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Program Overview

This “Lunch and Learn” webinar will explore what attorneys and claims specialists need to address when they get “the call” that their client’s driver has been involved in a catastrophic accident. Panelists will discuss how to prepare for “the call,” how to put a responsive plan into motion, basics on scene inspection and preservation of evidence, how to protect the driver, interaction with local authorities, witnesses, and the media and ensuring compliance with federal regulations, such as post-accident inspections and mandatory drug/alcohol testing.


Who Should Attend
  • Young attorneys and transportation specialists and practitioners who are new to trucking;
  • Practicing trial lawyers handling regulation heavy trucking litigation;
  • Trucking Industry representatives and claims adjusters seeking to enhance their knowledge or get a refresher on the basics.

What You Will Learn

  • How to prepare for a catastrophic loss response, including a team of attorneys, investigators, experts and a comprehensive “emergency response kit”;
  • Preservation of evidence/avoidance of spoliation claims;
  • How to protect the driver and handle driver issues, including potential criminal implications, conflicts, applicable federal requirements;
  • How to interact at the scene, including with the police, witnesses and media.


Donna L. Burden

Donna L. Burden is a founding member and managing partner of the law firm of Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC in Buffalo, New York and practices throughout New York State. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of DRI, as well as the former Chair of the DRI Trucking Committee and former Program Chair for the Trucking Law Conference. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation of the IADC and the Chair of the IADC Upstate New York State Committee, as well as former Chair of the IADC Transportation Committee and former Chair of the IADC Trucking Subcommittee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of TIDA and a member of the Membership Committee and acts as Advisor to the Canadian Relations and Interactive Committees. She is also a member of the TLA and CTLA and Themis Advocates Group. Ms. Burden has many years of experience litigating large loss cases in trucking and transportation, product liability, medical device, professional liability, labor law, premises, toxic tort, municipal law, employment law and other catastrophic injury matters. She is the head of the firm’s 24-Hour Emergency Response Team.

Janice Beacham

Janice Beacham is currently the Director of Risk Management and Safety for Estes Express Lines Inc in Richmond, VA. She has been employed with Estes Express Lines for 20 years within the Safety Department. Ms. Beacham’s responsibilities include managing the Liability and Workers Compensation claims and litigation nationwide. This includes the analyzation of data for improvement in training and behaviors to reduce the financial and nonfinancial cost for the employee and company. In addition, her Safety responsibilities include managing compliance of the Federal Regulations for the company and CMV employee as well as the Safety programs. Prior to Estes Express Lines, Janice was employed with Overnite Transportation as the Liability Claims Manager. She received a BS in Sociology/Law Enforcement from Averett University Danville, VA in 1989.

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