Recently I wrote about the truck driver who in a deposition referred to the trucking company’s safety director as the “safety moron.” Well, yesterday I went to the frozen north to take the deposition of that safety director. He admitted they had no idea when the trucker left the shipper, or when or if he took any of the required rest breaks on a 900+ mile trip. They had no idea what happened to the driver’s log, had made no effort to recover or preserve it, and no idea if they had ever audited this driver’s logs in the past. The company had purchased a sophisticated truck communications system that had the capability to track truck locations nationwide by GPS, but was not using most of its features and did not coordinate it with the dispatch system, so that all the data from one had to be manually copied to the other so time entries may have been wildly inaccurate.
Finally, he admitted that the driver had told him that he was apparently asleep when he ran over my clients in extreme southern Georgia — something that the driver vehemently denied in his deposition.
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).