Trucking Litigation Q&A with Conference Co-Chair Randy K. Metzger

879L16_header Randy K. Metzger, Director, Truck and Environmental Claims, National Interstate Insurance Co., will be Co-Chairing at ACI’s 6th National Forum on Defending and Managing Trucking Litigation, Wednesday, March 30 to Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Omni Chicago in Chicago, IL. In anticipation of the conference, check out our recent Q&A session with Randy K. Metzger.

How is the landscape on the use of independent contractors affecting the Trucking Law Practice?

I am with an insurance company, so difficult to answer relative to a law practice on the question of how the use of independent contractors may affect it.  I would say as an insurance carrier, it adds complexity to coverage analysis and additional litigation.

What’s the Impact of New Technology on Trucking Litigation?

The impact of new technology on trucking litigation has been two fold in my opinion.  First it has been a great asset in determining the facts of loss without relying on human interpretation.  Increased use and functionality of on-board cameras and electronic control modules has vastly improved the ability to determine objectively fault in a loss and to litigate accordingly.  The second impact is these features have increased the cost of litigation due to the additional experts and discovery required.

Where are the Liability trends for Brokers and Third Party Logistics Company?

I believe the liability arguments and litigation against Brokers and Logistics companies will continue. 879L16_header             When: Wednesday, March 30 to Thursday, March 31, 2016 Where: Omni Chicago, Chicago, IL Learn More:  Follow Us on Twitter:  @ACILegal   To join the conversation use #ACITrucking