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Savannah / Chatham County Georgia Trucking Accidents

Savannah, the oldest, most beautiful and most historic city in Georgia, is the center of intermodal ship-to-truck container freight shipping in Georgia. Tractor trailers hauling container freight to and from the Port of Savannah may be involved in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death incidents with great legal and factual complexity.

Intermodal container freight trucking cases can be exponentially more complex than regular tractor trailer, big rig or semi truck injury cases, just as those interstate trucking cases are exponentially more complicated than regular car wreck cases.

In addition, interstate truck truck traffic on I-95 and I-16 too often brings about catastrophic accidents, typically involving tired truckers passing through between the Northeast and Florida.

The Savannah area also includes a great deal of pulpwood and paper production, with occasional catastrophic accidents governed by the Georgia Forest Products Trucking Rules, with which we have considerable experience.

Civil cases in Savannah may be filed in the Superior Court of Chatham County or State Court of Chatham County. However, many interstate trucking cases and intermodal container freight cases wind up in federal district court because the plaintiffs and defendants are residents of different states and even different countries. Savannah is the headquarters of the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Ken Shigley has been a member of the Southern District bar since 1985, when he was defending cases against state agencies and was admitted in a ceremony along with lawyers from the Georgia Attorney General's office.

When General James Oglethorpe founded the colony of Georgia at Savannah in 1733, initially as a place to resettle inmates of debtors' prisons in England, he ordered that lawyers were to be banned from the colony. That prohibition didn't last long. For many generations, Savannah has had one of the strongest components of the legal profession in Georgia.

Ken Shigley has solid friendships with many lawyers and judges in the Savannah area, and frequently travels from Atlanta to Savannah to meet with clients, handle cases, and deal with professional association business.

Mr. Shigley is available to meet with prospective clients by appointment in Savannah.

Client Reviews
"My family hired Ken after our parents were killed in a trucking accident in GA in 2013. We worked with Ken for 19 months before our case settled. During this time I thought Ken was outstanding. He was accessible to us at all times and maintained consistent communication. He was patient with us and took time to explain the finer points of law. While we avoided going to trial, he prepared diligently and I felt like he was leaving nothing to chance. I am relieved that our case is complete and I will miss working with Ken. He was very thoughtful and caring while helping us to stay relaxed. I would highly recommend him to anyone who requires these types of services." David U., Client, Vermont
"When tragedy struck our family in the form of the wrongful death of our son and caused me physical injuries and changed our lives forever, we dragged our feet about hiring a lawyer. I didn't want to face having to go through the stress. Big mistake. The first thing you do is hire local counsel. I found Mr. Shigley by surfing the web, and we got a listening ear. He was realistic, professional and worked very hard in our behalf. Not only that, he showed a genuine concern for our family, and ran interference for us on a number of issues relative to our case. If I had it to do over again, I would have hired him sooner." Carolyn R., Newnan, GA
"After my parents were killed in a tractor truck accident on December 2013, he fought hard against the insurance companies to help my brother, sister, and I. He was honest and always available to answer any questions I had. Ken went out of his way to meet with my brother and I while on vacation in New England. He was awesome in explaining everything to us in detail and looked out for us with every step of the lawsuit. I would highly recommend him." Joan M., Client, Massachusetts
"I first met Ken when I watched him try a very difficult case involving catastrophic injuries. He was an incredibly effective advocate and was able to obtain justice for his client. I have since come to know him as one of the state's leading trial lawyers, particularly in trucking cases, which involves complex regulatory and legal issues not involved in other types of cases. I do not hesitate to recommend Ken for any kind of personal injury case." John H., Attorney, Atlanta
"Ken Shigley is an excellent trial lawyer in the area of commercial trucking. He knows the specialized rules for handling truck wreck cases for the victims and their families when tractor-trailers leave a devastating loss, catastrophic injuries and deaths. He is an advocate who understands the impact on his clients and is highly effective in bringing them justice." Myles E., Attorney, Atlanta