In August, industry partners gathered in Indianapolis for the Baldwin & Lyons Claims + Safety 2014 Seminar. During the two-day event, attendees heard from experts on a variety of topics and witnessed a truck crash test. Presentations from the seminar are available for download below.

Truck crash footage

Visit the IMMI website for photos from the crash test event.

Downloadable presentations

The sanity of driver motivation programs: Why a driver management program gets a good result in one fleet but not another

Dr. John Delery, University of Arkansas
Dennis Whitaker, Wheaton Worldwide Moving

Dr. John Delery has studied driver management systems in the transportation industry for more than 20 years. Dennis Whitaker has tackled the problem of a fleet with multiple CSA BASIC Alerts and implemented an extraordinary, highly successful driver motivation program to improve CSA scores.

In this session, John explores the complexity of driver management systems in the trucking industry and uncovers the underlying factors that contribute to turnover and profit. Dennis describes the dramatic program his company implemented that is both resolving their CSA challenge and enhancing the performance of their fleet.

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Telematics-based driver management: The challenge of changing problem driver behavior and how telematics data can help

Dick Mahany, Baldwin & Lyons
Jim Ward, D.M. Bowman, Inc.

Without parking all the tractors, what is the next best way to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes? The answer: Improve driver performance. Baldwin & Lyons is in its second year of telematics research to identify best practices that prevent losses without harming fleet performance. The results to date include findings that surprised us and may surprise you, too.

In this session, we explore myths and realities about driver speeding events and how fleets can introduce effective data-based driver management programs that improve fleet profitability and performance.

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Accident Analysis and Claim Prevention Tools

Michael J. Case, Baldwin & Lyons
Al Daoud, Baldwin & Lyons

Michael J. Case, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, provides an analysis of claims costs related to different types of coverages. He examines frequency and severity trends and illustrates how a single accident or work injury can impact your insurance coverages in multiple ways.

The actions taken by a company immediately after and subsequent to an accident or injury are critical to the prevention of similar incidents in the future. Al Daoud, Senior Loss Prevention Specialist, provides an overview of basic objectives of accident and injury investigation, along with guidelines of root cause analysis.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall: A guide to benchmarking fleet performance

Presenter: Steve Bryan, Vigillo

Shippers, brokers, insurers, driver applicants and government agencies are all using public data to evaluate your fleet compared to others in the industry. Will they hire you and how much will they pay for your services? Will drivers decide to work for you and what will they expect if they do? How often will regulators select your equipment to be inspected and what will they look for? In a world overflowing with public data, how should your company interpret that data to determine how well you are performing?

Steve Bryan of Vigillo shows you how to create benchmark reports which measure your fleet’s performance compared to your peers and competitors. He also discusses what you can do to positively deliver your message and control the way your fleet performance is perceived.

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Driver behavior and the motor carrier's liability for punitive damages – both vicariously and directly

David Hall, Baker Donelson
Steve Powers, Baker Donelson

This session addresses questions related to punitive damages, including:

  • ​What are punitive/exemplary damages?
  • What is the Reptile Theory and what are plaintiffs' personal injury attorneys doing to increase damage awards against motor carriers and drivers?
  • What conduct on the part of the driver can trigger punitive damages or increase exposure for punitive damages?
  • What liability for punitive damages does the motor carrier have for the conduct of its driver?
  • Should the driver have separate counsel?
  • Is there a trend toward punitive verdicts against motor carriers without a specific award of punitive damages? If so, what can the motor carrier and insurance industries do to reverse the trend?

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