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Trusted Advocacy for National and Regional Carriers

Defending Drivers and Carriers

Commercial trucking carriers may face greater liability exposure than any other industry for injury and wrongful death claims. As the commercial trucking industry is highly regulated, litigation arising out of trucking accidents requires lawyers with experience and knowledge of federal and state regulations. Our firm routinely represents drivers and carriers in wrongful death, personal injury and property damage matters arising from commercial vehicle accidents. Friedman attorneys have compiled a rapid response team available at all hours for scene investigation to assist our clients in gathering and preserving evidence, obtaining witness statements, hiring accident reconstruction experts and managing pre-litigation matters.

Defense of the Trucking Industry

Friedman attorneys also represent commercial carriers in matters related to freight and contract disputes, employment and regulatory compliance matters. The firm lists among its clients national and regional commercial carriers and serves as panel counsel for a number of commercial trucking insurers.

For many years, Friedman attorneys have actively participated in the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance’s Transportation Committee, American Bar Association’s Trucking Law Committee and the Trucking Industry Defense Association. Our attorneys counsel commercial carriers in all aspects of their businesses, provide risk management and defend our clients vigorously in state and federal courts throughout Alabama should litigation arise.


Our team actively engages in state, local, and national professional activities and associations that align with our clients’ involvement. Firm members proudly contribute as faculty to continuing legal education programs and seminars, lending their expertise to further the legal community’s growth. Additionally, we are dedicated to participating in civic initiatives that strengthen our communities.

If you’re seeking guidance on a legal matter or wish to discuss your needs, we welcome you to get in touch.

Chris Zulanas 205.278.7050

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Legal Triumphs

Our legacy of dedicated representation shows our commitment to delivering excellence for every client we serve.

  • Head On Collision Defense Verdict

    Obtained a defense verdict for a motor carrier and its driver in a North Alabama circuit court case involving a head-on collision with another driver where fault for the accident was undetermined by police. Through the use of an accident reconstructionist, we were able to prove that the truck driver was not in violation of the rules of the road and was not responsible for the collision.

  • Defense Verdict for Intersection Accident

    Obtained a defense verdict for a motor carrier in a Middle Alabama court in a case arising out of an accident in an intersection within a city’s limits involving personal injury and property damage claims.

  • Americans with Disabilities Summary Judgement

    Obtained summary judgment which was affirmed by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for a motor carrier in an Americans with Disabilities Act case where a driver alleged he was denied permission to participate in a spouse ride along program.


  • Defense of Owner Operator

    Defended an owner-operator in a personal injury and wrongful death action arising out of a catastrophic accident for which the driver was charged with homicide and use of controlled substance. Our attorneys were able to obtain a confidential settlement within the insurance coverage and protect the trucking carrier from excess exposure.

  • Fuel Rebate Fraud Defense

    Additionally, Friedman attorneys represented a transportation carrier in matters involving fuel rebate fraud.

  • Lane Change Incident Defense Verdict

    Obtained a defense verdict for a motor carrier in a North Alabama circuit court case filed by another motor carrier for significant property damage and freight claims arising out of an alleged lane-change accident which occurred in North Carolina.

  • Right-of-Way Dispute Defense Verdict

    Obtained a defense verdict for a motor carrier and its driver in a South Alabama circuit court in a right-of-way dispute involving numerous expert witnesses and significant permanent injuries.

  • International Carrier Defense

    Defended a Canada-based motor carrier in a North Alabama circuit court case involving multiple injury claims resulting in a confidential settlement far below the amounts of pending medical liens following successful pretrial arguments and witness cross examinations.

  • Carrier and Driver Defense

    Defended a motor carrier and its driver who was charged with fleeing the scene of an accident after causing serious personal injuries. The motor carrier was charged with negligent hiring, retention and supervision, as well as negligent entrustment. Our firm obtained a confidential settlement well below the limits of the first layer of insurance coverage after striking a jury in federal court.

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