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Facing a growing number of personal injury claims, larger than ever damage awards, complex industry-specific regulations and government oversight, the trucking sector needs guidance from attorneys who know its industry, understand the issues and challenges that arise and can effectively protect its interests in and out of court.  

Segal McCambridge has been advising and representing trucking industry clients for decades, litigating disputes when they arise and providing practical day-to-day risk avoidance, operations, management and regulatory guidance.

Wide-Ranging Experience

Representing clients ranging from small trucking companies to many of the largest regional and national trucking companies and their insurers, we have advised on and litigated a wide variety of matters involving such issues as:

  • Cargo loss or damage
  • Catastrophic loss
  • Hours of service
  • Driver qualification
  • Negligence and driver error claims
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Employment practices
  • Spills, environmental losses and cleanup liability
  • Insurance claims and coverage
  • Vehicle inspection and maintenance
  • Personal injury and wrongful death
  • Premises liability
  • Product liability
  • Property damage
  • Towing and storage issues
  • Traffic and regulatory violations
  • Warranties and service contracts
  • Workers’ compensation

We also advise on the compliance safety accountability standards and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act regulations.

Working collaboratively with our employment and insurance lawyers, as well as others throughout the firm, we represent trucking companies in many different facets of their businesses.

Rapid Response Accident Team

Segal McCambridge has transportation lawyers available 24-7, an extensive database of trucking-related information and resources, and longstanding relationships with leading medical and technical experts, insurance adjusters and accident specialists. Employing these resources, we are ready when an accident occurs or litigation is threatened. Working closely with accident investigators and reconstructionists, technology specialists and other experts, we inspect the accident scene, interview witnesses, conduct on-site and post-crash assessments, and preserve key evidence.

Although we always strive to resolve both small and large claims quickly and efficiently, when litigation is unavoidable, we have the experience, skill and level of preparedness to build a strong defense. In each instance, we analyze the evidence, structure a state-of-the-art presentation and devise the most compelling arguments to convince claimants to settle or judges and juries to find in our clients’ favor. We aggressively litigate in both state and federal court as well as before administrative agencies and we are also experienced with and skilled at resolving matters through settlement negotiations and through mediation, arbitration and other alternatives to litigation.

Proactive Risk Avoidance

Clients also rely on us for proactive guidance on establishing and implementing loss prevention and risk mitigation strategies, safety and emergency-response protocols, and employment policies and procedures. We regularly review and negotiate insurance coverage terms, employment agreements, transportation contracts and business-related documents, offer guidance on the risks and benefits of technology, and the importance of preserving evidence.

Active in industry organizations, such as ATA, TIDA, and TLA, we stay current on the latest trends and legal developments impacting our clients. Our lawyers frequently conduct training programs for trucking company personnel, insurance company clients and their insureds, addressing liability and coverage concerns, risk management strategies and matters arising in the course of doing business.