Automobile Liability

RRD has a wealth of knowledge and trial experience in all areas of motor vehicle liability defense. The firm has successfully defended numerous clients in both state and federal court. We represent individuals, insurance companies and their insureds, municipalities, commercial entities, common carriers and national car rental companies against claims that arise from motor vehicle accidents. Please see our Transportation Practice Area for a more detailed description of our work in the area of trucking defense.

We have handled cases that involve everything from simple “rear-end” accidents to multi-vehicle crashes. The types of claims have run the gamut from first party claims, third party claims, uninsured and underinsured motorist claims to complicated claims of vicarious liability. We have worked with and have access to an extensive network of experts who assist us in defending these cases. The firm has the knowledge and experience to work up a solid yet cost effective defense to any given matter. We recognize that many cases should not be tried to a jury and we utilize arbitrations and mediations as cost effective ways to resolve cases and cap the exposure our clients have faced.

Representative cases include:

  • defense of a suit brought by an individual who suffered quadriplegia as the result of a multi-vehicle accident allegedly caused by our client sideswiping a truck while entering the highway; 
  • successful defense of a deceased driver against a motorcycle operator who suffered serious personal injuries when the car made a left turn in front of the motorcycle causing the motorcycle operator to lay the bike down; 
  • defense of a drunk driver in a wrongful death claim after a vehicle was driven off the road causing fatal injuries to another motorist;
  • successful defense of insurance companies in claims seeking recovery of uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage for phantom vehicle accidents and inadequate coverage cases;
  • numerous defense verdicts in all types of motor vehicle cases; and
  • numerous wins at trial, where a “win” is defined as a judgment less than the last offer made.