TCA audio seminars to address risk in lawsuits, audits

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The Truckload Carriers Association is presenting audio conferences in July and September designed to help trucking companies reduce their legal and financial exposure in accident lawsuits and compliance reviews.

The first audio conference, “Motor Carrier Accidents — Investigation, Spoliation and Evaluation,” addresses ways carriers can avoid common mistakes that occur after accidents and hurt carriers’ defense in litigation. Topics include preservation and investigation of evidence, use of expert witnesses and strategies for evaluating accidents for litigation risk.

The session, scheduled for 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time on July 21, will be led by R. Clay Porter, a partner with Atlanta-based law firm Dennis, Corry, Porter & Smith and a widely regarded expert on motor carrier defense.

The second audio conference, “Preparing for and Managing a Compliance Review Audit,” will focus on the critical steps motor carriers should take to ensure a successful Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration compliance review — and how to avoid audits in the first place. Topics include strategies for staying off FMCSA’s priority list for audits, tips for streamlining the compliance process to focus on critical documents, ways of managing “safety event” data in the audit, and recommendations for conducting an internal audit.

The audio conference is scheduled for 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time on Sept. 29. Presenters are Kevin Burch, president of Dayton, Ohio-based Jet Express; Jeff Davis, vice president-safety and human resources for Jet Express; and David Hedgpeth, vice president-compliance and safety for Lancaster, Texas-based FFE Transportation Services.

Individually, the audio conference registration is $129 for TCA members and $159 for nonmembers. Companies that sign up for both audio conferences at one time, however, get the second audio conference for $79.

More information and a link to online registration is available on the TCA website.