Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee & Malone, P.A.’s trucking and transportation attorneys have extensive experience representing and defending motor carriers, owner operators, and their insurers in state and federal courts in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. Our attorneys are knowledgeable as to the vast state and federal regulations that govern the commercial trucking industry and the many issues and claims that arise therefrom, including leasing requirements, trucking and non-trucking (bobtail) insurance, the MSC-90, driver qualification, operating in hazardous conditions, logging and hours of operation, and inspection and securement requirements.
Our trucking attorneys represent trucking clients and their insurers at all stages of a claim, from pre-suit investigation, through trial, appeals, and mediation/arbitration. Our attorneys handle first and third-party cases involving personal injury, including catastrophic injury and death, property damage, no-fault/PIP and UM/UIM, toxic spills, cargo damage and theft, and trucking/non-trucking insurance disputes. Our transportation practice also extends to handling maritime and railroad litigation.
We have the ability to promptly respond to an accident in order to assess the scene, preserve evidence, including on-board data recording equipment, and counsel the driver. Away from the scene, our attorneys continue to diligently investigate and evaluate each claim and the evidence in order to develop a strategy that is in the client’s best interest. The longevity of our trucking practice has also culminated in an established network of experts who conduct accident reconstructions, medical evaluations, damage and forensic evidence assessments in order to develop a strong defense.
Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee & Malone, P.A.’s attorneys are committed to understanding the challenges, complexities, and changes facing the trucking industry including through their memberships in the Trucking Insurance Defense Association (TIDA), Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA), Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association, Conference of Freight Counsel, and the Trucking Committee of the Defense Research Institute (DRI). Our trucking and transportation lawyers also contribute their knowledge to the industry by speaking and writing on issues of concern to these organizations as well as by regularly contributing a chapter on “Commercial Trucking Insurance” to the Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook and Minnesota Insurance Law Deskbook.