The New York Times recently came out with a scathing editorial called “The Trucks Are Killing Us.” In it, the author claims that Congress is “coddling” the truck industry. He says that if past trends hold true,
“More people will be killed in traffic accidents involving large trucks this year than have died in all of the domestic commercial airline crashes over the past 45 years.”
But even with trucks clearly causing horrible fatal accidents all over America, the trucking industry continues to press for lower safety standards. For example, Congress is now considering:
- Allowing truck drivers to work 82 hours/week (instead of the current 70 hours over 8 days)
- Lowering the minimum driving age for large trucks
- Allowing longer and heavier trucks on the road than we already have
There’s even wireless technology coming out that would help monitor drivers and their trucks, and the industry has pushed back against that as well.
So now we’re facing an epidemic: the death toll in truck accidents rose 17% between 2009 and 2013. The CDC estimates it’s costing us $99 billion a year.
That’s money that we could be putting toward education, infrastructure, and public health. It’s money we should be investing in our communities to keep us safer and healthier. But instead we’re spending it on tragedies.
Sometimes as a truck accident lawyer in Memphis, I have people ask me why I fight for such high sums. We go after truck accidents hard, and it can seem surprising to people who’ve never been affected.
But let’s not forget three very important things – and these three things are the reason I do what I do:
- No one can ever bring our clients’ loved ones back.
- Their deaths were too often completely preventable.
- No one in power seems to care about preventing it.
Someone has to fight for the victims of these crashes and the drivers, who are also at risk. The drivers of these trucks are being forced to work on little sleep and drive extremely fast to make their deadlines. That isn’t fair to anyone, and the only way to change it right now is through the courts.
Congress could do a much better job regulating the trucking industry. In the meantime, I’m perfectly happy speaking out for the victims. Because someone needs to tell these companies they can’t get away with cutting corners on human life.
We need trucks on the road. But those trucks simply must be safe. And at my office, the victims get a chance to demand it.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a truck accident, please contact my office today. You can reach us online or call 901-327-1212 to discuss your case for free.