Quick—imagine a lawsuit involving members of the trucking and transportation industry. What comes to mind?
The average person may think of an accident, maybe one in which a driver loses control of the vehicle and harms another individual or damages property and cargo. These types of events regularly show up in film and television, frequently sandwiched between intense action sequences and accompanied by lots of unrealistic flipping and explosions.
Similarly, Hollywood loves to take liberties with legal action, portraying court battles as quick and clear-cut, with an obvious victim and a swift judgment rendered with the pounding of a gavel. Perhaps the victim of the crash is planted in a wheelchair and covered in bandages and bruises—banged up, but ultimately able to heal completely.
For fleet operators who have experienced lawsuits, both of these scenes ring hollow. For one, a 16-ton truck isn’t going to spin through the air like a gymnast. But moreover, legal proceedings are a lot more complex than they seem in the movies. Rarely is the litigant a hapless motorist caught in a fight between Optimus Prime and Captain America. Instead, it’s drivers versus employers, and the issues at stake are nothing to scoff at.
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Just a Reminder: We’re not your lawyer (of course, right?) Since we’re not, remember that this article’s for informational purposes and not intended to provide legal advice.