December 20, 2023
How Your Fleet’s Safety Manuals Could Hurt You in Court [Video]
Did you know that your fleet’s driver manuals and policies could become the detonator of a nuclear verdict against your trucking company? We’ll learn more about this plaintiffs’ attorney tactic from trucking attorney Doug Marcello in this episode of HDT Talks Trucking.
This episode of HDT Talks Trucking is sponsored by Scraper Systems snow removal
If you’re concerned about how to defend your company against aggressive plaintiffs’ attorneys who target trucking, you’ve probably heard of the “reptile theory.” But there’s another type of attack that has gotten less attention, and it means your safety manuals and policies could be a goldmine for them – and a landmine for you.
HDT Editor & Associate Publisher Deborah Lockridge talks to Doug Marcello, longtime trucking attorney with Saxton & Stump, and chief legal officer for Bluewire, about what he calls the “Rules of the Road” tactic.
In this episode you'll learn:
- What are "The Rules of the Road" used by plaintiffs' attorneys
- How plaintiffs attorneys use your safety manuals
- The danger of “systemic failures”
- How can fleets protect themselves?
- Common mistakes fleets make in safety manuals