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Litigating Trucking Accident Injury Claims: Theories of Liability, Impact of CSA Recordkeeping, and More

Plaintiff and Defense Approaches to Discovery, Pre-Trial Motions, and Damages

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, July 26, 2023

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This CLE course will provide personal injury counsel with a review of conventional theories of liability in trucking accident injury cases and discuss the complexities involved with litigating and settling claims. In addition, the panel will explain the impact of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and other legal and practical considerations when bringing or defending trucking injury claims.


Trucking accident cases are complex and involve legal and practical concerns that set them apart from other motor vehicle accidents. Among the challenges are the various theories of liability and many potential defendants, including drivers, owners, brokers, and others.

Discovery offers many unresolved twists. For example, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gathers carrier and driver data. The impact of this accident data on litigation is a crucial consideration for both plaintiffs and defendants.

Trucking accident cases often involve catastrophic injuries and very serious damages claims. Therefore, knowledge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, CSA scores, jurisdiction-specific fault allocation, and the role of insurance is of paramount importance to both plaintiffs and defendants.

Listen as our panel of practitioners with experience representing trucking claims on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants examines the aspects of these cases that set them apart from other types of motor vehicle accidents. In addition, the panel will outline theories of liability, discovery considerations, and legal and practical strategies for pursuing claims or defending against liability.



  1. Common causes of trucking accidents
  2. Theories of liability
  3. Overview of federal trucking safety regulations
  4. Practical concerns for the practitioner
    1. Post-crash inspection
    2. What to include in an investigation
  5. Discovery considerations
    1. CSA data
    2. Admissibility of "preventable" designation
    3. Conditional carriers
  6. Pretrial motions
  7. Broker and shipper liability


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the rules that govern trucking safety?
  • What role do driver hiring, training, and supervision play in determining liability?
  • What are the most common causes of trucking accidents?
  • What are the potential implications of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data describing carriers and drivers?
  • How is liability assigned between multiple defendants?


Bradley, Bryan
Bryan L. Bradley

Allen Law Group

Mr. Bradley focuses his practice on heavy truck and bus crash litigation and catastrophic personal injury and wrongful...  |  Read More

Mortimer, Renee
Renee J. Mortimer

Managing Partner
Lewis Brisbois

Ms. Mortimer is the managing partner of the Highland, Indiana office of Lewis Brisbois, a vice-chair of the General...  |  Read More

Villanueva, Rey
Rey O. Villanueva

Golden Rothschild Spagnola Lundell Boylan & Garubo & Bell

Mr. Villanueva concentrates his practice in areas of General Liability, Construction, Labor & Employment, and...  |  Read More

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