Wright Lindsey Jennings’ defense of the transportation industry dates back to 1900 when the Rock Island Railroad hired the firm’s founder as its legal counsel. With the advent of the tractor-trailer industry, our firm began handling truck wreck litigation. And as the transportation industry has grown in scope and complexity, our firm’s expertise has expanded to meet the industry’s needs.
Today, our trucking and transportation attorneys defend transportation industry leaders in truck and bus cases in every county and federal court in Arkansas. We have tried hundreds of jury trials and have mediated and arbitrated countless truck and bus cases. For example, we have represented Schneider National Carriers, Inc., ABF Freight System, Inc., Covenant Transportation, Ryder Transportation, Swift Transportation, McNeill Express, Southwestern Motor Transport, Daily Express, Bekins Van Lines, PAM Transportation, Penske Truck Leasing, Exel, Tango Transport, Heartland Express and Interstate Distributor Company. We also regularly represent trucking companies through numerous transportation industry insurers and third party administrators, including Vanliner, Kingsway Insurance (Canada), General Casualty, Northbridge Insurance, Alteris Insurance Services, National Fire and Liability, Amerisure, Kemper, Progressive, Great West Casualty, Landstar, Canal Insurance Company, National Indemnity, Liberty Bell/Cherokee Insurance, National Specialty Insurance, Gallagher Basset Services, Inc., Berkley Risk Administrators and Western World Insurance Group.
We bring broad experience to issues confronting the transportation industry, such as fatality and wrongful death, traumatic brain injury and PTSD claims, truck and pedestrian accidents, conspicuity issues, fog, smoke and ice-on-the-highway collisions, vehicle simulations, ECM and SDM downloads, Carmack Amendment questions, underride and jackknifing accidents, chain reaction cases, rear-end accidents, “T-bone” collisions, as well as contested traffic signal, lane-change and roll-over accidents. Our attorneys employ their related experience in criminal law and products liability cases — including tire failure, airbag, truck and auto defect — to unravel complementary issues that arise in truck and bus litigation. Several of our partners handle workers’ compensation cases and employment disputes for the trucking industry as well.
Attorneys in both the Central Arkansas (Little Rock) and Northwest Arkansas (Rogers) offices routinely work with accident reconstructionists, biomechanical engineers and other experts throughout Arkansas and adjacent states. Given the importance of rapid investigation of accidents, the firm maintains an Accident Rapid Response Team always staffed by at least 8 lawyers, providing clients with 24-hour access to legal assistance with expertise in overseeing scene inspections by adjusters, in debriefing drivers and in directing experts in on-scene investigations immediately following collisions, as well as after litigation ensues.
In addition to serving as outside General Counsel for the Arkansas Trucking Association, our transportation and trucking attorneys take active roles in numerous truck-related defense organizations, including American Law Firm Association (ALFA) – Transportation Practice Group, Defense Research Institute and Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA).