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Alabama Tractor Trailer Accidents

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

Tractor trailer 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 tractor trailer accidents in Alabama should promptly contact an attorney who has strong professional credentials, specializes in tractor trailer 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, Alabama, the county seat of DeKalb County, Alabama. His family lived at Mentone, Alabama, and then in Tuscaloosa, Alabama until his teens. He has numerous relatives across Alabama, spread out from DeKalb County in the north to Mobile County in the south. Hiring a tractor trailer 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 tractor trailer accident cases along with local attorneys in courts of several states including Alabama. Since tractor trailer 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.

Alabama's tractor trailer traffic is spurred by a growing economy that includes a strong automobile manufacturing component (Mercedes Benz, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Navistar and over 350 automobile related manufacturers). Economic development is aided the famed Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, which was designed 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 tractor trailer accidents, included 148 fatal tractor trailer accidents, in the most recent year for which data is available. Of those, 41% of Alabama's tractor trailer accidents involved carriers whose principle place of business is not Alabama.

Serious tractor trailer 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.

Tractor trailer 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 tractor trailer 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 tractor trailer accident, or are a lawyer seeking co-counsel, fill our web or phone at 404-253-7862.

Client Reviews
"Goes above and beyond and is a mountain of knowledge on spine and brain injuries. He does his research and represents you with a level of excellence. Remains a friend after representing me." Dee M., Woodstock, GA
"I have collaborated with Mr. Shigley on several initiatives within Georgia’s Judiciary over the past few years and found him to be a persistent and attentive individual. Ken has taken great pride in his involvement with the projects that I have worked on and he is good at influencing success. Despite his hectic schedule, Ken has always made time to discuss, research and review ideas for the best way to accomplish goals. I look forward to a continued working relationship in this and future roles." Jorge B., CIO, Judicial Council of Georgia
"After having to have a hole drilled in an automobile part at a machine shop 10 years ago, I told my uncle I could have done that. My uncle replied, "You are doing this once these guys do it every day" That simply means if you don't know where to turn, get help and get an expert. Ken was that help when I was severely injured during a fatal accident. Ken and his team at Shigley Law are experts, and are here to help you during your crisis. Ken will be there during the injury, recovery, and trial. He and his firm will work hard to see that you are represented fairly!" Jeremy R.
"Ken is a very kind man. He has a wealth of knowledge and is going above and beyond to help us while representing our case." Candy F., spouse of catastrophic injury client, Plains, GA
"I know Ken as trial lawyer of highest standards. Ken is knowledgeable and innovative and that translates to success in the courtroom. He is outgoing, compassionate and personable which makes him a pleasure to work with in any setting." Eric B., Attorney, Canton, GA