Safety conference

Safety Confidence in an uncertain world

a three-day virtual experience: January 26-28 I 8:30am-12:00pm

all team access: $279 I single access: $199

Presenting Sponsor:

attend this year's conference and:

  • Know how to support and train your drivers in today’s environment.

  • Make new contacts who can be your resource in the fleet safety world.

  • Have critical conversations with your safety peers on topics that matter to you.

  • Understand techniques for minimizing liability exposure based on your driver employment model.

  • Get your questions answered from FMCSA and Commercial Enforcement.

  • Minimize your risk of a nuclear verdict.

  • Help you, your operations team, and your drivers understand safety technology on different trucks.

  • Save time reviewing safety technology vendor options by attending micro learning sessions.

  • Build better driver coaching programs.

  • Enhance your safety communications by learning the most recent safety stats.

  • Know how to avoid mistakes that plaintiff attorneys will use against you.


•    FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse - Issues & Annual Queries

•    Compliance Corner - handling IFTA & IRP renewals
•    Accident Prevention - leading safety in a virtual world
•    Stressful Situations - managing stress and time
•    Coaching Drivers through Resistance to Change
•    Favorite Tools to Make Life Easier in Safety
•    Safety Scorecards (Measuring Driver & Team Safety)
•    OSHA Requirements in COVID
•    Safety in a COVID world
•    Training in a COVID world​

•    Driver Mental Health

Day 2: January 27

8:30-9:00 am :

9:00-9:10 am :

9:10-10:10 am:

Registration & EXPO Open
Coffee with an Expert (Choose one):
Matt Marrin, FMCSA or 
Capt. Jon Olsen, MN State Patrol

Welcome by MTA President John Hausladen & Lisa Gonnerman, Safety Conf. Chair


The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

David Franklin, ATS

10:10-10:20 am:

Live Q&A With Dave Franklin

10:20-10:30 am:

Safety Technology Mini Learning Session

10:30-11:20 am:


David Foster, Bay & Bay; Katie Talcott, Dedicated Logistics; Todd Haag, Coborn's

11:20-11:30 am:

Live Q&A With Panel

Day 3: January 28

8:30-9:00 am :

9:00-9:10 am :

9:10-10:10 am:

Registration & EXPO Open
Coffee and Safety Stats
Dan Murray, ATRI

Welcome by MTA President John Hausladen & Lisa Gonnerman, Safety Conf. Chair


Insider's Guide to the Case

Joe Fried, Fried Goldberg, LLC

10:10-10:20 am:

10:20-11:20 am:

11:20-11:30 am

11:30-11:40 am

Sponsor Break


Managing the Risks of Nuclear Verdicts

Mike Langford, Scopelitis Law Firm

Live Q&A with Mike Langford

Conference Closing

Day 1: January 26

8:30-9:00 am :

Registration & EXPO Open
Networking Breakfast – Open to All Registrants
NEXTLEADER Breakfast with Safety Directors (invite only) 

sponsored by Acuity Insurance

9:00-9:10 am :


Welcome by MTA President John Hausladen & Lisa Gonnerman, Safety Conf. Chair


Liabilities and Pitfalls Across Different Driver Employment Models

Clay Porter, Attorney, Porter Rennie Woodard & Kendall, LLP

10:00-10:10 am :


Live Q&A with Clay Porter


Driver Panel

Scott, FedEx Ground, Dan, Transport America, Scott, Coborn's Inc. 


Small group discussions with industry peers, led by NEXTLEADERS


For over 25 years, Michael Langford, a partner with the transportation law firm Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, PC, has been defending and trying case nationwide on behalf of motor carriers in vehicle injury and death lawsuits. In his talk, Mr. Langford will share with you his thoughts about what motor carriers get wrong before and after the accident happens and how that those missteps can lead to nuclear verdicts.  He will also share his recommendations on how motor carriers can better address claims from their inception, make the right moves during the discovery process, and decide which cases are the ones that should be tried.

Plaintiff Attorney Joe Fried will discuss:

  •   Truck Crash Litigation:  What has changed in the last decade?

  •   What are the most significant factors that contribute to nuclear verdicts?

  •   How has safety technology changed truck crash litigation?

  •   Is it better to have safety technology or not?

  •   How important is it to lawsuits to have well-documented compliance with FMCSRs

  •   What mistakes do you see with policies and procedures and training programs.

  •   When a trucking company says: “safety is a core value”

  •   What every trucking company should know about dealing with their lawyers and insurers

  •   Tort reform

This program looks at motor carrier safety and risk from the perspective of the relationship between the motor carrier and the driver. Does the relationship alter the liability risks associated with hiring, training, supervision and retention? If so, is your company well positioned to address those risks? Do your safety policies distinguish between employee drivers and independent contractors? How do you explain those difference in the context of casualty claims? Do these distinctions affect your casualty exposure? Do your post-accident preservation practices differ according to the driver relationship? Do those distinctions affect your risk exposure? This program will explore these risks and potential techniques for minimizing them.

A listening session with three professional drivers out in the field to learn about what is effecting them in this new environment and what companies can do to support them. The driver panel will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted their work and home life, stress and distractions from safety, as well as what positive actions companies have taken to support their drivers. 

  • What variables are drivers using to track themselves in terms of their safety?

  • What is the best coaching advice they have received in their career? 

  • What are their favorite tools they use each day for safety? 

  • How they stay on top of being proactive about safety

David will help you better understand safety technology on different types of trucks including:

  • Understanding collision mitigation and event recorder functionality

  • How to use the data

David Franklin is a Safety Trainer working with Anderson Trucking Services to create and conduct training programs. David believes that education along with consistent messaging helps create a better safety culture. He has worked with Anderson Trucking Service for 10 years, starting as a driver with ATS providing on-site dedicated services. David later accepted a safety/compliance role within the corporate office starting in the E-log department before moving to his first training role at ATS.

Learn from safety-focused leaders how to build a better safety program that changes behavior among drivers, including how to use safety technology alerts to coach drivers. 

Registrants will pick the top 4 topics discussed:





[Official Compliance Sponsor]

[Safety Technology Sponsor]

[Keynote Speaker]

[NEXTLEADER Breakfast]




Thermo King





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