The general lack of parking options for truck drivers, especially in urban areas, has plagued the trucking industry for years. It appears to be a problem with no signs of going away, given increasing populations, an enhanced focus on climate change and the environmental impact of motorized vehicles, and the prevalence of public and private initiatives that would shift the use of roadway space away from parking. There is repeated evidence demonstrating how the lack of safe, reliable, and permitted parking space for the trucking industry can lead directly to accidents or property damage on the sides of roadways and in parking lots (and results in claims, lawsuits, etc.). Plaintiffs' attorneys unfairly blame truck drivers as culprits for causing accidents merely due to the location of their parked vehicles. This session will examine the shortages in commercial truck parking from several angles, including a driver’s perspective, a corporate claims perspective, a litigation perspective, and a policy perspective.
Chris Simons is Executive Vice President & General Counsel of May Trucking Company. Based in Oregon, May Trucking Company is one of the largest privately held truckload motor carriers in the country.
Rodney Umberger, Jr.
Rod is the Managing Director of Williams Kastner in Seattle, WA/Portland, OR. He has been practicing law since 1987 and has tried dozens of high exposure tort cases to verdict in the last several years.
Brendan Vandor is a partner at Williams Kastner in Seattle, WA and has been practicing with the firm since his graduation from the University of Michigan Law School in 2015.