As an Atlanta trucking accident lawyer, I am always saddened to hear of yet another needless fatality on our metro roads and highways. This morning there was yet another report of the driver of a passenger vehicle being killed in an encounter with a tractor trailer, this time on Campbellton Road between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and the Chattahoochee River. The AJC report by Mike Morris said nothing about the cause of the crash.
I can’t really speculate about the cause of the fatal crash. However, we can be sure that the trucking company and its insurance company had a rapid response team on the scene before the debris was cleared to preserve (or not) the evidence and if possible influence the course of the investigation. That is standard operating procedure in the trucking industry, so it is essential for anyone who has been in a catastrophic truck collision, or lost a family member in one, to promptly contact a lawyer who knows the ropes in trucking cases in order to preserve evidence before it gets away.
Ken Shigley is a trial attorney in Atlanta, Georgia who has been listed as a “Super Lawyer” (Atlanta Magazine), among the “Legal Elite” (Georgia Trend Magazine), and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Martindale). 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 national seminar speaker for the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. A Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, he was a faculty member for ten years at the Emory University Law School Trial Techniques Program.