Attorney(s) Referenced

Ingrid A. Castro
Andrew D Craven
Mitchell L. Lundeen
Anthony P. Trozzolillo

Cargo, Trucking and Logistics

Chartwell’s Transportation attorneys have diverse experience in handling coverage, defense and subrogation matters for our clients.

Our coverage experience extends to matters involving inland marine, ocean marine, motor carrier, trucking and aviation policies relating to property and hull damage, general liability and cargo claims. Our attorneys provide coverage opinions for our insurance clients on a wide range of transportation-related issues. We also represent our insurance clients in declaratory judgment actions arising from coverage disputes.

In addition, our attorneys frequently represent trucking and logistics companies, including intrastate, interstate and international carriers, owner-operators, freight forwarders, transportation brokers, and others, as well as their insurers, in defense and subrogation actions, in Federal and State courts across the country.

Our attorneys have experience handling all aspects of trucking claims, from casualty matters involving personal injury and wrongful death claims, including complex matters involving multiple plaintiffs or catastrophic injuries, to property damage and cargo claims. We understand the various rules and regulations that apply to trucking-related activities.  We have developed a rapid response system that enables us to take immediate measures to protect our clients’ interests and, to the extent possible, preserve evidence and avoid claims of spoliation, when a trucking accident occurs.

Our cargo experience is comprehensive and extends to goods moving by ship, truck, train, and airplane; domestic, intrastate and interstate, and international; via bill of lading, air waybill, "through” bill and other transportation and shipping contracts. We have experience handling claims involving all types of cargoes, including heavy equipment/machinery, dry and liquid cargoes, as well as hazardous cargoes.  Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of the various complex international conventions and U.S. Federal regulations that may come into play in cargo claims matters, including COGSA and the Carmack Amendment. We have a track record of successfully asserting limitation of liability, notice of claim and time limitation arguments.

We also assist our clients in drafting and reviewing terms and conditions for bills of lading, contracts of carriage, broker agreements and other shipping documents, as well as policy language for ocean and inland marine, and trucking risks.

In addition, we provide seminars and instruction on handling claims to our clients, which we tailor to meet their specific needs, i.e., best practices in claims handling, important documents to obtain, identifying applicable law, time and monetary limitations and burdens of proof.

Chartwell boasts a number of leading trial lawyers who have successfully handled a wide range of claims at the arbitration, trial and appellate levels.

Representative matters:

  • Tractor-trailer collision accidents ranging from minor impact to total loss.
  • Multiple vehicle/multi tractor trailer pile ups and chain reactions.
  • Property damage claims involving collisions.
  • Tractor-trailer roll-overs due to load shifts.
  • Numerous accidents caused by weather, lighting, and conspicuity.
  • Numerous cases involving safety issues such as driver log violations, training issues, and defective or unsafe equipment.
  • Injury cases from soft tissue to severe orthopedic and neurologic injuries.
  • Injury cases involving brain injury.
  • Injury cases involving partial to complete paralysis.
  • Injury cases involving mild to severe burning.
  • Numerous death cases arising out of tractor trailer accidents.
  • Claims involving equipment breakdown.
  • Claims involving stolen cargo and/or cargo delivered "short.”
  • Claims involving spoiled cargo, contaminated cargo and/or inherently defective cargo.
  • Cargo claims involving improper loading, packing and/or securing.
  • Claims involving delay or failure to deliver cargo.
  • Cargo claims arising out of roll-overs, collisions, or other trucking accidents.