The trucking industry continues to struggle with rising fuel costs, the changing regulatory landscape, driver training, safety, and retention, environmental issues, and tort reform. The industry is also constantly in the sights of the regulators and the plaintiff’s bar. Indeed, if a tractor-trailer is remotely involved in an accident, even when the driver has committed no negligence, the transportation company is often sued for damages. When clients have high-exposure cases that must be efficiently and effectively managed, they call on McGuireWoods for quality defense.

Our team of experienced trial lawyers is not afraid to try a case to a jury. We represent clients in state and federal courts across the country, before regulatory agencies such as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and in investigations involving the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Our professionals have experience assisting clients with risk management decisions both on a case-by-case basis and as national coordinating counsel. We believe that ingenuity and aggressive defense is the most effective and efficient response to litigation. To help clients resolve disputes efficiently, we also represent clients in negotiating structured settlements and in alternative dispute resolution procedures.

In addition to accident claims, we regularly advise clients on matters involving labor and employment, workers compensation, compliance with Department of Transportation (DOT) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) hiring requirements, negligent hire and retention claims, HAZMAT and environmental claims, contract disputes, and international transactions, including laws governing the assessment of customs duties and the administration of import and export laws and regulations.

We demonstrate our commitment to the trucking industry through our participation in a range of associations and industry conferences. The lawyer who heads our trucking practice has been a member of the invitation-only Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) since 2001.

Experience

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    Vehicle fleet company

    Negotiation of contracts for a fleet of vehicles that service more than 5,000 retail stores.

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    Trucking company

    A trucking company client was guided to a favorable settlement by McGuireWoods in a matter where the client's defense was based on federal preemption of state law claims based on allegations of negligent hire, training and entrustment in Dallas, Texas.

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    Trucking companies

    Interplay of state and federal weight restrictions can be particularly tricky issue for companies who transport products over state lines, as federal restrictions can differ from state laws.

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    Transportation company

    Matters involving trailer accidents on restricted access federal highways in which loads met state but not federal law weight limits.

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    Transportation company

    We successfully defended Florida-based transportation company, and various subsidiaries, after several accidents involving allegations of improperly secured loads resulting in load-shift accidents, including a one post-collision fire. Industry standards for securing loads in a 53 foot less-than-truckload trailer were at issue in this matter which was dismissed at summary judgment.

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