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Trucking and Transportation

SWEENEY & SHEEHAN has provided a range of legal services to commercial transportation clients for more than 20 years.  We possess the knowledge and experience to maneuver through the complex and unique issues of each case in this rapidly evolving industry, while always being mindful of the cost of litigation. 

We represent local, regional, and national trucking companies, shippers, construction companies, waste management companies and car rental companies, in addition to providing counsel to the Firm’s motor vehicle insurance clients. Our mid-sized firm advantage allows our attorneys in diverse practice areas to work closely together in an informal manner on a regular basis, allowing for complex thoughts to be discussed and strategy and solutions to be found efficiently. In addition, our attorneys serve as National Counsel for clients coordinating litigation as it occurs across the country.

Rapid Response Team Throughout the Country

In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, we have a rapid response team ready to respond at the scene when an emergency occurs. We are proactive in securing physical evidence and ensure that the scene is appropriately investigated as we form our best defense. We work with experts and investigators with many years of experience in handling site investigations. Through our membership of the USLAW Network, we are ready as a trusted advisor to assist you with appropriate contacts throughout the country for a quick response.

Types of Claims and Transactions We Handle

We are trained to recognize the unique issues of the industry and keep up to date on regulatory issues of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Transportation Board, Pennsylvania Division of Transportation, New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, Environmental Protection Agency, and OSHA, and advise our clients of the same.

Our transportation team has fought zealously defending claims involving:

  • Rollover
  • Flying Debris
  • Blind Spots
  • Tire Blowout
  • Mechanical Defect
  • Maintenance
  • Cargo Overload
  • Cargo Damage Claim
  • Improper Training
  • Environmental
  • Contract Disputes
  • Hazardous Material Spills
  • Construction/Heavy Machinery
  • Inclement Weather/Bad Road Conditions
  • Cargo Forklift Accident
  • Hours Logged/Log Book
  • State Wage and Hour Laws
  • Railroad Tracks on Property
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes

Event Data Recorders and Entertainment Systems

In this fast-paced revolutionary industry, we realize that it is important to stay up to date with the latest technology being used with EDR and Entertainment Systems and are cognizant of the spoliation laws in place in which we counsel our clients. It is imperative to have a clear understanding of each type of vehicle to defend accident claims. We work closely with experts and provide in-house seminars on the latest technology available to our clients. In addition, we teach customized CLE/CEU approved seminars for our clients on issues most important to them. We have published a Motor Vehicle Claim Handling guide for our clients to reference.


  • Trucking Lawyers Association (TLA)
  • USLAW Network
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • South Jersey Claims