Expert Evaluates Truck Stop Land Usage Dispute

Joseph O'Neill

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— Updated on October 12, 2017

Trucking Expert WitnessThis case takes place in Indiana and involves a dispute over land usage. The plaintiff owns property consisting of a truck stop, while the defendant owns property adjacent to this truck stop and wanted to develop a commercial building. The plaintiff claims they need the entire easement in order for trucks to access and leave the truckstop. The issue pertains to the route truckers are taking, coming off the road that runs in front of both properties and whether the tractor trailers can make certain maneuvers through different routes around the easement area. The defendant maintains that they will leave enough room for customers to be able to access the truck stop premises. The defendant needs an expert in property management to examine the area and perform certain maneuvers to determine the various access areas to the truck stop and if there are alternative routes through the easement area that would not require the entire space.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1.) Please discuss your expertise in driving tractor trailers and maneuvering in and out of various locations.

Expert Witness Response E-000398

If we have an accident somewhere, going in and out of a business, making left or right turns, whatever it may be, I go and set up a camera and say what can and can’t be done. I also drive the trucks and can show what can and can’t be done. New York has strict routing for trucks insofar as what roads they can and can’t be on. If the property owner will provide a certain amount of land or property to construct a driveway to enter or exit, then I don’t see why that would be an issue. I was recently involved in a property dispute where I had to take a truck and do maneuvers concerning an inadequate facility where someone got hurt. I think I am thoroughly qualified to assist on this case. It’s possible you might need a civil engineer to document what I do and agree to it, because if the opposing side has one and you don’t, it could make things a little more difficult.

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