Highway Safety Coalition : Car & Truck Accident Prevention & Instruction

The Highway Safety Coalition informs the public in ways to reduce deaths, serious injuries and economic losses in from motor vehicle crashes by promoting collaborative efforts between agencies, organizations and individuals. Coalition building has been recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) as an effective tool for behavior change. Effective coalitions reach across borders and jurisdictions, bringing together agencies and groups that sometimes find themselves in competition rather than cooperation..

Commercial Truck Inspections

We conduct inspections that are in accordance with trucking standards and include maintenance records and compliance, GPS and communication reviews and more. An inspection  may yield valuable answers in an investigation or lawsuit after a trucking accident. We inspect vehicles to check for any damage and assess whether the vehicle had undergone all required maintenance and determine the cause of the accident.

Driver Qualification Assessment

Trucking companies should employ the most qualified, responsible drivers to avoid preventable mistakes. In the case of a trucking accident, VTHS evaluates motor carriers’ driver records, including personnel files and any relevant driver documents. Drivers’ records and driving histories may be relevant in an accident lawsuit, especially if the driver had a history of negligence or reckless behavior.

Maintenance Records and Compliance Evaluation

Motor carrier companies are responsible for maintaining files on each vehicle that details any maintenance or repair work. Our investigator will evaluate vehicle files and review all company processes and procedures for information that could be pertinent in a lawsuit.

Truck Accident Expert Witness Brings Experience and a Unique Perspective

In compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, VTHS provides reviews, consultations and support for businesses. Truck accident trial consultants brings his 33 years of experience in the trucking industry and transportation safety to work with businesses in the motor carrier industry. Our truck lawsuit trial consultant services include:

  • Reviewing Compliance, Accountability and Safety (CSA) Scores
  • Preparation for upcoming audits with the Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Reviewing compliance files
  • Reviewing dispatch and load planning process
  • Reviewing driver turnover and retention rates
  • Evaluating driver training
  • Evaluating loss prevention programs

Where your business needs help, our truck accident legal consultant can bring you back to compliance and improve your scores and ratings. We work in Motor Carrier Safety and Management Consulting and can keep companies and organizations in the motor carrier industry in compliance. We will help your company in the areas of compliance, loss control, loss prevention, driver retention and training for drivers, as well as safety personnel.

Hours of Service, GPS Information and Communication Records Analysis

With modern technology, electronic data can sometimes help us understand what caused a truck accident or contributed to it. We examine logs, records of driver communication and positioning data that can be essential in building a legal case. He evaluates and recreates logs reflecting actual movements unique to a truck accident’s specific circumstances.

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This site provides tools and resources not currently available to groups and communities throughout the state as well as a way to connect with others who share in the goal of keeping people alive on highways, roads and streets. According to NHTSA,

“A broad-based, grassroots coalition enhances credibility. One saying is especially appropriate for coalitions: ‘It is easy to cut one blade of grass, but if you bind many blades together into a sheaf, they are very difficult to cut through.’ The more widespread support a project can demonstrate, the more seriously the effort is perceived. When the project demonstrates both widespread support and active involvement, opinion leaders, the media and the public begin to take the effort seriously and pay attention.”

  • Promoting professionalism, mutual respect and cooperation between Truckers, Motorists and Law Enforcement Agencies.
  • Educating all Highway Users for responsible and safe motor vehicle operation to reduce vehicle accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
  • Working to build relationships with other safety groups of similar values to be successful in this mutual goal.
  • Sponsoring a “Master Driver” program to give advanced training, skills, pride, respect and restore Code of the Road for The Best of the Best.

Distractions to Safe Driving Cause Car Accidents

There are major distractions associated with cell-phone usage while operating a motor vehicle. Some of the distractions are; drivers must take their eyes off the road while dialing or text-messaging, some persons become absorbed in their conversations that their ability to concentrate on driving is severely impaired jeopardizing the vehicles occupants and other victims. The latest research shows that while using cellular telephones while driving may not be the most dangerous distraction, but, because it is so prevalent it is by far the most common cause of crashes and near crashes. Reports reflect that it may be safer to drive with alcohol impaired drivers than drivers using cellular telephones. Our development center is located in Austin Texas with a team of professionals dedicated to establishing the world’s first automated detection system for prosecuting offenders.

Accident Prevention

Every year, traffic crashes kill over 30,000 people and injure about 2 million people nationwide. The best way to survive a crash is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Before you get behind the wheel ask yourself a few questions:

  • Am I too exhausted to be behind the wheel?
  • Will I be distracted by my cell phone, radio or other distractions?
  • Am I feeling too upset and angry to drive well?
  • Have I taken any drugs or alcohol that might impair my ability to drive?
  • Will I buckle my seat belt and ensure that all my passengers wear one too?

Over the past 10 years there has been a 37 percent decline of fatalities on roads. This declining trend can be attributed to four different areas:

  • Planning efforts by a coordinated group of state agencies
  • Continual efforts in engineering improvements in roads and vehicles
  • Educational programs for new and existing drivers
  • Enforcement initiatives to help ensure proper driving behavior

However, these combined efforts will only get us so far in saving lives. Every person behind the wheel has a responsibility to themselves and to other motorists to drive safely.