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NHTSA nominee faces hard choices between fuel economy and vehicle safety

The hard questions are not between good and bad, but between good and good, and between bad and bad.

That maxim is illustrated in a New York Times article by Josh Voorhees about Charles Hurley, the nominee to become administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The conflict is between CAFE standards on fuel economy and improving safety standards. It’s a tough call between improving fuel economy with smaller cars and improving safety with tougher cars.

Ken Shigley is an interstate trucking trial attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and has been listed as a “Super Lawyer” (Atlanta Magazine), among the “Legal Elite” (Georgia Trend Magazine), and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He served as chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Litigation Institute, is on the National Advisory Board for the Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs for the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Shigley has extensive experience representing parties in trucking and bus accidents, products liability, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, spinal cord injury, brain injury and burn injury cases. Currently he is Secretary of the 40,000 member State Bar of Georgia.This post is subject to our ethical disclaimer.