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Transportation Law

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.

Contact our transportation lawyers online or at (617) 523-6200 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.

Decades Of Representing Drivers & Their Employers

Our 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 Boston 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. From threatened litigation through trial, we never stop vigorously defending 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.

Call our transportation lawyers at (617) 523-6200 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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    Alexander W. Ahrens

    Associate

    Alex is an associate in our Connecticut office. He graduated summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law. He has a B.A. degree in English from Gettysburg College. Alex was an Associate Editor of the Quinnipiac Law Review and received awards for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Performance in Oral Advocacy.
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    Kaitlin A. Bair

    Associate

    Kaitlin is a Colorado native. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State and earned her J.D. at the University of Connecticut School of Law. During her time at UConn, Kaitlin served as an Executive Editor of the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal and was involved in the mediation and criminal law clinics. Kaitlin began her practice working with a national insurer where she gained valuable exposure to insurance defense.

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    Steven M. Banks

    Associate

    Steve studied business and psychology at Indiana University where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He then attended Quinnipiac University School of Law and was honored with the Dean's Scholarship award. Following graduation from law school, Steve joined a small law firm in Danbury, Connecticut where he grew his practice for eleven years before joining Melick & Porter.
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    Brian C. Davis

    Partner

    Brian is a partner in Melick & Porter's Boston office. He focuses his practice on defending individual and corporate clients in complex civil litigation matters including general liability, hospitality and restaurant litigation, entertainment and sports litigation, construction litigation, transportation litigation and toxic tort, including asbestos. He is admitted to the state and federal court of Massachusetts.
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    Christopher D. George

    Partner

    Chris joined the firm in 2010 and concentrates his practice on the defense of complex liability matters in the areas of construction, dram shop, premises, automobile, and catastrophic tort. Prior to joining Melick & Porter, Chris worked at a civil litigation defense firm outside of Boston where he specialized in construction and automobile matters.
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    William L. Keville Jr.

    Partner

    Bill is a seasoned trial attorney with extensive trial experience and successful verdicts defending clients in construction, complex product liability, premises liability, dram shop, transportation and sports and recreation matters. He represents product manufacturers, contractors, shopping malls, restaurants, major real estate developers, property owners, condominium associations, resorts and ski areas.
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    Michael J. Mazurczak

    Member

    Maz has been at Melick & Porter his entire legal career. He began as a Law Clerk in the summer of 1988 and joined the firm as an Associate in the fall of 1989. Maz has extensive experience in complex civil litigation matters, representing clients in both federal and state courts for 30 years. A significant portion of his practice involves employment law and includes providing major national corporations with oversight and defense of their employment litigation.
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    Carolyn M. Miller

    Partner

    Carolyn is a partner at Melick & Porter's Boston office. Carolyn joined the firm in 2014, after having worked at another Boston insurance defense firm for over five years. Carolyn has extensive experience in defending individual and corporate clients in a wide variety of complex multi-party construction-related matters, including personal injury, wrongful death and breach of contract claims in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts.
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    Diane O. Pires

    Associate

    Diane is a cum laude graduate of New England Law | Boston. She received the New England Scholar Award during all three years of law school and was honored to receive the President Anna E. Hirsch Award at graduation. Diane served as the Managing Editor of the New Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement from 2010-2011.
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    Holly G. Rogers

    Partner

    Holly is a partner in the firm’s Connecticut and New York offices. Her practice focuses on all facets of employment law, and the areas of professional liability and general liability. Holly represents clients in both federal and state courts in Connecticut and New York, as well as before federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights.
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    Matthew C. Welnicki

    Partner

    Matt focuses his practice on tort defense (including product liability, abuse cases, transportation claims and premises liability matters), business litigation, environmental law, and insurance matters. He has significant experience in the Massachusetts and Connecticut state and federal courts and before administrative agencies and arbitration panels.
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