TCA offers workshop series on technology issues

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The Truckload Carriers Association will present several workshops to explore technology considerations for independent contractors, transportation technology procurement, and data use in litigation.

The following workshops focusing on transportation technology, procurement, and litigation are included with the purchase of this series:

  • March 10 at 1 p.m. ET —  In-Cab Technology Considerations for Independent Contractor Drivers;
  • March 23 at 1 p.m. ET — Transportation Technology Procurement; and
  • April 20 at 1 p.m. ET — Data Use in Litigation.

In-Cab Technology Considerations for Independent Contractor Drivers

Jonathan Todd and Helen Schweitz from the Benesch law firm will explore the intersection of technology and independent contractor relationships to help identify new areas of risk and best practices for deployment of cutting-edge technology across independent contractor fleets.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Anticipate practical aspects of the technology procurement and implementation lifecycle, and understand key decision points
  • Recognize the high impact risks as data collection and use continues to play a greater role in your business operations
  • Prioritize the internal and external resources that you may deploy for your tech and driver contracting, and day-to-day operational compliance
  • Visualize the terms and conditions, policies, and other tools available to manage use of these technologies with your drivers and mitigate risk exposure

Transportation Technology Procurement

Facilitated by Mike Stovsky, this workshop will provide an overview of critical issues and risks, and how to handle and mitigate these issues within the process of negotiating technology procurement agreements with key vendors. The session will cover in detail a “day in the life” of a technology procurement transaction and discuss:

  • Critical elements of various types of transactions and agreement
  • Important business drivers and inflection (i.e., decision) points;
  • Structure of various technology procurement transactions and agreements including on-premises licenses and off-premises BPO transactions (i.e., SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, TaaS) including common economic terms;
  • Risks and risk mitigation strategies and provisions including representations and warranties, indemnification, limitations on liability and liability caps including “market” options for these provisions;
  • Data security and privacy risks and considerations, and methods of mitigating these risks including a discussion of the most recent and relevant new laws, rules and regulations applicable to transportation companies; and
  • Experience based strategies in getting contracts with key vendors done in a pragmatic way based upon market terms.

Data Use in Litigation

Facilitated by Eric Zalud, this workshop will discuss step-by-step processes and protocols that a motor carrier can take upon receiving the proverbial midnight call of a catastrophic accident, with a specific focus upon recent and evolving technological changes and developments, that impact that course of conduct.  The workshop will provide:

  • Practical tips for investigation and retention of various types of physical, technological, and electronic evidence, including EOBR’s, drive cams, ECMs, GPS’s, Smart Phones, and other technological components of involved vehicles and the surrounding geographic area
  • Summarize and provide an update on the impacts of telematics and “Big Data” upon catastrophic MVA litigation (and litigation prevention)
  • Discuss procedures for collecting the data, provide a comprehensive enumeration of data that should be collected, and provide guidance on the retention of the technical data to prevent spoliation claims, so that the tail does not wag the dog (And pushes back on the reptile)
  • Provide a dozen practice tips on pushing back, during daily operations of a motor carrier, on potential reptile theory attacks in catastrophic litigation.

To learn more about this series, to meet the facilitators, and sign up, visit