Expert Category: ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION - Trucks, Buses & Forklifts
Specialties: Don 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 one million miles of safe cross-country trucking experience, followed by over 20 years as a driver trainer, Don is well-qualified to provide analysis of what drivers are trained to do in a 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. Well-versed and experienced in loading dock, forklift, and freight securement procedures and issues. As an active motorcyclist with over 45 years of riding and training experience, he is also qualified to comment on accidents involving motorcycles.
Don has vast experience in hands-on training of commercial drivers, from basic driving and maneuvering skills to emergency driving skills and live skid pad training. He is nationally-recognized as a leader in safety and training issues, is a winner of the American Trucking Association/ Professional Truck Driver Institute Lee Crittenden award in 2009. Over his long and successful career in trucking and education, he has held numerous national board and officer positions in trucking and education.
Don 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 more than two hundred cases across the country since 1997. His experience includes significant deposition and trial testimony. Don possesses a unique combination of training, hands-on experience, and education that combine to position him as the leading expert in all facets of trucking. Don still maintains a Class A Commercial Driver License fully endorsed for Doubles - Triples, Tankers, Bus, Motorcycle, and Hazardous Materials, as well as current USDOT Medical Certificate.
Degrees/Licenses: BA University of Nebraska, Class A CDL.