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New trends in industry standards for commercial motor carriers

Written by Steve Gursten Posted October 14th, 2015

Truck Roundtable attorney Joe Fried to moderate and present at Advanced 360 Advocacy Conference, “How to Win Trucking Cases”

Truck accident attorney Joe Fried

Most injury lawyers mistakenly treat truck accident cases as if they were simply big car crash cases but with bigger policy limits.

Nothing could be further from the truth. There’s an entire body of federal and state safety rules and regulations that set important standards for truckers and motor carriers. These are rules cases, not car wreck cases.

Our Roundtable Co-Founding attorney Joe Fried will be presenting on the latest trends in the commercial motor carrier industry and specifically, on safety standards for motor carriers during the largest legal conference in the country for injury attorneys this November. The conference, “How to Win Trucking Cases – 2015 Advanced Course,” is sponsored by the 360 Advocacy Group, and will run Nov. 1-3 in Las Vegas, at the Encore Hotel.

Joe’s topics are “Industry Standards for Truckers and Motor Carriers: What They Are and Where to Find Them” and “Industry Standards for Truckers and Motor Carriers: Application to Exam Corporate Designees, Safety Directors and Drivers.”

Oh, and when Joe isn’t speaking, he will be moderating the three-day seminar.

Regarding his first presentation, Joe says the trucking industry has responded to federal trucking regulations by defining what should be expected of truckers and motor carriers – in other words, by defining standards of care for truckers and trucking companies.  This presentation will explain these standards and the sources that document them. It’s the culmination of years of work in studying industry sources and distilling the standards.

Joe’s second presentation is designed to teach his cutting-edge approach to the examination of the key people in every trucking case, such as the corporate designees, safety directors and drivers, to start. The emphasis is on defining the rules of safe conduct.

“How to Win Trucking Cases” is an advanced legal seminar focused on the skills, tactics and techniques that teach lawyers to successfully litigate – and win – all types of trucking cases. All three of our Roundtable Co-Founders will be presenting. Our goal is to better protect people hurt in commercial motor vehicles accidents – often at the hands of negligent truck company management and truckers who have a profits-over-safety mentality.

If you’re interested in attending the conference, here’s more information, including other conference topics and registration.

Last week, I expanded on my topic, “Settlement Tips and Strategies in Truck Accident Cases.” And next week, we will get into more detail on Michael Leizerman’s topics, “The Disabled Commercial Vehicle Case,” and “Closing Argument: Getting All You Ask For.”

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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.