How One Tennessee Woman Is Working Towards Safer Trucking Laws – And What That Means For You


In 2014, Michael Higginbotham ran into an 18-wheeler that was making an illegal U-Turn. As is often the case in such scenarios, he did not survive. His mother, Lauri, was devastated – but she also resolved to do everything in her power to ensure that no one would have to suffer such pain again.

To that end, she recently participated in a series of roundtable discussions with trucking and insurance industry leaders. Her end goal is to improve accountability in the trucking industry. To Ensure that all companies, manufacturers, and insurance companies create and maintain safety side panels known as “under rights” on 18-wheelers.

Such panels save lives, acting as buffers to prevent smaller vehicles from being caught and crushed under trucks.

“For me, it’s heartbreaking that there is a mechanism that could save lives, that could have saved Michael’s life, and that he would be here with us doing all the things enjoyed doing,“ Mrs. Higginbotham explained to WKRN. “It takes everybody to be involved to save lives.”

Mrs. Higginbotham’s efforts are noble, to be certain. There can be no doubt that at the end of these discussions, she’ll have helped make the trucking industry – and the road – safer. But there’s still much more to do even after this.

The fact is that in spite of all the progress that has been made in recent years, there is still not enough being done to take down corrupt trucking firms. I’d like to think that the majority of trucking businesses at least try to do their best to follow the rules. The problem is the ones that don’t – organizations that cut corners and fail to follow safety standards.

Take Pyle Transportation Incorporated, for example.

A small, family-owned Iowa trucking company, Pyle Transportation has been linked to a whole plethora of crimes, including the illegal smuggling of immigrants over the border, failure to pay federal employment and trucking taxes, unpaid driver wages, and a host of deaths. It’s more often firms like this that are responsible for the worst, most devastating trucking accidents. And while the law might hold them accountable for their wrongdoings, that’s little comfort to the people injured by their negligence.

That’s where Bormaster Law comes in. We have a long history of dealing with firms like Pyle Transportation – a long history of taking corrupt companies to task for their misdeeds. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a transport truck, contact us today for a free consultation. We’re here to help.

We may never eliminate unsafe driving and cost-cutting in the trucking industry altogether. But we can certainly try our best. And in the meantime, firms like Bormaster Law are here to ensure that those companies which do engage in unsavory practices don’t get away with it.