New England Transportation Lawyers
Protecting Your Company’s Future After An Accident
Motor vehicle crashes, trucking accidents, and heavy machinery incidents happen at all hours of the day and night and can result in serious bodily injury and substantial property damage. From the initial investigation through trial, Melick & Porter, LLP has the experience and resources to evaluate the needs of the particular situation, provide critical advice, and defend against any claim.
Our transportation law attorneys in New England can assist if you are facing personal injury claims or other lawsuits related to your transportation company. We serve clients in need throughout New England.
Common Types Of Transportation Claims
Big vehicles create big risks – accidents involving trucks and buses can cause serious damages, especially if they are carrying cargo.
Common types of claims transportation companies address include:
- Personal injury claims: Unsurprisingly, many transportation claims are for injuries that result from vehicle collisions. Truck and bus accidents can involve rollovers, T-bone collisions, rear-end collisions, and sideswiping that can lead to injuries such as broken bones, internal bleeding, spinal cord and neck injuries, and head and brain trauma.
- Wrongful death claims: Families file wrongful death claims against transportation companies on behalf of their loves ones who passed away in vehicle accidents. Families may be seeking compensation for the deceased’s medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
- Property loss claims: These claims are filed by individuals seeking to recover the cost of damage to their vehicles or personal property after an accident. The damages sought in these claims include repairs or replacements of the car, personal items inside the vehicle, and other property caused by the accident, as well as towing and rental car expenses.
- Catastrophic injury claims: As larger personal injury claims, these claims attempt to recover damages for medical bills including hospital stays, surgery costs, prescription medications, and ambulance rides. Serious injuries may also require long-term care and physical therapy.
Transportation companies may also face allegations of maintenance failures, defective parts, and inadequate training programs. Our firm aims to help you minimize financial exposure, and we strive to resolve your claims in an efficient matter.
M&P’s Rapid Response Team
Immediate response is critical when trucking accidents occur because many involve serious bodily injury or death. Our Rapid Response Team (RRT) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond when serious accidents occur. Our RRT is immediately dispatched to the accident scene to preserve physical evidence, obtain witness information and statements, investigate the cause of the accident, and perform a download of the ECM if necessary. Information collected by our RRT helps us strengthen our client’s defenses to limit liability and mitigate damages. This often leads to efficient and practical resolutions through mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Because we have extensive knowledge of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, we are able to provide first-class legal representation through every phase of our client’s case, from pre-suit investigations all the way through trial.
Decades Of Representing Drivers & Their Employers
Our New England transportation law attorneys have years of experience working with trucking, bus, and other types of transportation companies and their drivers. We stay apprised of changes in the regulatory, business, and technology aspects of the transportation industry, and we provide pre-claim preventative advice. We can assist you with the drafting of transportation contracts to protect you and your company, and can include issues such as insurance coverage, liability of shippers and brokers, and punitive damages.
One unique situation trucks and buses face that private passenger cars do not is the need to comply with U.S. Department of Transportation and state regulations. Our transportation lawyers in New England understand these regulations and regularly help clients maintain their vehicles to ensure they are up to code.
When accidents happen, we are prepared to immediately respond to protect our clients’ interests and gather critical information. We work with accident reconstructionists, engineers, and other experts to achieve favorable results for our clients.
We are proud members of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), the Defense Research Institute (DRI), and the Risk Management Society (RIMS), which are committed to transportation safety and claims reduction.
Our transportation lawyers can assist if your bus or trucking company is facing a claim, or if you need preventative counsel to minimize your risk of future lawsuits. We are available to help your company anywhere in New England.
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