Mark Respass is a Commercial Trucking Expert with nearly 40 years of diverse experience as a driver, fleet safety director, and transportation risk manager for a major insurance provider. He applies his knowledge and experience to the investigation of commercial and personal injury litigation involving all aspects of commercial trucking, warehousing/distribution operations, and FMCSR, OSHA, and EPA regulatory compliance.
Mark has held a Class A CDL since its inception in 1992, and through his career has held nearly all CDL endorsements including Doubles/Triples, Tankers, and HazMat. He began his driving career after 7 years in law enforcement with the Eden, North Carolina police department. In the 9 years he spent driving, Mark covered approximately 1 million accident and citation-free miles, where he gained experience in the transport and loading/unloading a variety of different commodities. Mark later went on to work as Fleet Safety Manager for a food distribution company, and then to Zurich NA, where he was a risk engineer. Mark’s experience in the insurance industry affords him a unique perspective on the relationship between trucking and insurance companies, and the policies and procedures of many regional and national trucking outfits. The risk improvement services he provided for customers and business partners included identifying exposures with major loss and liability potential, and presenting guidelines for improving their policies on fleet safety, maintenance, and hiring, among others.
Mark’s time in the insurance industry led him to a long career as a Director of Safety for several large carriers. He was responsible for all aspects of fleet safety and regulatory compliance including FMCSR, OSHA, and EPA, oversight of hours-of-service, electronic logs, DOT drug/alcohol testing programs, accident investigations, CDL driver hiring, qualification, selection, and training. Mark has served on multiple Safety Management Councils with the American Trucking Association (ATA), Colorado Motor Carrier Association (CMCA), and The North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI).