Truck Safety Coalition

Posted on behalf of Gordon & Doner on Sep 05, 2013 in Truck Accidents


The Truck Safety Coalition was formed as a survivor’s network and an educational resource for victims of trucking accidents and the trucking industry as a whole. Formed in partnership with the Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.) and the Citizens for Reliable And Safe Highways Foundation (CRASH), the Truck Safety Coalition is an ally for survivors and helps advocate for legislation that will keep truckers and motorists safer throughout Florida and across the United States.

Crash data from the department of Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles showed 3,700 fatal large truck accident s in 2008, while 90,000 people sustained injuries in over 64,000 trucking accidents nationally. Sadly, Florida consistently ranks highly in terms of fatal traffic accidents, third only to California and Texas. In 2008, Florida reported 11,500 fatal accidents involving medium, heavy or tractor-trailer trucks.

It is because of statistics like this that the Truck Safety Coalition exists. Important legislation can be enacted with the help of the coalition and its supporters in order to eliminate needless deaths and injury on Florida’s roads and highways.

The attorneys of Gordon & Doner understand that the pain and frustration that comes with a truck crash can be overwhelming, and we fight for the rights of the injured victims who need an ally during such a trying time. We will always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to our clients.

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EORB Truck Safety Coalition Facts

One of the most crucial pieces of legislation that the Truck Safety Coalition supports is a law to make the emergency onboard recorders (EORBs) mandatory for all drivers and their rigs. The coalition publishes data from these boxes, which can help carriers and drivers understand what contributed to an accident that took place. Much like a plane’s black box, the EORB contains a wealth of helpful data in preventing future crashes.

The Truck Safety Coalition argues the following points in favor of EORBs:

  • Drivers habitually violate the mandated maximum hours of service
  • EORBs are already being used with great success in a number of trucks and buses
  • Logbook falsifications are common to cover hours of service issues
  • The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has repeatedly called for such legislation
  • Truck drivers are typically sleep deprived on a regular basis
  • …along with other points.

The Truck Safety Coalition and the National Transportation Safety Board agree that EORB presence in commercial trucks would go a long way to reducing the instances of Truck accidents and fatalities. The EORBs make it impossible for a driver to falsify information about their trips, such as driving hours or locations, and other factors that contribute to unsafe driving conditions and vehicle crashes and can provide valuable truck safety information.

Common Kinds of Trucking Accidents

Careless driving is continually one of the main contributing factors in Florida commercial trucking accidents. The weight of the truck coupled with its awkward stance makes it difficult to avoid an accident but very easy to cause one.

Some of the most common types of truck accidents include:

  • Brake failure accidents
  • Improper braking accidents
  • Jackknife accidents
  • No-Zone, or blind spot accidents
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Rollover/ tipping
  • Underride accidents
  • Wide turn accidents
  • …to name a few.

The coalition also educates motor vehicle operators on the importance of staying aware and cautious while they share the road with commercial vehicles. Being mindful of a truck’s “No-Zone” is very important, as it is a blind spot that no vehicle should remain in for too long.

Our South Florida truck accident lawyers Are Here to Help

The 180+ years of experience that the attorneys of Gordon & Doner will bring to your commercial vehicle accident case ensure that a skilled and compassionate litigator will fight for the rights of you or your loved one.

Our firm represents the injured and we fight for the people, not the powerful. Experiencing the damaging effects of a truck crash can be a scarring and terrifying experience, and the attorneys at Gordon & Doner will guide you through the legal process efficiently and intelligently.

We have offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart, and Davie, FL. In addition to those cities, we proudly serve the following areas:

  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Hollywood
  • Jupiter/ Tequesta
  • Miami
  • Wellington
  • West Palm Beach
  • …and most other surrounding towns and areas.

The emotional damage from a bus crash can linger for years or a lifetime, as can the physical wounds.

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