Cassiday Schade's Transportation practice group represents motor carriers, owners, operators, trucking companies and insurance carriers in what are often catastrophic accidents involving trucks, trains, buses, vans, automobiles and other modes of transportation. Our rapid response team of attorneys, accident reconstructionists and transportation investigators is on-call 24 hours a day and can be immediately dispatched to preserve and document physical evidence, inspect vehicles and perform a download of the electronic control module.
We also frequently defend cases where the first notice is the lawsuit. Our attorneys perform early assessments of both the liability and damage aspects of each case. This analysis often leads to an early resolution by way of alternative dispute methods including mediation. When litigation does arise, our experience in driver qualification and retention issues, and in both spoliation of evidence and punitive damage claims in the specific context of transportation litigation, has helped drive down indemnity payments. We have been successful in limiting damages, particularly when we contest the nature and extent of plaintiffs’ claimed injuries. Our transportation team works in conjunction with the coverage department when there are issues involving tenders of defense, contractual indemnity, insurance policy interpretation, and coverage litigation between insurers.
Our attorneys are members of the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA) and Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) and have authored articles on relevant topics for a number of industry publications.