TCA session Dec. 14 to explore litigation risks from contracts, crashes

Everyone knows that a major truck crash will spark litigation, but do you know what to do – both before and after a crash – to reduce your risk of a multimillion-dollar verdict? What about day-to-day relationships with independent contractors, brokers, shippers and third-party logistics providers? Do you know how to draft those contracts to limit your risk of litigation or how to defend contracts when litigation arises?

Those are just a couple of questions the Truckload Carriers Association intends to answer in its next audio conference: Contract and Accident Litigation Hazards and How to Address Them. The session is scheduled for 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Dec. 14.

The presenters will be Robert Browning and Michael Langford, both partners in the Indianapolis-based law firm Scopelitis, Garvin, Light & Hanson. Browning will address contract provisions as viewed from the litigators perspective as well as some important points about litigation over contracts. Langford will address ongoing policies and procedures motor carriers should consider in light of how they might affect your legal position in the wake of an accident. He also will discuss post-accident steps to avoid incurring additional liability or damages, such as that brought on by mishandling of evidence.

For more information, go to or contact Virginia DeRoze at or 703-838-1950.