Terry Kummer joined the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) on Jan. 11, 2021, as its new director of crash data and investigation standards. He will be responsible for developing and managing a uniform standard for conducting commercial motor vehicle crash investigations and collecting and reporting crash data.
As director of crash data and investigation standards, Kummer will coordinate and manage the development of the Alliance’s commercial motor vehicle crash investigation processes. He will also develop training materials to support crash investigations and reconstruction. Kummer will manage commercial motor vehicle crash data collection processes and systems, as well as the analysis and evaluation of crash statistics and data quality to identify and implement strategies that mitigate program deficiencies. He will also serve as the primary resource for the Alliance membership, staff and stakeholders on commercial motor vehicle crash reduction efforts, issues and programs.
Kummer joins CVSA with nearly 30 years of law enforcement service with the Kansas Highway Patrol. He was instrumental in the development of the Kansas Highway Patrol’s crash reconstruction team and served as its director. He is an accredited crash reconstructionist through the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and has reconstructed hundreds of crashes throughout his career. Kummer responded to fatal and serious injury collisions to investigate and document scenes for reconstruction purposes. He also testified in state and federal courts as an expert witness in collision reconstruction, commercial motor vehicle reconstruction and commercial motor vehicle inspections.
As a lead instructor for the Kansas Highway Patrol, Kummer taught collision reconstruction courses and forensic mapping, including the use of global navigation satellite systems, robotic total stations and unmanned aerial vehicle systems. Kummer brings that extensive, specialized expertise to his role at the Alliance.
“Terry will respond to the needs of the membership by providing leadership and direction related to all aspects of the Alliance’s crash data and investigation initiatives,” said CVSA Executive Director Collin Mooney. “This is a newly created position and Terry is well qualified and experienced to step into this role. We’re happy to have him on board and will utilize his guidance, advice and expertise as we grow our crash data collection and investigation procedures and training programs, a critical component of the Alliance’s strategic plan.”
Kummer was a certified Level I, hazardous materials, cargo tank and other bulk packaging inspector when he was with the Kansas Highway Patrol. He also served as the Region III voting member on CVSA’s Crash Data and Investigation Standards Committee. Kummer has a bachelor of science degree in finance with an emphasis on statistics and mathematics.
“I am happy to join the CVSA headquarters team,” said Kummer. “In this new role, I will leverage my years of relevant experience and applicable skills to successfully fulfill my responsibilities as CVSA’s director of crash data and investigation standards.”