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The Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable

July 20, 2012 by Steven M. Gursten

Experienced trucking attorneys from across the nation working together to help accident victims

I’m honored to be part of a special group of trucking attorneys called the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable. The Roundtable is completely unique. There has never been a law firm like it. Never before has a new law firm been created that is comprised of some of the most experienced and respected trucking attorneys from around the nation.

By coming together and working together on some of the most serious truck accident cases in the nation – something we could never do before this new law firm was created – we believe we can reach results for our clients that none of us could by ourselves before. That’s why we decided to call it the Roundtable.

The idea behind the Roundtable was that by working together, we could change an industry. Today, there are far too many companies in the commercial transportation industry that largely ignore safety.  We see an industry where almost one in four large commercial trucks on our roads are in such a dangerous state of mechanical disrepair that they would be considered too dangerous to drive.  We see trucking companies constantly cutting safety corners, and then using these shortcuts to underbid good trucking companies on price. We see unfit truck drivers who have already caused too many accidents jumping from state to state and putting the public at terrible risk.

And this problem, which results in nearly 5,000 people being killed every year, is then magnified by lawyers advertising for trucking accident cases who really don’t have the experience and background to litigate these cases properly.  When these bad trucking companies are not held accountable, and when serious mandatory safety violations are never discovered by inexperienced lawyers, these companies learn they can continue to take dangerous shortcuts.

And the problem of too many unsafe trucks and unfit drivers on our roads continues to get worse, threatening us all.

Our founding lawyer members believe that together, we can make a real difference.  And we believe that by making this difference, we can ultimately save lives.  By working together and making sure that truck accident victims recover the best results possible (by holding the trucking company fully accountable for each and every safety violation that led to the crash), we can cause other bad actors in the commercial transportation industry today to change.

I’m happy to report that it’s already started. They are talking about the Roundtable at trucking industry defense seminars today.

The founding members of this law firm have litigated more than 600 truck accident cases to either settlement or trial verdict. Each of these lawyers has demonstrated a strong commitment to safety, and to taking on the bad actors in the trucking industry.

Each founding attorney member of the Roundtable has also demonstrated incredible success helping victims of truck accident cases, with a proven track record that includes record-breaking trial verdicts and settlements.

The founding members of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable are also great human beings and friends, who share my own personal commitment to trying to make a difference.  We promise our clients that every single safety violation that led to the truck accident will be discovered and aggressively litigated. We promise to hold the trucking company fully responsible for all of the injuries or the wrongful deaths that their violations have caused.

Because of this commitment that we make to our clients, we can only accept a certain number of serious truck accident cases throughout the country.

But that doesn’t help to change an industry.  Lawyer advertising for trucking accidents has had a terrible side-effect of allowing trucking companies that committed outrageous safety violations to get away with it.  In far too many cases, the lawyer who advertises the “loudest” doesn’t know how trucking cases are different, and doesn’t find the safety violations that led to the crash. This lets the bad trucking companies continue their old ways, until another person is injured or killed in a terrible trucking accident.

We’ve seen all sorts of personal injury lawyers doing mass advertising for catastrophic truck accident cases, even though these lawyers  have no real experience. To change an industry, these bad trucking companies and unfit drivers must be held fully accountable for each and every safety violation they chose to ignore that led to the injury or death.  If they get away with it, they’ll keep on doing it.

Therefore, our founding members made a second commitment.  If  we can’t take your case personally, we will cut through the noise of legal advertising to find you a truly qualified, experienced and successful trucking attorney who knows how to litigate serious injury cases against the trucking industry in your city or state.

– Attorney Steven Gursten is a founding member of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable and head of Michigan Auto Law. He is past president of the American Association for Justice Truck Accident Lawyer Litigation Group, and was named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law for his work to promote national truck safety.  He has recovered the top-reported truck accident injury settlement and trial verdict in Michigan over multiple years, according to year-end verdict and settlement reports by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Related information to protect yourself:

What you need to know about truck accident law

How truck accident cases are different than car accidents

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