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Litigation Packet

Litigation Packet

Road Rage: Taking on the Aggressive Commercial Driver

CreatedMar 22, 2021
Delivery method: Download

When hostile and combative commercial drivers get behind the wheel, they operate up to 80,000 pounds of high-speed, lethal machinery. Their aggressive driving can jeopardize the safety and lives of everyone on the road. These escalating and dangerous choices can include using offensive and angry gestures, excessive and alarming honking, and deliberately speeding up and slowing down to prevent other drivers from passing. This destructive behavior can endanger lives, tears families apart, and causes lasting physical and psychological trauma.

Road rage can result in tragic crashes and difficult cases involving multiple commercial and personal vehicles, complicated independent contractor and insurance issues, and triggering memories for traumatized survivors. This Litigation Packet was developed by the AAJ Exchange to aid AAJ members investigating and pursuing cases related to aggressive driving and includes valuable tips, strategies, and resources for bringing hostile, combative, and aggressive commercial drivers to justice in cases resulting in serious injury or death.

Highlights include:

  • Extensive profile, including the entire nine-day trial transcript, of Allison v. Smoot Enterprises Inc., a case litigated by D’Amore Law Group which secured a $26.48 million jury verdict for the decedent’s estate and surviving husband

  • Pleadings, discovery requests, and post-trial motions and briefs

  • Deposition summaries and transcripts of defendant drivers, corporate representatives, and expert witnesses in crash reconstruction and commercial motor vehicle safety and compliance

  • AAJ Education speaker papers and Trial articles related to motor coach and commercial trucking litigation, drive distraction and lane change cases, examinations of accident reconstruction and commercial motor vehicle safety experts, and effective closing arguments

Real world examples shared by a leading trial lawyer

AAJ member Tom D'Amore represented the family of a young woman who was killed by aggressive commercial drivers. He contributed case documents, briefing, depositions transcripts, and more to this Litigation Packet so other AAJ members could learn from his experience.