Transportation Negligence (Truck, Bus, Common Carrier, Railroad)

Burden & Hansen, LLC represents self-insured companies, insurance companies and third-party administrators in personal injury claims across New York State and Western Pennsylvania stemming from motor vehicle accidents and other matters, including cargo claims, property damage and loss transfer claims.

We provide legal counsel for motor carriers, owner/operators, commercial, school and transit bus companies, mass transit, limousine and shuttle services, taxis, delivery services and other commercial vehicle companies. The attorneys at Burden & Hansen, LLC are well-known in the trucking industry for their track record of success in defending transportation clients over several decades.

Burden & Hansen, LLC employs a finely tuned investigative and discovery process, which is critical to building a defense against plaintiffs’ claims of accident-related injuries. Our attorneys work with a variety of experts, including independent medical examiners, accident reconstruction experts, biomechanical engineers, human factors experts, highway design experts and others to develop strategies for the defense against or resolution of claims. Our clients benefit from our proficiency in handling claims involving the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations and our understanding of the industry and the unique considerations associated with defending against transportation claims.

Preserving evidence in the wake of a significant truck, bus or rail crash is critical. Burden & Hansen, LLC makes its Emergency Response Team available 24/7 to transportation industry clients whose vehicles have been involved in accidents in New York State and Western Pennsylvania. Our attorneys are not only experienced, but responsive and ready to deploy at any time, day or night, as accidents involving our clients’ operations happen at all hours of the day. We conduct an immediate, in-depth investigation and provide support to drivers, supervisors, safety/risk management personnel and terminal managers in the aftermath of tragic and often traumatic experiences.

Our attorneys act quickly to preserve necessary evidence and are well-versed in black box technology, on-board video, GPS systems, document retention, litigation holds, e-discovery/ESI compliance and spoliation issues. We understand the technology being utilized by our clients in the operation of their commercial vehicles, and work with experts to preserve and interpret electronic data recorded during an accident, in conjunction with case strategy development and early evaluation of claims.

Burden & Hansen, LLC is a client-centered firm. We keep our clients’ objectives and goals firmly in sight as we work to resolve matters efficiently. We work closely with industry professionals and national defense organizations to remain current on developments in the transportation industry that impact our clients’ operations. The attorneys in our Trucking Practice are members of various organizations that support the trucking industry, including the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), the Transportation Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), and the Trucking Committee for the Defense Research Institute (DRI). The attorneys at Burden & Hansen, LLC have the practical experience and litigation know-how necessary to achieve our clients’ objectives in a cost- and time-efficient manner.