The transportation industry is a high–stakes game. Whether you are driving a ferry, managing a fleet of planes, or operating a railroad company, there is always risk involved. An experienced attorney, like the attorneys at Knezek Law, can make sure that your business is protected from liability issues and other types of problems. Here are some reasons why you should have an attorney on your side:
To avoid liability.
You may be thinking that liability is something you don’t need to worry about. After all, it‘s not like your business is going to get sued every day and lose millions of dollars in court. But that’s not the point. Liability isn’t about whether or not someone will sue you—it’s about being responsible for the actions and accidents that happen on your property, during transportation services and even when delivering products or services.
To help you with contracts.
Transportation–related contracts are important and can be difficult to understand. They’re a way of protecting yourself from liability, financial loss, and legal action. You should have an attorney review your contracts before you sign them so that you know what’s in them and what it means for your business.
At Knezek Law, we assist our clients in the formation and interpretation of transportation contracts, especially where the issues include indemnification clauses, tenders of defense, insurance coverage, contract law, principal–agency, liability of brokers and shippers, and punitive damages.
To ensure you are compliant with regulations.
There are a number of regulations that apply to transportation businesses. These laws govern how your company can operate and what type of vehicles you may use in your business. To ensure compliance with these regulations, it is important for you to work with an attorney who understands them well and can advise on whether there are any issues with respect to your operations or equipment.
If you fail to comply with these laws or other applicable laws and regulations—or if someone files a complaint against you alleging non–compliance—then penalties could include steep fines, injunctions against further conduct by either party involved in violation(s), and even imprisonment.
At Knezek Law, our team of experienced attorneys has a strong understanding of the federal regulations that marine, aviation, and railroad corporations must comply with. From solving FAA certification issues to making sure a marine vessel company properly transports its employees onshore and offshore, we can help transportation companies make sure they remain compliant with all federal regulations.
To ensure you have someone to call when things go wrong.
You may have heard the saying “you can’t always rely on your insurance.” And it’s true, especially when it comes to commercial transportation. For example, if there is an accident and someone gets hurt or killed, their family may want to sue the company that caused their injury or death. If you don’t have a lawyer on staff who understands these kinds of cases, you could end up paying more than necessary just because they didn’t know what was going on.
Our team at Knezek Law defends our transportation clients in catastrophic injury, personal injury, wrongful death, and property loss claims as well as lawsuits on a local and national basis. Our experience includes handling all types of cases, from the multiple–party catastrophic case that demands a seasoned trial lawyer with decades of experience to the more routine case involving smaller or moderate exposure that can be handled by a younger lawyer at lower rates. When it comes to transportation law, it is important to have an experienced team of attorneys on your side. If you are a transportation company in need of legal guidance, contact Knezek Law.