Truck Accident Defense

When a serious trucking accident occurs, a trucking company, its driver and other potentially liable parties need experienced defense counsel immediately. Our team understands trucking and the challenges facing the defense in truck accident litigation.

Nexsen Pruet’s Truck Accident Defense Group has extensive litigation experience and can respond immediately and proactively. That response can range from one of our attorneys going to the crash site itself with flashlight, measuring tape and camera, to handling settlement negotiations and appeals court proceedings months or years down the road.

Our attorneys know the federal motor carrier safety regulations and the critical role they play in many claims. We serve a range of clients who face potential liabilities in serious truck accidents: the motor carrier, owner-operator, truck driver, broker and trailer owner or lessee. Whether the client is self-insured or has an insurer who is providing the defense, Nexsen Pruet aggressively seeks to protect the client’s interests.

Defending these complex claims for years has taught us the importance of teamwork, effective communication and understanding the big picture.

Our approach is multi-faceted. We respond to an emergency by rapidly dispatching an accident reconstruction expert and an independent adjuster to the scene. If it makes sense, one of our attorneys will join the emergency response team on site. We make sure evidence is documented and preserved. We talk with and give advice to the driver and safety personnel of the company. Managing the crisis is of utmost importance.

Our lawyers are experienced in handling relations with law enforcement and later with the district attorney (in North Carolina) or solicitor (in South Carolina). In subsequent weeks and months, we continue to investigate with witness interviews and start developing strategies. By the time a lawsuit is filed, the groundwork has been laid for a formidable defense.

We have significant courtroom experience and skills and have successfully handled truck wreck cases through discovery, trial and appeals in state and federal courts. We are also skilled at negotiating reasonable settlements, which often provide the fastest and least expensive resolution for all parties involved.

As part of our investigation, we especially focus on the following areas, which are often critical for successful defense:

  • Admissibility of computer-generated evidence
  • Braking systems
  • Cargo securement
  • Commercial driver license requirements
  • Comparative negligence in South Carolina
  • Contributory negligence in North Carolina
  • Crash reports of state highway patrol
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Driver logs
  • Driver qualifications
  • Electronic on-board recording equipment
  • Employee safety and health standards
  • Expert witness reports and testimony
  • Federal motor carrier safety regulations
  • Hazardous materials transport
  • Hours of service
  • Motor carrier safety rating
  • Proximate cause
  • Punitive damages
  • Record retention
  • Shipping and trip documents
  • Spoliation of evidence
  • Trial preparation
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Witness interviews
  • Witness preparation for depositions and trial

Established professional reputations

Attorneys in Nexsen Pruet’s Truck Accident Defense Group have built strong reputations throughout and beyond the Carolinas. We frequently appear as speakers, presenters, and panel participants at litigation seminars, and are active in professional and industry organizations.

Many of us have earned the highest possible ranking for legal ability and professionalism, and our group has members listed in Best Lawyers in America. We have members in the Trucking Industry Defense Association, the North Carolina Trucking Association and the South Carolina Trucking Association. Dennis Lynch, co-chair of the Truck Accident Defense Group, is vice chair of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorney's Association's Trucking Substantive Law Committee.

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    Joan is well versed in all areas of environmental law and regulation for a diverse number of applications. She has provided sound advice on real estate matters, and regulatory matters involving operating permits and rules governing operations in South Carolina and North Carolina. Joan is responsive to client requirements, is an effective communicator, and has been successful at providing sound advice in working with government agencies to amicably resolve complicated regulatory matters.

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    As an attorney myself, when I needed assistance in a white collar matter, I was immediately referred to
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    As an attorney myself, when I needed assistance in a white collar matter, I was immediately referred to
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    We as family members of his client did most of the work in gathering helpful info. then all he basically did was read what we had collected. Did not stand up enough for our son.

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    They were always fast with a response to a question of mine and it was very affordable with great services.

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Diversity

Nexsen Pruet recognizes the importance of having lawyers that reflect the broad diversity within our client base, our jury system, our colleagues, and our community at large.  To that end, we are committed to recruiting minority candidates, reducing minority attrition, supporting minority organizations, and expanding and improving our diversity program.  We also recognize that the pursuit of a diverse workplace is, and should be, ongoing. 

As a means of promoting these interests, we created the Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholarship Program. Prior to creating the scholarship, we completed a written plan that identified methods by which the firm could recruit, hire, and retain minority lawyers. The plan includes expanding our recruitment efforts to other law schools, increasing recruitment of lateral minority and female candidates, and continuing to develop and enhance our relationships with minority law organizations such as the Black Law Students Association.  Our goal is to identify qualified minority candidates who may be potential members of the firm.

Nexsen Pruet understands the need for and value of increased diversity, and we are strengthening and building upon our commitment to provide an inclusive environment within our firm.  As such, we will maintain a continuing focus on doing whatever we can to achieve the important and necessary goal of diversity.

 

Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholarship

Strengthening the Lawyers of Tomorrow...Today

   The Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholarship aims to:  

  • Support diversity within our firm and the bar  
  • Enhance educational opportunities for talented minorities in the field of law  
  • Inform minority law students of opportunities for private practice in the Carolinas   

The Scholarship Program will award $3000 to one or more exceptional first year minority law students planning a career in North or South Carolina.   

All scholarship recipients will be considered for summer employment in one of the Nexsen Pruet offices upon completion of their first year of law school.  Scholarship recipients are invited to re-apply for additional scholarships during their second and third years of law school.   

 Eligible students must be attending one of the following schools:

  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Wake Forest University School of Law 
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law 
  • Charleston School of Law
  • Charlotte School of Law