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Trucking Liability Defense


The defense of trucking companies is not synonymous with defending routine automobile claims. In this day and age, a successful defense necessarily requires an aggressive team approach from the first notice of an accident.

Attorneys with Watts, Donovan & Tilley, P.A. are routinely contacted shortly after the occurrence of an accident so that coordination of the investigation and defense can be done under the protection afforded by the attorney-client privilege and attorney work product doctrine.

The retention of reconstruction experts, performing a scene analysis, investigation of local newscast, interviews with potential witnesses, immediate scrutiny of applicable logs, cargo information, weight tickets, electronic data, personnel files and other similar documents, and discussions with law enforcement personnel should be and are considered immediately when WDT is retained as counsel.

In the most simplistic of terms, the lawyers at WDT recognize trucks are often seen as targets by lawyers and the side that preserves the evidence, analyzes the facts, and prepares for all possible scenarios is the side that will prevail months, if not years, later when a lawsuit comes to fruition.

Richard Watts, David Donovan and Jim Tilley have successfully defended numerous catastrophic accidents involving large and small trucking companies operating on Arkansas roads and highways. The attorneys are familiar with applicable state and federal law governing trucking operations, NHTSA Guidelines, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, ATA Recommendations and Comments concerning the safe operation of trucks and the use and preservation of electronic data systems.

The Firm routinely works with accident reconstruction experts across the nation as well as experts in related fields such as biodynamics, metallurgy, driver physiology, and vehicle event data recorders. WDT has an established network of medical experts and accident reconstructionists to assist in the investigation, evaluation, and defense of trucking liability claims. The firm has earned an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating available) in recognition of the Firm’s pre-eminent legal skills, reliability, diligence, and adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics.