Peter Bobchin to present at TIDA Webinar on Preventability Determinations

Peter Bobchin will be presenting at a webinar on Tuesday, November 1st, sponsored by the Trucking Industry Defense Association. The webinar, entitled “FMCSA, Preventability Determinations, and How to Navigate These Issues at Deposition,” will explore FMCSA requirements for reporting accidents, addressing protections afforded under 49 U.S.C. § 504(f), and whether preventability determinations fall under the protections.

The program will review how some state courts handle the admissibility of preventability determinations at trial, and how to address the issue in preparing a safety supervisor to testify at a deposition. The webinar will also discuss the FMCSA’s voluntary Crash Preventability Demonstration Program.

The Panel members also include TIDA attorneys Rene L. Bowen of Franklin & Prokopic, P.C., in Baltimore, and Joseph Panatera of Cassiday Schade LLP, in Chicago.

TIDA members can register for the webinar via the link at the bottom of TIDA’s home page, at

Peter has been a member of TIDA for 17 years and his partner, John Lane, has been a member for most of TIDA’s existence. Together, they co-author and update TIDA’s state law summary for New York. The Association includes individuals from the trucking industry, trucking insurance and claims professionals, and attorneys who devote a substantial portion of their practice to the defense of trucking companies.

Partner Peter Bobchin moderates TIDA Webinar

Peter Bobchin recently moderated a webinar sponsored by the Trucking Industry Defense Association’s Interactive Education Committee.  The webinar titled “Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Heading: Regulatory Updates in the New Administration” explored new regulations affecting the trucking industry by first taking a look back at changes made to trucking regulations at the end of 2020.  The focus then switched to what both trucking attorneys and industry professionals can expect to see under the Biden administration, and the new appointees to head the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. 

Panel members included TIDA attorneys Sarah E. Hansen of Burden, Hafner & Hansen in Buffalo, New York, and Stephen J. Cohen of Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, doing a superb job of explaining some complex and intricate subjects of importance to the trucking industry.

The webinar covered recent regulatory developments on the issues of hours of service and electronic driver logs, emerging regulations impacting driver training and recruitment, and safety initiatives incorporating new and evolving technology.  Peter has been a member of TIDA for 17 years and his partner John Lane has been a member for most of TIDA’s existence.  Together, they co-author the New York law updates for TIDA.       

John Lane Reflects Upon a Great TIDA Annual Seminar Amid a Gathering of National Heroes

photo by Louise Lane

I recently attended the 27th Annual Seminar of the Trucking Industry Defense Association, in Tampa, Florida, gathering with wonderful friends from across the county. As a bonus, we shared our hotel with some of the most inspiring Americans – recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor at their annual meeting.

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