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What ‘works’ when it comes to winning truck accident injury cases?

February 28, 2017 by Steven M. Gursten

Attorney Steve Gursten of Michigan Auto Law shares his tips for truck accident lawyers at the Florida Association for Justice 2017 Workhorse Seminar

Steve Gursten, truck accident attorney
Michigan Auto Law’s Steve Gursten presenting at the American Association for Justice’s 2016 Annual Convention.

Lots of injury attorneys have questions about how truck accident cases should be tried.

That’s because most – even the lawyers who advertise for trucking accident cases on television – have never tried one.

Trucking cases are different. And lawyers need to know what works and what doesn’t.

That will be the topic this week when Steve Gursten will be discussing “What Works, What Doesn’t in Trucking Litigation” on March 2, 2017, at the Florida Association for Justice’s 2017 Workhorse Seminar in Orlando, Florida.

This unique type of litigation requires specific industry knowledge (of the rules and safety regulations covering commercial transportation). And it requires a lot of hard work.

I’ll be presenting an actual trucking death case of mine that went to trial recently and will share the lessons from my focus groups and the trial.

Included in the tips that I will cover during my presentation are the following:

  • Frame company violations in terms of affirmative choice. You can do so by using your expert and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations.
  • Deposition of the trucking safety director is KEY.
  • Why what the truck driver did wrong is less important than what the company did wrong.
  • Why personal injury lawyers should never “trade” admitted liability or admitted vicarious liability against a company in exchange for not putting on proofs of what the company did or failed to do.
  • Why the verdict form at trial must include both the company and the driver.

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