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Doug Marcello

Doug Marcello
Doug Marcello is a transportation attorney who has earned his CDL. His law practices focuses upon serving the trucking industry. Based in Central Pennsylvania, he has represented trucking companies in cases throughout the US, having been specially admitted in 35 states. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and driver safety meetings. He has also written numerous articles concerning issues confronting the industry and has produced several DVDs relating to accident response and aggressive defense of claims.
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    Surveillance video: Crucial for your accident response

    February 28, 2016 by Doug Marcello

    Surveillance cameras are a key consideration in your accident response.  Whether it is the driver, the independent adjuster, or an accident reconstructionist, your first people on the scene need to identify any surveillance cameras and trigger immediate action for the

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    The case for in-cab cameras

    February 7, 2016 by Doug Marcello

    In-cab video cameras can be an invaluable resource. They can absolve your driver of any fault for the accident, reduce litigation expenses, and protect your company from punitive damages predicated on claims of inadequate supervision. I reached this opinion by

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    NEW YEAR–NEW LAWS

    January 3, 2015 by Doug Marcello

    With the new year comes new laws. Changes in two key regulations became effective in December, 2014. Together, they provide a breath of relief to our industry. RETURN OF THE REAL 34-HOUR RESTART The 34 hour restart is back. Sure,

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    Punitive Damages in Corporate Liability Claims

    November 2, 2014 by Doug Marcello

    Punitive damages are often asserted in transportation lawsuits based upon the claims we discussed last week—hiring, training, supervision, entrustment and retention. Claims for punitive damages require more than mere “negligence” and are brought for various reasons. While “punitive damages” is

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    TRUCKING DEFENSE BEGINS WITH HIRING

    October 26, 2014 by Doug Marcello

    Your defense of an accident suit starts with hiring. Those who see our industry as a “profit center” for litigation are looking beyond the facts of the accident itself and focusing on the hiring, training, and supervision of the driver.

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    Post-Accident Driver Statements? Think Again

    February 9, 2014 by Doug Marcello

    Taking a post-accident statement from your driver can be the most damaging thing you do to your defense and to your driver. Yet, this has become a sacrosanct tradition of many trucking companies, and virtually all insurers. The following are

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    Accident Response Inventory

    February 2, 2014 by Doug Marcello

    My first job out of college was as an auditor for Price Waterhouse. While some in the firm basked in the glamor of counting votes for the Academy Awards, I ground it out one spreadsheet at a time. One weekend

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    Nonchalance-Prescription for Bad Results in Sports and After Accidents

    January 26, 2014 by Doug Marcello

    In accident response, as in sports, nonchalance is a prescription for bad things to happen. No accident should be taken for granted in today’s litigious environment. How many times in sports have you seen it? An athlete makes a “routine

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    Winter Presents Legal Issues

    January 19, 2014 by Doug Marcello

    An United States attorney writing in a Canadian blog about winter driving? Presumptuous? Ironic? Unqualified? That would be like a New York lawyer running the NHL? (OK, bad example). My intent is not to write about dealing with winter conditions

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    New HOS Regulations Effective July 1

    June 2, 2013 by Doug Marcello

    On July 1 two new hours-of-service requirements become effective. These rules require a 30 minute break after 8 hours on duty and impose requirements and limitations on the 34 hour restart. We have posted two five minute narrated power point

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    Are You Ready?

    May 5, 2013 by Doug Marcello

    You’re a football coach. Your team has the ball on the opposing 2 yard line. There are 15 seconds left. You need a touchdown to win. That is not the time draw up a play, decide who will run the

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    Driver Awareness–A Key for CSA Control

    April 21, 2013 by Doug Marcello

    Drivers need to understand how CSA works.  Absent that understanding, they are doomed to continue the conduct that builds up their points and your scores. I speak at driver meetings two or three Saturday mornings a month.  It is an

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