Donald L. Hess, President of DLH Associates, Inc., has been providing expert witness services to attorneys and other clients, including Analysis of Vehicle Crashes since 1997. His specialty is crashes involving Commercial Motor Vehicles, including trucks, tractor-trailers, and buses.
With well over two million miles of safe cross-country trucking experience, followed by over 20 years as a driver trainer and creator / administrator of commercial driving programs, Mr. Hess is well-qualified to provide analysis of what drivers are trained to do in specific situations and circumstances, what federal and state regulations call for and require, and all aspects of the safe and proper operation of commercial motor vehicles. As a motorcyclist with over 45 years of riding and training experience, he is also qualified to comment on accidents involving motorcycles.
Mr. Hess has been nationally-recognized as a leader in safety and training issues, is a winner of the American Trucking Associations Million Mile Driving award, and was a winner of the Truckload Carriers Association Lee Crittenden award. Over his long and successful career in trucking and education, he has held numerous national board and officer positions in trucking and education.
Litigation Support - Mr. Hess is uniquely qualified to analyze and comment on driver behavior in virtually any situation, and has established a solid reputation as an expert witness in crashes involving trucks and commercial vehicles for both Plaintiff and Defense in about 300 hundred cases across the country since 1997. His experience includes significant deposition and trial testimony.
He possesses a unique combination of training, hands-on experience, and education that combine to position him as a leading expert in all facets of trucking. Mr. Hess still maintains a valid, current Commercial Driver License fully endorsed for Combination Vehicles, Doubles-Triples, Tankers, Hazardous Materials, Motorcycles, and Buses. He also holds a USDOT Medical Exam Certificate and CDL and medical maintained without interruption or fault since 1971.
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David F. Merrion is the retired Executive Vice President for Engineering, Detroit Diesel Corporation, now a subsidary of Daimler Trucks North America. He is an Expert Witness regarding Diesel Engines, Diesel Emissions, and Diesel Engine Components such as fuel injection systems, turbochargers, and diesel emission after-treatment systems.
Mr. Merrion is also an expert in diesel engine applications such as trucks, buses, marine, gen sets, mining, construction etc. He has represented General Motors, Detroit Diesel Corp., Tognum/MTU, Navistar, many trucking companies, other diesel engine users.He has done over 40 depositions & has been to jury trial twice.
Mr. Merrion has a MSME from MIT, is an SAE Fellow, an ASME Fellow, received the ASME Honda Medal, and has been on six National Academy of Science Committees.He is on the Technical Advisory Board of Achates Power
Christina Comisarek has over 40 years of experience in and around the Transportation industry, 25 of which have been spent driving over 2 million miles accident free. She is a Certified Director of Safety, Certified Driver Trainer, and has managed a small trucking business for over 10 years. Ms. Comisarek serves as a Transportation Consultant, Driver Safety Trainer, and Expert Witness.
Background: Ms. Comisarek gained first-hand experience, good business sense, and a strong, solid work ethic working for her family's two businesses. Over the years, she's had a variety of roles in the transportation industry, such as loading and unloading, local deliveries, linehaul, school bus driving, driver / safety training, and managing a small trucking company. Ms. Comisarek continues to drive part-time to stay current in the industry. She takes every opportunity to enhance her skills and background, either through first-hand experience or by attending courses such as Accident Investigation.
As a Consultant, Ms. Comisarek assists trucking companies in areas such as streamlining their operations, risk management situations, driver recruitment and retention, and Employee handbooks. Her Safety Training is done either in the classroom or on-site currently, and soon will be offered online.
As an Expert Witness, Ms. Comisarek has worked with top expert witness firms and is pleased to currently be working with NECSC, LLC, providing sound consultation to attorneys through report writing, depositions, and successful trial appearance.
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Level 1 FMCSA inspections Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) post crash inspection CMV crash investigation Driver qualifications Safety Programs Trucking industry standards Cargo-tank truck incidents CMV loading/Off-loading cases (van, cargo-tank, flatbed) CMV wreck involving hazmats Loading rack explosions/disasters Litigation support Trial preparation consulting Courtroom testimony Commerical vehicle accident investigation NIMBY hazmat Highway construction zone incidents CMV loading and offloading investigation Level 1 FMCSA audits Load securement incidents
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Thomas R. Ward has been in the Trucking Repair Industry for 30 years. He is a highly trained heavy duty truck and trailer mechanic who can troubleshoot, inspect and repair all aspects of truck and trailer operating systems. Mr. Ward has more than 18 years of experience as a Mechanic and Shop Foreman for leading trucking companies in the Western United States. An expert welder on cryogenic trailers, he has managed yard operations, trained mechanics, and has written ISO 9000 work instructions. Mr. Ward is also well adept at Cryogenic, CO2, and L.N.G. pump and plumbing repairs, as well as DOT and BIT inspections. He has over 20 certificates of training in the repair and maintenance of commercial trucks and trailers. Litigation Support - Mr. Ward's services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. He provides litigation support services in cases involving:
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