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The recent bus crash in California was horrific in nature. Entire families have been forever changed due to the loss of life (13 to date) and massive injuries suffered by the survivors (31 reported). The National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) has a “Go Team” on its way. There is no question that there will be lawyers involved, the question is how do the grieving families find a good one?
I was honored to speak to a large roomful of lawyers, from around the nation, at the American Association for Justice’s Jazz Fest Program in New Orleans, LA. My topic, in case you hadn’t guessed, was Why Treating a Bus Wreck Case Like a Car Wreck Case is a Multi-Million Dollar Mistake.
Because a small number of fly-by-night, unsafe, trucking companies refuse to train their drivers (the vast majority of trucking companies have training programs), the FMCSA finally had to pass regulations requiring ongoing training of CDL drivers. The fly-by-night trucking companies contended if drivers have a CDL that is “good enough.” The FMCSA says it isn’t. That it never has been. Not when you are driving an 80,000 pound articulating vehicle. Mistakes in big rigs kill people.
I am pleased to announce, after almost a week of trial, that we were able to reach a substantial confidential settlement in a Miami truck accident case.
The wreck made all the local news channels, with helicopter reporting, when it originally occurred. Our client was left with life long injuries that not only impacted him, but also his wife and children.This significant federal case also involved our discovery of the destruction of critical evidence by the trucking company.
The case resolved before we were able to put on the proof that the trucking company hired an unsafe truck driver.
Among other injuries, our client suffered from a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
I am pleased that I have had a chapter published in the multi-volume set Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit, 4th Ed.
I wrote the chapter on “Investigating the Case,” along with my good friend Joe Fried. If you don’t know what the facts are, or the facts you need to prove your client’s case, you wont get very far in a courtroom! This chapter summarizes a small part of what Joe and I have learned over the many years of epic legal battles to find “the smoking gun” for our clients.
I was asked to contribute to the book by one of Florida’s greatest trial lawyers, John Romano. Any lawyer that looks at the “Who’s Who” list of contributing authors to this book will quickly understand why I was so honored to be asked.
As of December 4, 2015, pursuant to the FAST Act of 2015, much of the information previously available on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) website related to a trucking company’s safety performance will no longer be displayed publicly. This will prevent easy access to the public and to others who want to know about a company’s safety rating.
This also applies to the information provided to the public through the QCMobile app.
FMCSA is working to return the website and app to operation as quickly as possible, but that will be “never” if the trucking company lobby has its way.
Now, instead of simply looking for what has been free, public safety information, you will have to pay for the records to find out how safe a trucking company is and wade through the labyrinth of regulations to do a formal request for information to the government.
The government protected the trucking companies, not the people on this one. Looks like yet another reason to hire a lawyer for your truck accident case but in this instance, you shouldn’t have to.
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.
The blog has been down as it was converted to a new platform. I hope you like the new look!
I have been staying on the road for my clients and have not had a lot of time to write. However, that hard work has been paying off, both for my clients and professionally. While confidentiality clauses and common sense prevent me from talking about my clients’ recoveries, I am pleased to announce I was just selected as a Top 100 Tennessee SuperLawyer for 2014.