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Morgan Adams Selected as 2015 MidSouth SuperLawyer for Truck Accident Litigation

Posted in Uncategorized
I am pleased to announce that I have once again been selected to the 2015 MidSouth Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained… Continue Reading

MAP-21 Change: Companies MUST Prevent Bad Truck Drivers from Driving

Posted in Safety
MAP-21 made significant changes in the trucking industry regulatory scheme. One change is that Section 32307 of MAP-21 was amended to prohibit employers from allowing employees to drive when the employer knows or should reasonably know that the the driver is disqualified,or when the employee’s driver’s license was suspended, revoked, or canceled. This final rule, issued October 1,… Continue Reading

Spoliation Letter Updated – Version 5

Posted in Spoliation
 Every so often I need to revise and update my standard spoliation letter (a letter telling the trucking company to save evidence that shows who is, and is not, at fault for a wreck). In part because of changes in the trucking industry, in part because it can always be made better.   In this latest update… Continue Reading

Qualcomm Sells Omnitracs Trucking Division to Vista Equity Partners

Posted in Legal Issues
Semiconductor technology firm Qualcomm Inc. said it has sold its transportation and logistics business, Omnitracs, to Vista Equity Partners for $800 million. This includes the Commercial Motor Vehicle tracking or "telematics" systems.   The acquisition by Vista Equity Partners will include all Omnitracs operations in the United States, Canada and Latin America as well as… Continue Reading

Morgan Adams Named 2012 SuperLawyer for Personal Injury

Posted in Hiring A Truck Accident Lawyer
Morgan Adams is selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer for 2012. Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters publication) is a listing of outstanding lawyers in the Mid-South including lawyers from Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Super Lawyers has an extensive election process that involves peer nominations, evaluations and third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 points that… Continue Reading

NEW HOURS OF SERVICE REGULATIONS

Posted in Hours of Service
I thought the new Hours of Service (HOS) Regulations made sense, and that there wouldn’t be much controversy about the new regulations. After all, the new regulation just put back into place the old rule. The old rule required drivers of 80,000 pound tractor trailers to stop after driving 10 hours.  The law was changed under President Bush… Continue Reading

Morgan Adams Quoted In Chattanooga Times Free Press on Trucking Safety

Posted in Hours of Service, Safety
Bill ignites war of words over trucking safety   by Ellis Smith Ringgold, Ga., widow Cindy Whitaker lost her husband, brother and niece in 2009 when a bucket truck hit their vehicle head-on. Now she’s pushing for tighter federal regulations for truckers, even as the trucking industry points to federal statistics indicating that America’s roads… Continue Reading

Trucking Lawyer Helps Nationwide

Posted in Accident Help
I was happy to learn that a local paper, The Hamilton County Herald  ( www.hamiltoncountyherald.com ), wanted to do an article on my practice, the full article published December 31, 2010 can be found here and is pasted below: Locally based truck accident lawyer helps nationwide David Laprad     Truck wreck lawyer Morgan Adams represents… Continue Reading

US SUPREME COURT DETERMINES PRINCIPLE PLACE OF BUSINESS FOR CORPORATIONS

Posted in Legal Issues
The United States Supreme Court recently held that the principle place of business for a corporation, for purposes of determining whether a federal court has diversity jurisdiction under 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1332(c)(1), is that place where: a corporation’s officers direct, control, and coordinate the corporation’s activities. It is the place that Courts of Appeals have called… Continue Reading

Preventing Tractor Trailer Rollovers

Posted in Driver Problems, Legal Issues, Rollover Accidents, Safety
Training remains the number one way to prevent truck rollovers according to government and industry officials. A 2007 report by Battelle Memorial Institute for the FMCSA found “75% [of rollovers] are attributed to driver error.” The primary cause was running off the road, caused by driver fatigue or inattentiveness.” Trucking companies could reduce rollovers by… Continue Reading

Responsibility for Truck Rollovers

Posted in Rollover Accidents
In a Tractor Trailer rollovers, who is to blame is frequently a major issue. Federal regulations generally require the driver to bear responsibility for the loading, and faulty loading, of the trailer. However an exception is made for loads that are sealed. www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrruletext.asp Who then is responsible? Generally speaking it is the company that loaded and sealed… Continue Reading

Driver Factors in Truck Wrecks

Posted in Driver Problems
The federal government has listed the reasons that truck drivers are involved in collisions. According to the FMCSA 2007 report on the 2005 crash results, the top 10 causes of truck accidents, where the truck driver is a fault, are: Failure to keep in proper lane Driving too fast for Conditions Fatigue Failure to yield right… Continue Reading

Bad Drivers on the Road Due to Driver Shortages

Posted in Driver Problems
The American Trucking Association estimated in 2005 that by 2014 there would be a shortage of 111,000 drivers. This shortage of drivers frequently causes trucking companies to hire drivers that are unqualified rather than having to turn down lucrative trucking contracts. It is critical in a trucking case to have the Driver’s Qualification File reviewed… Continue Reading