Essentials of Trucking Accidents in Virginia (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 2.0 Trial Practice/Litigation (Designations Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 09/30/2023


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the August 2020 webcast, Essentials of Trucking Accidents in Virginia.

Topics Covered

  • Understand the entire process of handling a trucking accident case
  • Learn what role technology plays in gathering information and what data is admissible
  • Gain perspectives on representing both plaintiffs and defendants in trucking litigation

This seminar will take you step-by-step through handling a trucking accident case. Learn how to conduct a rapid-response investigation, appropriately value your case, make tactical decisions to advance your client’s objectives, and persuade a jury. Whether you are representing the plaintiff or the defendant, this training session will ensure you are able to master the complexity that is trucking litigation.

Among the topics covered:

  • Using the newest technology to collect information in the aftermath of an accident
  • Why you should care about the corresponding criminal charges or traffic citations
  • Whether you should admit liability and at what stage of the case
  • How to evaluate injuries, including a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) and post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”)
  • Where to file your action and whether to remove a case to federal court
  • Whether to involve third parties, such as other motorists or highway contractors
  • The applicable standard of care for truck drivers
  • Using the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (“FMCSRs”)—as a sword and a shield
  • The relevance of Commercial Driver’s License (“CDL”) Manuals, Company Manuals, and Compliance, Safety, Accountability (“CSA”) scores
  • The admissibility of Electronic Control Module (“ECM”) data and accident reconstruction
  • Identifying and defending against the reptile theory at trial
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David Berry, Gentry Locke / Roanoke
Matthew W. Broughton, Gentry Locke / Roanoke
Andrew Finnicum, Gentry Locke / Roanoke
Ashley W. Winsky, Gentry Locke / Richmond


Dave Berry focuses his practice on helping clients with business disputes. Prior to joining Gentry Locke, he served for two years as a law clerk to The Honorable Donald W. Lemons, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. He has also held roles in the United States Attorney’s Office and Office of the Attorney General of Virginia.

Mr. Berry earned his J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law, where he belonged to the Order of the Coif and the McNeill Law Society. He also served as a Moot Court Board member and as an articles editor of the University of Richmond Law Review. Mr. Berry earned a CALI Award in the following categories: Business Litigation Practicum, Comparative Employment Law, Environmental Law, First Amendment Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Torts. He graduated cum laude with an undergraduate degree from George Mason University.

Matt Broughton is a Senior Partner at Gentry Locke, with over 30 years of experience handling transportation cases involving automobiles, boats, buses, trains, and trucks. Over the years, he has literally handled hundreds of cases involving devastating injuries caused by crashes involving 18 wheelers.

As the leader of Gentry Locke’s personal injury practice, Mr. Broughton has served as lead counsel in catastrophic injury cases for accidents as far away as Oakland, California. He currently serves as lead counsel in trucking litigation cases in both Virginia and North Carolina.

Mr. Broughton is an airline transport–rated multi-engine pilot who regularly flies to conduct his legal business throughout the country. Over the years, he has developed extensive knowledge involving catastrophic injury cases, such as brain injury and spinal cord injuries. He has served as lead counsel in many multi-million dollar cases, most recently resolving a $112.5-million case against Duke University, which was litigated in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. Mr. Broughton has presented personal injury–related topics and seminars, both around the country and abroad.

Andrew Finnicum helps people who have suffered personal injury due to negligence or workplace accidents. He has recovered millions of dollars for clients throughout Virginia who are victims of medical malpractice, who have suffered workplace injuries that entitle them to workers’ compensation benefits, and who have been injured or lost their lives in boating and motor vehicle accidents. Mr. Finnicum has appeared before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, the General District Courts of Virginia, the Circuit Courts of Virginia, the Court of Appeals of Virginia, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Prior to joining Gentry Locke, he worked with a Lynchburg firm handling workers’ compensation, personal injury matters, and consumer litigation. As a law student he was a judicial extern for the Honorable Charles Dorsey, where he authored memoranda, conducted legal research, and observed Circuit Court proceedings.

Ashley Winsky is a partner in Gentry Locke’s Richmond office.  She concentrates her practice on defending motor carriers against personal injury claims arising out of roadway accidents.  She has over a decade of experience defending trucking companies in catastrophic injury, brain injury, spine injury, and wrongful death cases.  Ms. Winsky responds to accident scenes throughout the Commonwealth and works with experts in the fields of human factors, biodynamics, and accident reconstruction.  Her trucking clients range from some of the nation’s largest truckload carriers to small, family-owned operations.  Comfortable in the courtroom, Ms. Winsky has tried cases before both judge and jury in state and federal court.  She is equally effective in mediating disputes to save clients the expense and exposure that comes with protracted litigation.

Ms. Winsky is a member of American Trucking Association (ATA) and the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA).  She has been consistently recognized in the transportation arena by Chambers USA, and was most recently named an “Up and Coming” lawyer in Nationwide Transportation: Road (Carriage/ Logistics).  In 2019, she was selected as a “Rising Star” in Transportation by Legal 500.  For the past eight years, Ms. Winsky has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” by her peers.

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