Litigating Equipment Failures in Trucking Cases: The Blurring of Negligence and Products Liability
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
The CLE course will show both plaintiffs and defense counsel in trucking accident litigation how to prevent a manufacturer whose product caused an accident from escaping its obligations to contribute its fair share of any recovery. As product liability issues routinely intrude into trucking cases, attorneys for all parties may have both a duty and the desire to seek adequate and just compensation from additional defendants under product liability theories.
- Overview of products liability theory
- Design, manufacturing, warning
- How negligence differs
- Product defects found in traditional trucking equipment
- Product defects in software and sensor-driven safety systems
- Design and warning defects
- Foreseeability issues
- Countering manufacturers efforts to shift blame to drivers
The panel will review these and other topics:
- What types of "safety" systems are involved in claims?
- What types of defects (design, manufacturing, warning) are most likely to present?
- What substantive or definitional defenses are manufacturers putting up to avoid liability?
- Can defense counsel benefit from using the plaintiff's tactics against manufacturers or other third-party defendants?
- What is the impact of automation?
Walter G. Latimer
Fowler White Burnett
Mr. Latimer is an AV-rated trial lawyer who focuses his practice on complex high-exposure transportation, toxic tort,... | Read More
Mr. Latimer is an AV-rated trial lawyer who focuses his practice on complex high-exposure transportation, toxic tort, product liability, premises liability, professional liability, general liability, resort and maritime torts, and other risks, from pre-trial through appeal. He is licensed in all courts in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Missouri, and has appeared in numerous other jurisdictions pro hac vice for trial. He has over thirty years of experience with both national and international clients in numerous successful high-exposure civil cases, in both state and federal courts around the country.Close
Law Offices of Steven C. Laird
Mr. McCloskey has experience as a bankruptcy litigator under a Chapter 7 Trustee and has worked as a Justice of... | Read More
Mr. McCloskey has experience as a bankruptcy litigator under a Chapter 7 Trustee and has worked as a Justice of the Peace, misdemeanor and felony prosecutor with the Ellis County & District Attorney’s Office. He has also worked as an Adjunct Instructor at Navarro College and Tarleton State University where he taught various legal courses.Close
Fowler White Burnett
Mr. Renda is a shareholder in the Insurance Practice Group in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami offices. He is a civil... | Read More
Mr. Renda is a shareholder in the Insurance Practice Group in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami offices. He is a civil trial lawyer dedicated to defending businesses and individuals in matters involving serious personal injury arising from alleged conventional and professional negligence, product liability and toxic torts. Mr. Renda dedicates a significant portion of his practice to defending commercial motor carriers and commercial drivers in high damages, high exposure motor vehicle accidents with complex legal, scientific and medical issues. He is well versed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (or FMCSA), as well other federal, state and local regulations governing interstate and intrastate motor carriers and commercial drivers.Close