If you are an attorney with an insurance defense law firm that is asking “How can I get on more trucking insurance panel counsel programs,” Legal Expert Connections can help.
We have a database of thousands of trucking and logistics companies across the U.S. You will be able to accelerate your business development process when we help you identify who you need to contact within each company to introduce your law firm. Our database includes detailed profiles on a wide range of transportation companies, including:
- Auto transport services
- DOT-registered motor carriers
- Motorcoach passenger services
- Moving companies
- Private motor carriers
- Public bus fleets
- Public trucking companies
- School bus companies
- Tank truck companies
We also know which insurance carriers serve the trucking / inland marine market, and strive to help you get new appointments as insurance panel counsel.
Many clients turn to Legal Expert Connections after they have tried to do this research on their own, but realize how difficult and time consuming it is. We pre-screen companies to inform you of the correct contact, and also prepare professional marketing materials to assist you in your outreach to the prospect.
Legal Services Needed by Trucking Companies
There are several ways that a trucking defense law firm can be of service to trucking companies, including the activities listed below.
Accident liability. Significant personal injury and property damage claims often arise as the result of highway accidents. Although safety numbers for trucking accidents are actually improving, “nuclear verdicts” in trucking accidents have caused trucking insurers like AIG and Zurich to pull back from covering for-hire trucking fleets. As claims files from insurance carriers become distributed across multiple, smaller carriers, trucking defense law firms may want to expand their client base by going directly to trucking companies for panel counsel participation in self-insured retention (SIR) programs.
Employment practices liability. National trucking companies have hundreds or thousands of drivers on the road, away from home. Drivers are often under pressure from timelines, weather, and traffic. Yet, they are also subject to state and federal employment rules like Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and DOT regulations.
Examples of trucking employment practices liability insurance claims include discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and performance matters. As employment practices liability claims arise in the trucking industry, trucking companies need qualified employment defense attorneys to represent their interests in state and federal courts, and before regulatory agencies.
Workers’ compensation claims. More than four full-time trucking workers per 100 will experience some type of work-related injury or illness every year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These injuries are likely to result in a workers’ compensation claim. In each instance, an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition. Many of these incidents result in lost work days, job restrictions, or transfers. In 2015, more than 500 of these injuries even resulted in fatalities.
Workers’ compensation defense attorneys serving the trucking industry bring an in-depth understanding of the employment challenges facing truckers. Injuries suffered by a long-distance trucker often occur in a venue outside of the driver’s home state, which can complicate case assessment, the provision of medical services, and return-to-work programs.
Regulatory compliance. Trucking defense law firms also have an opportunity to generate a steady flow of billable hours work by assisting trucking companies with FMCSA compliance and audit response, driver logs and ELD compliance, and fleet compliance with safety regulations.
Law Firm Business Development Consultants
Legal Expert Connections specializes in helping law firms get on insurance panel counsel programs. Our marketing campaigns are ideally suited for law firm members of trucking-related associations, including but not limited to the following:
- American College of Transportation Attorneys
- American Trucking Association
- Association of Transportation Law Professionals
- California Trucking Association (CTA)
- Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
- Defense Research Institute (DRI)
- Texas Motor Transport Association
- Transportation Lawyers Association
- Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
Legal Marketing Help for Trucking Insurance Panel Counsel Campaigns
If your trucking and transportation law firm or practice group is asking how you can get on more insurance panels, give us a call. We have helped more than 100 insurance defense law firms pursue new panel counsel clients, including a number of campaigns targeting trucking and transportation panel counsel programs.
Legal Expert Connections, Inc. offers three key benefits to insurance defense law firms nationwide:
- We are the leading U.S. legal marketing agency specializing in the insurance defense market. We know the panel counsel process, and focus on helping you get new engagements.
- Save time and money. You get quality results without the need to invest in senior in-house marketing / business development staff with the associated overhead expense for office space, equipment, and benefits.
- Increase revenue with professional, on-going legal marketing campaigns. We do the research to identify insurance panel managers, so you can accelerate your business development process.