Brooks is an experienced Transportation Manager specializing in trucking, warehousing, intermodal, and logistics related claims. After 13 years and 1.4 million miles as a CDL tractor trailer driver, Brooks spent the next 17 years in Transportation Management, holding the positions of Safety Instructor, Driver Recruiter, Safety & Risk Manager, Terminal Manager, and Regional Manager.
Brooks is also the former owner of Maryland Safety Services, a firm that provided CDL driver recruitment services as well as driver and warehouse training and compliance assistance.
Throughout his career, Brooks has participated in several hundred hours of training in OSHA and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Brooks has investigated hundreds of trucking, warehousing, and freight related accidents, injuries and claims for some of the nation’s largest Motor Carriers.
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- Sleep Deprivation – Expert Article on Fatigue in Commercial Truck Crashes
Sleep Deprivation and Fatigue in Commercial Truck Crashes
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sleep deprivation is a factor in almost 100,000 motor vehicle accidents and 1,550 fatalities per year in the United States. In fact, studies suggest that fatigue and/or sleep deprivation may be a contributing factor in at least 30 to 40 percent of all heavy truck crashes.
The Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Sleep deprivation not only affects a person’s health, it also affects a driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The effects of sleep deprivation on drivers include:
- Increased reaction time
- Decreased alertness
- Degraded attention and vigilance
- Decreased motivation
- Increased “microsleeps”
- Increased chance of driver error
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- Load Securement - Expert Investigates Pharmaceutical Cargo Loss
Two tanks of pre-market pediatric vaccine toppled over and were destroyed while being transferred from a production facility in Canada to a testing facility in the United States. The vaccine was transported by a third party trucking company that specializes in refrigerated transportation of goods for the pharmaceutical industry. The loss was valued at approximately $750,000 US. Robson Forensic trucking expert, Brooks Rugemer, was retained to evaluate the cargo pick-up and securement procedures of the trucking company to determine if their actions were a cause of the loss.
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- Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accident Results in $3.5 Million Verdict
Brooks Rugemer - Commercial Trucking Specialist
A federal jury awarded nearly $3.5 million to the widow of a 26-year-old man who was killed instantly when the tractor-trailer he was repairing lurched forward because
the driver allegedly pressed the ignition button while it was still in gear.
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- In 2007 Motor Vehicle Collisions Resulted in Excess of 40,000 Fatalities
In 2007 motor vehicle collisions resulted in excess of 40,000 fatalities
and almost 2,500,000 injuries, according to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration’s website. It is often important to
determine both how a crash occurred and the underlying causes
of both the crash and resultant injury.
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