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Federal transportation laws may give employers ready defenses

On Behalf of | Dec 31, 2021 | Business Litigation

Because both people and freight must move freely across the country, operating a transportation business is often a lucrative endeavor. Still, trucks, buses and trains can be dangerous for employees, customers, vendors and others.

Eventually, many transportation businesses face potentially costly lawsuits. While it is important to explore all possible defenses and settlement options for these actions, businesses may have some protections under federal transportation laws.

Laws that govern transportation in the U.S.

Transportation law in the U.S. has a lengthy history, dating back to the earliest days of railroad expansion. While applicable laws often afford rights to plaintiffs, they also give businesses certain safeguards. The following laws may often play a role in transportation in the U.S.:

  • OSHA regulations, which apply to most employers and employees
  • The Federal Employers Liability Act, which applies to railroads and workers
  • The Surface Transportation Assistance Act, which applies to commercial motor vehicles workers

Transportation businesses may also find legal protections inside the Federal Railroad Safety Act, the Cormack Amendment and the Energy Reorganization Act.

Legal options for transportation corporations

Many federal transportation laws are expansive, often including provisions that do not relate to transportation or injuries. Still, it is critical not to overlook the rights and responsibilities in federal law. When planning a defense, it is equally important to work with an attorney who understands the interplay between federal transportation safety laws and injuries.

Ultimately, savvy business executives use language in federal transportation laws to minimize the potentially costly consequences of the lawsuits their corporations face.