required medical certificate. The bus struck a tractor-trailer that had been pulled off on the side of the Interstate when poorly maintained brakes began smoking. See Newsday article.
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).