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Who wrote the book on truck accident litigation? Roundtable attorney Joe Fried did

Written by Steve Gursten Posted January 18th, 2017

“Handling Trucking Cases” is now available to truck accident lawyers everywhere on Trial Guides

The Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable is comprised of some of the most experienced and respected trucking attorneys from around the nation — all working together to help people injured by trucks and to achieve the best possible results when a catastrophic trucking accident occurs.

Here’s our latest testament to being the thought leaders and legal authorities in the arena of truck accident litigation.

Roundtable Co-Founder Joe Fried has written another book and lecture called “Handling Trucking Cases.” It’s now available to our fellow personal injury lawyers on Trial Guides.

First, a little background on Joe: Joe Fried uses his past experience as a judge and as a former police officer to help people injured in truck and bus accidents. He has successfully litigated commercial motor vehicle accident cases in about 20 states, and he has recovered in excess of $100 million in settlements and trial verdicts for his clients and clients of the Roundtable in just the past two years alone. Joe has achieved record-breaking settlements and trial verdicts in multiple states and over multiple years.

Most recently, he was co-counsel in a case resulting in an $80 million truck accident settlement on behalf of seven nursing students near Savannah, Georgia in April 2015. A truck driver slammed in to a line of cars that had stopped for an earlier crash. The truck driver never hit his brakes before impact but denied falling asleep or being distracted. Five of the nursing students were killed and the other two were seriously injured.

Before agreeing to the settlement, Joe secured commitments from the trucking companies involved that they would make changes to prevent future crashes. The biggest was a commitment by the trucking companies to implement the latest “forward looking collision avoidance technology” on all their new trucks.

Joe has also spoken at more than 100 legal seminars on how to litigate trucking cases and how to properly investigate truck accidents for police and law enforcement groups.

Now here’s a little about Joe’s new book on truck accident litigation

Joe makes it a point to stress that trucking cases are not just big auto cases, so personal injury lawyers taking on such cases do not look at them like a car crash with bigger policy limits.

Instead, Joe explains that truck accident lawsuits involve special safety regulations, unique industry safety and operational standards, a complex array of insurance issues, more complex crash dynamics and reconstruction issues, and a whole lot more.

In his latest book and lecture, Joe shares some of the key things that lawyers need to know, and some of the biggest mistakes to avoid when litigating truck accident injury lawsuits. This is real-world tested and proven information, presented in an immediately usable way.

Attorneys will learn:

  • The key trucking safety regulations and how and when they apply.
  • The key trucking industry documents to obtain and understand how to use in every trucking case.
  • How to find and prove trucking industry standards with Joe’s unique layering approach.
  • How to use a Rules of the Road approach when examining trucking company Rule 30(b)(6) designees and safety directors.
  • When higher standards of “extreme caution” apply in trucking cases.
  • When a pickup truck can be held to commercial motor vehicle standards.
  • Post-crash drug and alcohol testing requirements.
  • How to build a case so every juror will care about the outcome.

This presentation provides proven methods for more successfully handling trucking cases for beginning and seasoned attorneys alike.
Joe’s first books are entitled “Truck Accident Litigation” and “Understanding Motor Carrier Claims.”

Truck Roundtable co-founder Michael Leizerman is the author of the treatise “Litigating Truck Accident Cases.”

Truck Roundtable co-founder Steven Gursten is the President of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and a past-President of the American Association for Justice Truck Accident Litigation Group.

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About Steve Gursten

Attorney Steven Gursten is president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and past president of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group. He has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Leader in the Law" for his efforts to prevent truck accidents and promote national truck safety. Steve was also a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year" for a record settlement in a truck accident case. He has received the top reported truck accident jury verdict and top reported truck accident settlement in Michigan for multiple years, according to published year-end compilations of all jury verdicts and personal injury settlements by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He has been named a "Top 50 Super Lawyer," by SuperLawyers, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been awarded an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. Steve speaks to lawyers throughout the country on truck accident litigation. He is a founding member of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable, head of Michigan Auto Law, and has dedicated his legal career to making our roads safer.
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