About V. Paul Herbert
V. Paul Herbert started in the trucking industry in 1976 at 18 years of age, in
Plumas County, California; he drove dump truck, water truck, and logging truck. Throughout the following years
he continued to haul logs during logging season and the remainder of the year he would haul finished lumber, wood
chips, heavy equipment and machinery, sheet and structural steel, fuels and lubricating oils, pipe, etc.
In 1981 he became a State Trooper for the Nevada Highway Patrol and was stationed in Reno, Nevada.
While employed by the NHP, because of his background as a truck driver, he was given specialized training and
assignments pertaining to commercial vehicle safety, compliance, and accident investigation.
In 1985 he returned to work in the trucking industry in management positions where he could utilize
both his truck driving experience and his law enforcement experience in accident investigation and prevention
In 1990 Mr. Herbert created the Western
Motor Carrier Safety Institute to provide commercial vehicle safety and compliance consulting services to
several small trucking companies. He also routinely testifies in litigated truck, bus, and forklift cases. He works
for both plaintiffs and defendants and has testified in approximately 75 trials pertaining to truck, bus, or
forklift operation, equipment, or maintenance standards.
Mr. Herbert provides expert witness testimony concerning the custom, practice, and
standard of care in the trucking, busing, and forklift operation industries. He can assist you in identifying
the merits of your case.
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