Transportation

The Hunt Law Group is dedicated to the representation of transportation industry clients.  We represent owners and operators of trucks, buses and automobiles.  Our clients range from small independent operators to Fortune 500 companies.

  • Overview
  • Representative matters
  • News & resources

Overview

We are prepared to provide a rapid response to accident scenes with investigators, photographers, and accident reconstruction experts and often visit the accident scenes immediately after the occurrence.

We currently serve as national trial counsel for Marten Transport, LTD.

The transportation cases we handle involve personal injury and property damage claims arising out of alleged operator error, mechanical failure, improper loading, improperly secured cargo, improper maintenance and equipment failures.

Brian Hunt is a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association, the Council on Litigation Management's Transportation Committee, the Transportation Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute's Trucking Committee.

A list of representative cases can be found by clicking on the "Representative Matters" link above.

Representative matters

Smith v. Unified Building Systems, et al.

Cook County, Illinois

Obtained a “not guilty” verdict, fully exonerating a commercial truck driver and his employer for an accident in which the pedestrian plaintiff claimed to have been struck in the crosswalk while walking with his traffic control signal by the driver’s left-turning vehicle.

Martinez v. Marten Transport, et al.

Cook County, Illinois

Defended employee driver and trucking company against suit by railway employee who was alleging that collision between her pick-up truck and defendant's tractor aggravated her pre-existing L5-S1 spondylolisthesis, requiring two fusion surgeries and one hardware revision surgery, which allegedly left her unable to return to any gainful employment ($350,000 medical; $1.6 million lost income; $665,000 loss of household services).  Although plaintiff asked for award of $3.3 million, jury returned verdict of not guilty.  Affirmed on appeal.

Troutner v. Marten Transport

Northern District of Indiana

Defended trailer owner against suit by independent-contractor driver alleging negligent maintenance which allegedly caused a grab bar on the rear trailer door to fail, resulting in fall, and causing closed head injury with permanent loss of concentration and memory which ended plaintiff's work-life.  Jury returned verdict fully exonerating defendants.

James v. Marten Transport, et al.

Northern District of Indiana

Plaintiff truck driver was run off the road by owner-operator, allegedly resulting in traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome, chronic pain, and torn tibial tendon (surgically repaired) with medical bills of $42,000 and claimed complete inability to return to work (loss of future earning capacity of $1 million).  Liability was admitted.  Although plaintiff asked jury for award of $1.7 million, jury returned verdict of $19,500.

Kaporis v. Kaplan

Cook County, Illinois

Obtained jury verdict exonerating individual defendant in suit filed by off-duty Chicago police officer as a result of automobile accident.  Plaintiff claimed to have sustained knee injury requiring surgery and requested $300,000 from jury.

Spahr

Cook County, Illinois

Defended underinsured motorist claim in connection with loss of control by underinsured vehicle operator which resulted in commercial driver also losing control and striking highway median.  Plaintiff required emergency tracheotomy, insertion of feeding tube, and extensive facial reconstruction.

Khalil v. Archer-Daniels-Midland

Cook County, Illinois

Obtained directed verdict, at the close of all evidence, in favor of Fortune 100 corporate defendant in suit in which plaintiff truck driver claimed to have sustained traumatically induced brain damage as the result of a shifting load. Affirmed on appeal.

Estate of Zina Kidd v. Scrap Metal Services, LLC

Cook County, Illinois

Defended scrap metal distributor against suit sounding under the Wrongful Death Act and Survival Act, in which the plaintiff alleged the distributor was independently negligent regarding the manner in which the trailer was loaded with car hulks and vicariously liable for the actions of the driver.  Obtained summary judgment on the grounds that driver was not an agent of defendant and on grounds that trailer was not improperly loaded. 

Cincinnati Insurance Company v. Robert Pritchett

Will County, Illinois

Filed declaratory judgment action alleging that the defendant is not entitled to uninsured motorist coverage as a result of a single motor-vehicle accident.  The defendant alleges that the policy language is ambiguous and should be interpreted as providing for coverage in the absence of physical contact between the insured vehicle and a hit-and-run vehicle.  Case is pending.

Green v. Royer

DuPage County, Illinois

Defended middle driver in suit arising from multi-vehicle rear-end accident.  Obtained summary judgment on ground that driver of stopped vehicle neither owed nor breached any duty to plaintiff.

Ferruza v. Wheaton Bible Church, et al.

DuPage County, Illinois

Defended commercial property owner against allegations that the subject property was defectively designed and constructed such that it obscured sight lines for drivers on an adjacent roadway.  Plaintiff's complaint was dismissed with prejudice as to owner.  Case proceeded as to remaining defendants.

Schinkowsky v. Giometti

Cook County, Illinois

Defended automobile operator against allegations that the backing of his car in a strip mall parking lot caused the plaintiff to fall and sustain hip fracture treated by open reduction with internal fixation, requiring four hospitalizations and resulting in decubitus ulcers and the use of adult diapers.  Jury verdict in favor of defendant.

Inman v. The Trailer Source, Inc., et al.

Southern District of Iowa

Obtained dismissal of a North Carolina-based trailer distributor for lack of a personal jurisdiction in a wrongful death suit brought on behalf of three separate decedents’ estates arising out of a multiple tractor-trailer collision occurring in Iowa.  The distributor had leased a trailer to an Indiana trucking company that was involved in the subject accident.  While the distributor had engaged in business in Iowa, the Court held that the distributor did not conduct sufficient business in Iowa to be subject to jurisdiction.

News & resources

News

Brian Hunt's article titled "Mediating a Trucking Case" has been published in Litigation Management.

Brian Hunt published the article titled "Dennis Expands Common Carriers' Liability" in Illinois Trucking News.

Publications

Mediating a Trucking Case

Dennis Expands Common Carriers' Liability

Challenging Personal Jurisdiction: A Guide to the Procedure and Standards for Dismissing Lawsuits for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

Are Your Corporate Form and Your Insurance Coverage Providing the Protection You Need?

Agency In Trucking Cases: Recent Developments in Illinois

Speaking Engagements

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