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Donate blood. One hour of your time, one life saved. Pretty easy to do the math. Blood. Saves. Lives. Sure, its a bit of a bother at least until you, or someone you know, needs blood. That is when you realize strangers who donated blood saved a life you cared about. People you did not even know saved a life, without considering politics, race or religion,  while you did nothing. Wouldn’t you sleep better if it was you…
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? In order to find a lawyer, that…
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.  As in most commercial vehicle cases you want someone to work with a lawyer who has handled these cases before, and frequently. Questions about…
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. We can…
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…
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 information provided to the public through the QCMobile app. FMCSA is working…
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 a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all…
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. SuperLawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than…
DOT Reminds Commercial Drivers that Physicals Must Now Be Performed by Certified Medical Examiners  National Registry Will Improve Safety for Travelers, Health of Commercial Drivers  WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is reminding interstate truck and bus drivers that beginning today, all new USDOT physicals must be performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. “Safety is our highest priority…