Motor Carrier

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The motor carrier industry is vital to the economy of the United States as over 70% of all freight tonnage goes on trucks. It is important for commercial transportation companies to have reliable, experienced counsel that understand the issues facing the industry. Our focus is in representing our motor carrier clients on the full range of legal issues that may arise throughout the course of business.  Examples of our representation include:

  • Defense of issues unique to the transportation industry including compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act, such as driver log qualifications, hours of service regulations, drug testing, etc.
  • Defense of catastrophic (multiple deaths) and severe personal injury claims, including use of expert witnesses such as accident reconstructionists, economists, vocational disability experts, psychological experts, and medical experts performing independent medical examinations and records reviews.
  • Representation in cargo claims involving the Carmack Amendment to the Interstate Commerce Act.
  • Representation of major trucking companies in defense of wage and hour claims, including collective class action claims.
  • Negotiation of side track agreements between manufacturing companies and transportation companies.
  • Defense of major interstate trucking and logistics companies in addition to intrastate carriers and owner operators.
  • Sale of a major logistics subsidiary involving assignment of part leases, broker agreements, and carrier combined with outsourcing arrangement in United States and Mexico between buyer and seller.

We represent clients in a number of matters related to motor carrier transportation, including:

-  Accident litigation.
-  Cargo claims.
Environmental issues
Insurance coverage, including layers of insurance.
Labor and employment.
Mergers and acquisitions.
-  Negotiation and drafting of contracts.
-  Warehousing claims.
-  Warranty claims.
-  Workers compensation.

In addition, given the volatile nature of the transportation industry, our team is prepared to respond quickly to client’s calls; responding day or night in the event of an accident, and going to the scene in the critical hours immediately following an accident to gather and preserve evidence, guide investigators, and interact with authorities – all to ensure our clients’ interests are protected.

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