Litigating Trucking Accident Injury Claims: Theories of Liability, Impact of CSA Recordkeeping and Other Unique Issues

Plaintiff and Defense Strategies for Approaching Discovery, Pre-Trial Motions and Damages

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

Conducted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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This CLE webinar will provide personal injury counsel with a review of common theories of liability in trucking accident injury cases and discuss the complexities involved with litigating and/or settling claims. The panel will explain the impact of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requirements 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 a multitude of potential defendants, such as drivers, owners, leasing companies and manufacturers.

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

Damages in these cases often involve catastrophic injuries and very high damage claims. 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 plaintiff and defendant.

Listen as our panel of practitioners with experience representing trucking claims plaintiffs and defendants examines the special aspects of these cases that set them apart from other types of motor vehicle accidents. The panel will outline theories of liability, discovery considerations such as the potential impact of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data, 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 does 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?


Robert R. Foos, Jr., Atty
Lewis Wagner, Indianapolis

Mr. Foos focuses his practice on the representation of commercial carriers and commercial drivers in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. He represents several national carriers and a host of local, inter and intra-state transportation companies. Prior to joining the firm, he served as In-House Counsel and acted as managing partner for a captive law firm in the insurance industry.

Michael J. Leizerman, Managing Partner
Leizerman & Associates, Toledo, Ohio

Mr. Leizerman’s entire caseload consists of catastrophic truck crash claims, including a recent settlement of $34 million and recent verdicts of $16 million, $13.2 million and $11 million. He was the first Chairman of the American Association for Justice's (AAJ) Trucking Litigation Group. He is the co-founder of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys and author of the three volume treatise Litigating Truck Accident Cases.


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Customer Reviews

We got a lot out of the discovery considerations and applicable motor carrier safety regulations.

Howard Holden

Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Jones

Overall, a very good presentation. For my practice, the presentation was relevant and highly informative.

David Lawrenz

Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor & Martin

Great content, including everyday examples, provided by each speaker.

Tim Reed

Duncan Firm

The webinar was well-presented, interesting and informative.

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McKinney, Wainwright & Saul-Olson

The relevance of the material and impact on the PI practice area was greatly appreciated.

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