Dr. Fletcher has devoted his entire 35 plus-year medical career to making the nation’s highways safer. He has done this through his national leadership on improving the system to determine a driver’s medical fitness to operate a commercial motor vehicle or a school bus.
For nearly three decades, Dr. Fletcher has been on the front lines of commercial motor vehicle driver medical fitness on a national level. In October 1993, he was the first to propose major changes in the system in order to certify commercial drivers, and in developing the first Department of Transportation (“DOT”) medical certification training program for physicians. In May 1995, Dr. Fletcher produced “The DOT Medical Certification Process: Avoiding Pitfalls and Problems,” a day-long training seminar at the American Occupational Health Conference (“AOHC”) in Las Vegas sponsored by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (“ACOEM”).
State and federal regulations and industry standards play a big role in any litigation involving a commercial motor vehicle or school bus. The increasing complexity of truck and bus accident litigation requires a medical expert who thoroughly understands the medical fitness of drivers and who possesses an intimate knowledge of US Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) and Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) regulations. Dr. Fletcher has the knowledge and a thorough understanding of FMCSA and FTA regulations and how they apply to driver fitness.
When it comes to providing opinions concerning medical driver fitness in relation to proximate cause of an accident, Dr. Fletcher’s experience and intimate knowledge of the regulations has made him one of the most sought-after medical expert witnesses in the United States.
In more than 50 cases around the United States, Dr. Fletcher has qualified as an expert regarding driver medical fitness. In fact, Dr. Fletcher has provided expert opinions on several high-profile national cases that were subject to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigations where Dr. Fletcher gave opinions regarding whether or not driver fitness issues were a proximate cause of the injury.
Dr. Fletcher has been consistently retained by both plaintiff and defense counsel in these trucking-related cases. Notably, Dr. Fletcher has never had any Daubert exclusions relating to his testimony regarding medical fitness of a driver.
As a nationally certified DOT medical examiner and occupational medicine physician, Dr. Fletcher has extensive expertise and training in the DOT regulatory requirements, DOT medical certifications, and issues regarding the occupational safety and medical certification of commercial motor vehicle drivers, which allows him to offer sound medical opinions on fitness-for-driving related issues.