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Webinar: Truck driver deposition strategy

Written by Steve Gursten Posted May 22nd, 2017

Truck Attorney Roundtable Co-Founder Steven Gursten leads national legal webinar on company, truck driver depositions and handling 30(b)(6) matters

truck driver depositions

On May 24, I’ll be part of Stafford Publications’ 90-minute “Deposing Truck Drivers and Trucking Company Representatives in Injury Cases” CLE webinar.

The webinar is designed so that lawyers will be able to interact and ask … Read More

Can trucking company J.B. Hunt keep details of its ‘preventability’ investigation secret?

Written by Steve Gursten Posted March 19th, 2017

Indiana Appeals Court rules motor carrier couldn’t use ‘subsequent remedial measures’ rule to hide investigation details about why its truck driver could have prevented a truck accident on I-65 in Indiana

Preventability investigation results, subsequent remedial measures

Trucking company J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., knew its truck driver could have prevented a truck accident that left a young mother with “serious, permanent … Read More

Breaking news: CSA scores no longer available for public’s eyes

Written by Steve Gursten Posted December 11th, 2015

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration removing safety scores  increases the risk of truck accidents

CSA scores

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) has removed much of its information on motor carriers’ Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores. This move by the agency, which sets federal regulations for truck and bus companies, followed President Obama’s signing of the … Read More

What happens if you’re in a truck accident by a driver with a fake CDL?

Written by Steve Gursten Posted July 15th, 2015

Scammers busted in Florida for helping 600 Russians get fraudulent CDLs

Russian CDL scam

Larex, Inc. helped Russian truck drivers falsify residences and pass written and skills tests for commercial driver licenses. So more than 600 Russians that likely would have failed got their trucking licenses.

But what happens when one of these drivers causes a truck wreck?… Read More

What lawyers can do when truck companies try to avoid liability by classifying truckers as independent contractors

Written by Steve Gursten Posted June 25th, 2015

A recent $228 million lawsuit against FedEx shows how to get around this incorrect classification after a truck accident

independent truck driver classification

The new trend in trucking litigation over the last several years has been trucking companies attempting to re-classify their drivers as “independent contractors,” instead of as actual employees of the trucking company. They’re doing this to … Read More

Massive PR campaign aims to improve image (and jury appeal) of trucking industry

Written by Steve Gursten Posted November 25th, 2014

Is the goal making trucking companies as defendants in personal injury lawsuits more likeable, after looking at the donors behind this campaign?

Commercial-trucks-300x145“Trucking moves America forward.” You’ll be hearing a lot of this slogan in the coming year. The trucking industry has recently taken an ambitious and aggressive step aimed at improving the image of … Read More

Big trucking industry lobby pushes for SMS safety scores to be removed from public

Written by Steve Gursten Posted October 14th, 2014

What do OOIDA and ATA have to hide from the public and truck accident attorneys?

SMS Safety Measurement System website

As fall is upon us, the trucking lobby made a last-ditch push to try to get the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to remove SMS scores from the public domain. This would mean the public and safety groups would … Read More

Why the push back from OOIDA on increased insurance limits?

Written by Steve Gursten Posted October 1st, 2014

Hint: the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has quietly become the fourth largest truck insurer in terms of MCS-90 Filings in the country

The hot topic in the commercial trucking world this past summer was regarding raising insurance minimums. And raising insurance policy limits is also one of the few things that many on both sides … Read More

Truck attorney tip 6: Using joint and several liability laws to prevent a trucking company from sweeping negligence under the rug

Written by Steve Gursten Posted August 21st, 2014

How to stop a dangerous trucking company’s lawyers from hiding evidence by admitting negligence

Sweep under the rug

Today we’re wrapping up our series dealing with the all-too-common commercial transportation defense attorney tactic of admitting “negligence” as a way to limit or completely preclude an attorney from showing just how bad the trucking company was and all the things … Read More

Attorney Michael Leizerman on CNBC: Truck companies wiping safety records clean after crashes

Written by Steve Gursten Posted August 19th, 2014

A “chameleon carrier,” a truck company that closes and opens up under a new name after it breaks safety laws, is what killed Leizerman’s client

Truck attorney Mike Leizerman on CNBC

CNBC is airing a compelling series about truck safety.  The series will hopefully  resonate with the public on what’s often really occurring behind the wheels of commercial trucks. And Truck … Read More

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