The Law Firm for Truck Safety attorney, Matthew Wright, was among many recognized leaders who gave talks on trucking and truck crash litigation at New Jersey Association For Justice’s (NJAJ) 2022 Boardwalk Seminar. Mr. Wright spoke on one of the aspects of truck crash case litigation and necessary for pursuing justice to its fullest extent: identifying proper parties and hidden parties.
Cargo shippers often hire brokers to identify, select and hire safe trucking companies, but these brokers do not always check the safety history of the carriers they choose to hire. As a result, the brokers or other motor carriers may hire unsafe trucking companies. A short internet search would have revealed these companies to be unsafe. The smaller trucking companies are often only insured for the insurance minimum ($750,000), which leaves victims of trucking crashes without adequate recourse.
If the hidden motor carriers that are ultimately responsible for causing crashes are not uncovered during the discovery, when a crash results in a fatality or serious injury, the truck crash victim who pays the price.
The job of a truck crash attorney is to find the hidden motor carriers and hold them accountable for the harm caused.
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If you could not attend Matt’s presentation at the NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar, you can see him speak at his other 2022 speaking engagements, which are listed on The Law Firm for Truck Safety’s 2022 event calendar.
About NJAJ’s Boardwalk Seminar:
A cornerstone of NJAJ’s mission is to advance the education and skills of the membership. The NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar® was developed with that goal in mind.
The Boardwalk Seminar’s multi-day program features thought leadership on topics related to improving the practice of plaintiff trial attorneys. Speakers of the CLE curricula include trial attorneys with a record of recognized excellence.
About Matthew Wright
A third-generation Tennessee lawyer, Matthew Wright graduated from Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in DuBois, Wyoming in August 2011 and has achieved a 10 of 10 rating “superb” from Avvo.com. He has serves as an Officer and on the Executive Board of the American Association for Justice Interstate Trucking Litigation Group and is the Treasurer. Mr. Wright also serves on the Board of Regents of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys and is Board-certified in Truck Accident Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Matthew began his legal career representing mega-insurance companies. Matt soon realized many of these companies cared very little about truck crash victims, even if those people had suffered catastrophic, life-altering losses. In response to this realization, Matt began representing ordinary people, instead of large companies, as a truck accident lawyer. Changing sides on the bench has resulted in life-long friendships with his clients and other trucking lawyers throughout the country.
Matthew Wright hopes for a future where his role as a truck accident attorney, representing people injured by dangerous trucking companies, is no longer needed. As a truck injury lawyer, he hopes he and other trial attorneys will, together, force unsafe trucking companies with unsafe practices out of business, leaving only safe and compliant trucking companies on our roadways. Through litigation, and advocating for changes in the trucking industry on things like controls on fatigued driving, underride guards, and mandatory use of collision mitigation systems, he hopes to effect change and make his vision a reality.