Alabama commercial truck accidents

An Alabama native specializing in commercial truck accident litigation, Atlanta attorney Ken Shigley has over 30 years trial and litigation experience, including commercial truck accident cases in Alabama.

Commercial truck accident law throughout the United States, including Alabama, is based primarily on the federal Motor Carrier Act and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Victims of catastrophic commercial truck accidents in Alabama should promptly contact an attorney who has strong professional credentials, specializes in commercial truck accidents, and who meets personally with and care about each client.

Ken Shigley has over 30 years trial and litigation experience, rose to the presidency of the 42,000 member State Bar of Georgia, is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, is listed as “Super Lawyer” and among the “Legal Elite” and is on the national board of directors of the Commercial Trucking Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice.

Ken Shigley was born in Fort Payne, the county seat of DeKalb County, Alabama. His family lived at Mentone and then in Tuscaloosa until his teens, and has numerous relatives across Alabama, spread out from DeKalb County in the north to Mobile County in the south. Hiring a commercial truck accident specialist, who in turn selects a well-connected local attorney wherever it is best to file suit, can be a powerful combination.

Licensed to practice law in Georgia since 1977, he has been admitted pro hac vice to handle commercial truck accident cases along with local attorneys in courts of several states, including Alabama. Since commercial truck accident cases typically involve the need to obtain testimony by depositions across the United States, it is an advantage to be based in Atlanta, due to ready availability of direct flights to most of the United States. It is relatively easy to fly out from Atlanta in the morning, take depositions in most of the United States, and get back to Atlanta the same evening.

Alabama's growing economy is boosted by strong automobile manufacturing (Mercedes Benz, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Navistar and over 350 automobile related manufacturers) and development of the famed Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail as a lever for attracting industrial development and tourism. Industrial output in Alabama includes iron and steel products, paper, lumber, plastic, as well as aerospace and electronic products. Alabama ranks eighth in cotton production in the U.S., and includes strong agricultural outputs of poultry, eggs, cattle, peanuts, and cotton.

Alabama had 3,307 commercial truck accidents, included 148 fatal commercial truck accidents, in the most recent year for which data is available. Of those, 41% of Alabama's commercial truck accidents involved carriers whose principle place of business is not Alabama.

Serious commercial truck accidents have happened occur in the downtown Birmingham junction of I-20, I-59 and I-65, nicknamed "Malfunction Junction". On two occasions, 18-wheelers crashed and burned fiercely enough to melt the support beams of overpasses.

Commercial truck accidents in Alabama often occur on Alabama’s interstate highways –

I-20 - Connecting South Carolina and Texas, I-20 spans Alabama from east to west for214 miles, passing pass through the cities of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, as well the Cleburne, Calhoun, Talladega, St. Clair, Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Greene and Lowndes counties.

I-85 – Running from Alabama to Virginia, I-85 covers 80 miles in Alabama from Montgomery to the Georgia line. It passes through Auburn, Opelika, Lanett and Valley, and the counties of Montgomery, Macon, Lee and Chambers.

I-59 – Extending from Louisiana to the Georgia suburbs of Chattanooga, Tennessee, I-59 spends 241 miles in Alabama, where it intersects with Interstate 65 in Birmingham, and through the counties of Sumter, Greene, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, St. Clair, Etowah and DeKalb.

I-65 – Starting at Mobile, Alabama, I-65 runs north to Gary, Indiana. Its 367 miles in Alabama pass through the Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham, and Huntsville.

I-459 – bypass across south side of metropolitan Birmingham

I-359 – spur route connected downtown Tuscaloosa to I-20 / I-59

I-10 - Coast to coast route running from Jacksonville, Florida, to Santa Monica, California, crosses the southernmost part of Alabama for just 66 miles through Mobile and Baldwin counties, including the George C. Wallace Tunnel under the Mobile River.

Future I-22 – upon completion of two key interchanges, this road from Memphis to Birmingham will be designated at I-22. In Alabama and Mississippi, blue signs reading "FUTURE/I-22/CORRIDOR" at left and an I-22 shield with "FUTURE" instead of "INTERSTATE" at the right were unveiled on April 18, 2005. In Alabama, this route passes through the counties of Jefferson, Walker and Marion.

While based in Atlanta, Georgia, we work on commercial truck accident litigation throughout the Southeast, always complying with the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules of each state and often working as co-counsel with local attorneys. If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident, or are a lawyer seeking co-counsel, fill our web or phone us at 404-253-7862.


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