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Georgia Drivers Chosen for America’s Road Team

FMCSA Announces Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee Appointments

Advanced Training for CSI Experts at Northwestern

Police Accident Reports Not Enough for Determinng Fault

"What Attorneys Need to Know"

Panel Comments Underscore Complexity of Tractor-Trailer Crashes

Taking Expertise to Washington

CDR Version 10.0 Released

FMCSA Defends Hours Rule

CDR Version 8.1.1 Released

Congress Passes Bill Helping Military Obtain CDLs

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Georgia Drivers Chosen for America’s Road Team
April 10, 2013

Georgia is also the home of two new captains on America’s Road Team. John Lex, Wal-mart Transportation, and Herschel Evans, Holland, Inc., were chosen to be captains on the 2013-2015 Road Team – an achievement and honor that many strive for, but only a few can say they’ve held.   www.GMTA.org


FMCSA Announces Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee Appointments
March 18, 2013

Last week, FMCSA announced five new members of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC), including:

  • Gary Catapano, senior vice president of safety, First Student, Inc.
  • Bruce Hamilton, president, Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1700
  • Robert Mills, police officer, Fort Worth (TX) Police Department
  • Donald Osterberg, senior vice president of safety and security, Schneider National, Inc.
  • Tami Friedrich Trakh, board member, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH)

The Committee also has a new Chairman, Stephen C. Owings of Road Safe America, the first representative from the safety advocacy community to be named chairman of the MCSAC. Current member Lt. Col. Scott G. Hernandez of the Colorado State Patrol was appointed vice chairman.


Advanced Training for CSI Experts at Northwestern
March 11, 2013

Collision Specialists, Inc. (CSI) is proud to announce that two of its crash experts, Senior Accident Reconstructionist Shane Keller (right) and Commercial Vehicle Specialist John Harrison (left) recently completed a comprehensive class on Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders (EDRs).

The 40-hour course was offered by Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety (NUCPS) at their main campus in Evanston, Illinois.  With thousands of former students engaged in law enforcement and traffic safety professions around the globe, NUCPS has earned the reputation as the worldwide leader in public safety professional development, education, and research.

The course was authored and taught by five of the top vehicle event data recorder experts in the world who have collectively conducted extensive research and published numerous peer-reviewed articles on the topic. Curriculum for the course included collecting, preserving, analyzing, and interpreting electronic crash data, as well as hands-on field testing.

At CSI, educating our employees is one of our highest priorities. The latest technology = the best experts in town!


Police Accident Reports Not Enough for Determinng Fault
February 20, 2013

The president of Collision Specialists Inc., Jeffrey Kidd, spoke to a Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) subcommittee of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) recently regarding whether or not police accident reports are reliable in determining fault in trucking accidents. According to the accident reconstruction specialist, “[p]olice accident reports are not reliable enough to determine who’s at fault in truck crashes.” Kidd went on to tell the panel that “even when the reports are 100% accurate, they are not reliable as a stand-alone source,” according to an article on the Truckinginfo website. Read more...


"What Attorneys Need to Know"
February 14, 2013

"What Attorneys Need to Know" Jeff Kidd, Collision Specialists, Inc. will speak at Mercer University in Macon, GA on February 15, 2013 at the GTLA- Essential Torts Workshop.


Panel Comments Underscore Complexity of Tractor-Trailer Crashes
February 9, 2013

Patrick A. Salvi, a Chicago lawyer who represents victims of truck accidents, today echoed comments made this week by an accident reconstruction specialist who spoke to an advisory panel that is looking into the role police reports can play in assessing truck carriers’ fault in accidents.

According to Truckinginfo.com, Jeffrey Kidd of Georgia spoke to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Subcommittee of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) in a meeting this week in Virginia. Read more...


Taking Expertise to Washington
February 5, 2013

Congratulations to Jeff Kidd, Collision Specialists, Inc., who spoke in Washington, DC for the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Commitee- Subcommittee on Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA). Washington and Jefferson Rooms, 2nd Floor 8:45 – 9:45 AM. Presentation: Accident Reconstruction of CMV. Great JOB!


CDR Version 10.0 Released
February 3, 2013

Version 10.0, the newest version of Bosch Crash Data Retrieval (CDR), is now available.


FMCSA Defends Hours Rule
October 29, 2012

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration defended its hours-of-service rule in a court filing, arguing that limits on the 34-hour restart are reasonable. The agency also told a federal appeals court that the risks of the 11-hour limit on driving are outweighed by the productivity savings, and the 30-minute rest break improves safety. The agency was responding to a petition from American Trucking Associations objecting to a change in which the 34-hour restart will be limited to once a week, with each restart including two rest periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.


Congress Passes Bill Helping Military Obtain CDLs
October 8, 2012

Before leaving for the fall election break, Congress passed legislation that allows states to issue CDLs to military service members who are stationed in that state. The bill, the Military Commercial Driver’s License Act of 2012, passed the House and Senate in mere days. The goal of the legislation is to help expedite CDLs for members of the military, to help them pursue job opportunities immediately after leaving the service. Under existing law, states are only able to issue CDLs to legal residents of that state, making it difficult for members of the armed forces, who may be stationed outside their state of legal residence, to obtain a CDL before leaving military service. The bill was approved on September 28th, but has not yet been signed by the President.

 

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