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Back by popular demand: What do trucking accident attorneys need to know about deposing truck drivers and trucking company representatives?

Steven Gursten of Michigan Auto Law will lead an ‘encore presentation’ teaching lawyers how to take depositions of truck drivers and motor carrier management

Attorney Steven Gursten

Attorney Steven Gursten

For accident attorneys who litigate trucking cases, there is one test that separates the lawyers who really do understand trucking from those who don’t understand the area and the regs: deposition of the truck driver and the trucking company safety manager.

Most personal injury lawyers don’t understand the area of trucking. They don’t have the specialized knowledge or deeper understanding of first what a safe trucker and safe company is supposed to do so they can then understand what they did wrong. Without understand mandatory safety requirements, these lawyers miss the choices and decisions these companies made to violate the rules that are meant to keep us all safe. They focus instead on the 2-3 seconds of the crash itself, and handle a truck accident like it is just a car accident case but with bigger insurance policy limits. And as a result of this combination of ignorance and hubris, the clients can lose millions.

During my years as an attorney helping people and families whose lives have been devastated by a truck crash, I’ve seen first-hand – time and again – how the deposition of a negligent trucker and trucking company representative can be the key to unlocking the truth about how and why a tragedy occurred.

It is also the key to reaching a just and fair settlement that will truly compensate a client who has been catastrophically injured, or a family that has just lost a husband and father.

Also, the deposition of the trucking company’s management – and especially its so-called “safety manager” – is critical to uncovering the safety violations and the brazen disregard of federal safety regulations that contributed to an innocent person or family being seriously injured or killed in a truck wreck.

These are important lessons I’m proud to have learned – lessons that I believe all trucking accident attorneys should have the benefit of.

That’s why I’m honored to co-lead Strafford Publication’s “encore presentation” of its 90-minute, national, legal CLE webinar called, “Deposing Truck Drivers and Trucking Company Representatives in Injury Cases” on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 1:00 p.m. (EDT).

Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a “live,” inter-active questions & answers session with some of the top truck accident lawyers in the U.S. Here’s more information and registration help.

How to properly depose truckers and trucking company safety directors

This webinar is designed to give injury attorneys representing truck accident survivors the skills to properly depose truck drivers and trucking company management, notably the “safety directors” who are charged with making sure truckers are healthy, qualified and trained before they hit the road. The issues to be covered will include the following:

  • What topics should personal injury attorneys explore when questioning truck drivers and trucking company representatives during depositions?
  • When and how should personal injury attorneys use demonstrative exhibits during depositions of truck drivers and trucking company representatives?
  • What are some best practices for crafting a deposition notice for the trucking company representative that sufficiently defines the scope of the 30(b)(6) deposition?
  • What are some best practices for dealing with difficult deponents?
  • What are some effective techniques for raising and defending objections during depositions of truck drivers and trucking company representatives?
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