Klinedinst’s Transportation Practice Group is comprised of attorneys experienced in identification and control of risk to members of the transportation industry. The Transportation Group represents a wide array of entities who are concerned with the transportation of goods, materials, equipment, and people in all modes of transport. This includes motorcycle, passenger vehicle, vans, shuttle, and livery vehicles (taxi and cab services, buses, trucks, and rail).
Klinedinst attorneys are often called upon to represent:
Trucking companies, including common carriers, private carriers, and trucks for hire, including tankers;
Solid waste handlers, from collection transfer to disposal, including landfill claims;
Public transportation services, such as city buses and public rail transit;
Para-transit services, including fixed route and dial-up providers to ensure compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title II; and
Emergency care and transportation providers for the sick and injured, including ambulance companies, paramedics, and local fire departments.
Construction vehicles include:
- Concrete pumping trucks
- Ready-mix trucks
- Aerial work platforms
- Scissor lifts
- Articulated boom lifts
- Telescopic boom lifts
- Mast climbing work platforms
- Scaffold (suspended and supported)
- Material handler
- Cranes and derricks
- Bucket trucks
Entertainment vehicles include:
- Craft service trucks
- Camera rig
- Production equipment trucks
- Production trailers, including cast trailers, make-up trailers, wardrobe trailers, specialty trailers
Klinedinst attorneys also provide defense for manufacturers, installers, and purchasers of conveyance, including elevators and escalators. Our attorneys defend against conveyance claims alleging violations of standards found in ASME A17.1. In addition, the firm defends claims involving construction hoists and industrial elevators.
Our attorneys stand ready to assist clients with immediate, on-scene accident and catastrophic loss investigation and counsel on a 24 hour/7 day a week basis. Klinedinst attorneys have compiled a stable of transportation experts at the top of their field who are also committed to rapid response, providing both expert investigation and legal representation at the accident scene until the issue is resolved.
Members of the Transportation Group are active with many industry-leading organizations including American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Transportation Industry Defense Association (TIDA), Defense Research Institute (DRI) Transportation Section, the Transportation Group of USLAW Network, and Transportation Lawyer Association (TLA).
Members of the Transportation Group are often asked to provide best guidance with respect to claims management, as well as claims avoidance. For example, our attorneys work with risk managers, maintenance, and safety departments to identify common claims and solutions for mitigation. Clients were the first to use 3M’s retro-reflect tape, as well as Sony’s black-and-white back up cameras.
Attorneys are often asked to help edit transportation clients’ Health and Safety Manuals, as well as Driver’s Handbooks. Klinedinst’s goal is to have multiple audiences – whether they are employees, opposing counsel, or a jury – come away with the understanding that clients maintain safe working and operating environments.
The Transportation Group provides clients with employment counseling and representation, as well as corporate and transactional services. Our team also includes attorneys with experience advising clients regarding a wide variety of intellectual property matters including protection of trade secrets and trademarks, and representation of clients in intellectual property litigation.
The Transportation Group also includes specialists from our employment team who have substantial experience with employment and labor issues confronting the transportation industry. Our team regularly handles class actions and individual lawsuits involving misclassification and various labor code violations. The team also provides proactive counseling to avoid misclassification, labor code violations and to help defuse and manage employee disputes before they turn into expensive litigation.