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Tractor trailer merging from shoulder in darkness kills motorist on I-95

An approaching driver’s view of a tractor trailer pulling from breakdown lane into traffic in the dark
A tractor-trailer pulled from the highway shoulder in front of an approaching SUV on I-95 in Jasper County, SC, just north of Savannah, about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, August 8, 2018. The impact killed Raymond Jackson, Jr., driver of the … Continue Reading

Overcoming the independent contractor defense

Much of our Atlanta-based litigation law practice is based upon referrals from other attorneys around Georgia and North America for catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases in Georgia. Most of these are not simple, slam-dunk cases. Often we have to contend with a rat’s nest of convoluted, multi-layered liability defenses. Among those is often the … Continue Reading

Four big rig pileup kills woman on I-285 near Camp Creek Parkway exit

A chain reaction crash involving four big rig tractor trailers on I-285 near Camp Creek Parkway in south Fulton County, GA, killed a woman in a passenger car on June 19, 2018.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, A tractor-trailer was traveling northbound when it struck three other big rigs and the rear of a car, … Continue Reading

California trucker killed sideswiping truck parked overnight on shoulder of I-16

A young truck driver from California lost his life on the side of I-16 in Laurens County, Georgia, on March 2nd. This  tragedy highlights how truck drivers are in one of the most dangerous occupations.
According to news reports, a 22-year-old California truck driver was killed when he sideswiped a disabled semi in predawn darkness on … Continue Reading

Fatality and burn injury in truck crash on I-95 at Richmond Hill, Georgia

A fiery crash on I-95 at Richmond Hill near Savannah in Chatham County on July 26th caused the wrongful death of a woman and sent her husband to a specialized burn unit in Augusta. It appears all too typical of other truck accident cases we have handled throughout Georgia, including those in the Savannah area … Continue Reading

Trucking safety measurement system falls to industry lobbying

“TMI” for “too much information” is a common, joking expression for overdisclosure of personal details in conversation or social media.
Now it appears that trucking companies with bad safety records yelled “TMI!” loudly enough, and spent enough money on “K” Street lobbyists and campaign contributions to impede public access to their safety records.
Five years ago, the … Continue Reading

Legal alchemy? Turning lead into gold by finding adequate insurance

If we have a nearly unique niche in our law practice it is the search for vastly more insurance for catastrophic truck crash cases where the visible insurance coverage is terribly inadequate. Other law firms — in Georgia and elsewhere — call us in to handle that part of a wrongful death or catastrophic personal … Continue Reading

“Extreme caution” safety rule requires truckers to slow down or crawl on icy roads

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As Georgia faces the prospect of a winter storm this week, we also face the prospect of truck wrecks caused by violations of an important trucking safety rule. Last year, for example, a Georgia DOT spokesman was quoted saying that every major accident in Georgia’s “Snowmageddon 2014” ice … Continue Reading

When truck drivers are hurt by other drivers in Georgia, check uninsured motorist coverage on the truck

When a commercial truck driver is killed or seriously injured due to the negligence of the driver of a smaller vehicle, it is important to find out whether the insurance policy on the commercial truck includes uninsured / underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage. If so, that UM/UIM coverage would be available to compensate the truck driver or his/her … Continue Reading

Key Georgia legislator tells tort reform advocates to go slowly and work toward consensus

Georgia State Capitol 1904
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce held a forum on tort reform last week. According to today’s Daily Report, Rep. Rich Golick, chair of the House Non-Civil Judiciary Committee who is a corporate attorney for Allstate Insurance Company in his “day job,” told the attendees:
“Go talk to the plaintiffs bar. … See if … Continue Reading