The trucking industry has experienced massive growth and ever-increasing demand over the last few years. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, this has resulted in a consistent increase in the number of trucking accidents occurring, including fatality, injury and property damage collisions. Regardless of whether a trucking company is involved in a fatality crash, injury crash or a property damage only incident, the steps taken by the motor carrier and/or its insurance carrier in the first few days after an accident can have a significant effect on the outcome of workers’ compensation and liability cases related to the accident. This course will provide an overview of the steps that should be taken in the aftermath of a truck accident to preserve defenses, document evidence, analyze risk and comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations, as well as the often competing interests of workers’ compensation and liability matters.
Elizabeth L. Bentley, Esq., Jeff K. Stinson, Esq.
December 6, 2019
I. Overview of FMCSA requirements for motor carriers
II. Best practices for investigating at the scene of an accident
III. After the accident: testing and documentation
IV. Preservation of evidence, potential experts and inspections
V. Case studies: accidents that happened, their post-accident competing interests and the outcome for workers’ compensation and liability cases
Jeff K. Stinson, Esq.
Elizabeth L. Bentley, Esq.