Truck safety group challenges ATA on crash fault claims

| February 27, 2013

truck crashThe American Trucking Associations has received a letter from the Truck Safety Coalition that blasts the association for its recently released report regarding crash fault and accountability.

ATA’s report — a round-up of studies done in the last decade involving car-truck crashes and who’s at fault — concluded that about 80 percent of truck-car crashes were caused by the drivers of cars, not trucks, citing the research as evidence that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration tackle its lack of crash accountability in Compliance, Safety, Accountability scoring sooner rather than later.

The Coalition says ATA’s report “rehashes and misuses” the studies it cites, saying that 97 percent of deaths in car-truck crashes are those in cars, not trucks.

For the full story on the Truck Safety Coalition’s letter, see Overdrive sister site CCJ‘s article.


  • Johnny R

    The trial lawyers don’t like it when te truth is exposed, do they?LOL

  • Nehemiah Washington III

    This Coalition talks about deaths, the ATA report talks about 4 wheelers being at fault. Do these idiots know how to read?

  • Joe P

    ya, well, like the Truck Safety Coalition has any credibility. Do they drive trucks? Have they ever been in a truck? Are they on the road everyday in a truck? With all the retarded moronic non-truck motorists?

  • Dave Nichols

    The beauracrats only think in terms of public impact. There is no need for an organization if it concludes that trucks are blamless and John Q public is at fault for causing those big beautiful trucks to be wrecked.
    So by reporting the death numbers as mostly auto occupants, rather than that the car drivers are at fault, it serves their agenda

  • Steven

    If you are stupid enough to do what I have seen cars do in front of me, what do you think will happen to you in your tin foil and air bag vehicle when you get hit by a truck. I drive slow 55 mph and leave lots of room and the idiots still do stupid stuff.
    I’m for obolishing CSA and other rule making fed agencies populated by people who have never been in a truck much less drove one.
    The insurance cos. are enough of a rule maker. If you are truly unsafe they won’t insure you.

  • David S. McQueen

    When you see the groups such as PATT and the CRASH Foundation and then do a little research, you’ll find out they aren’t grass-roots soccer moms. These are corporations, mostly incorporated in Virginia (right next to D.C.), which has a main source of revenue from lawsuits. They actively solicit testimony from “victims” of crashes involving trucks. In fact, if you investigate (as I used to do for a living) these “public interest” organizations, you’ll find them run by lawyers. The organization is a front hiding the solicitation of litigants. In other words, it’s a scam.

  • Pissed off trucker wants truth

    $$$ the more ruckus you raise, the more attention you get the more $$ will be awarded. ASK those of the coalition how much they received or the families received in compensation and how much they gave back, because of moral issues, how do you think they fund this, BLOOD MONEY!

    Daphne Izer, Founder, Parents Against Tired Truckers

    Steve Izer, Board Member, Parents Against Tired Truckers

    Lisbon, Maine

    Son Jeffrey and three other teenagers were killed in a crash caused by a tired trucker.

    Jane Mathis, Board Member, Parents Against Tired Truckers and Member, FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee

    St. Augustine, FL

    Son David and his wife Mary Kathryn were killed when a truck driver, who had fallen asleep behind the wheel, rear-ended their car setting it on fire.

    Jennifer Tierney, Board Member, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways

    Kernersville, NC

    Father James Mooney was killed when he crashed into a semi blocking the roadway on a dark, rural road. The semi did not have working lights, reflector tape or underride guards.

    Tami Friedrich Trakh, Board Member, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways

    Corona, CA

    Sister Kris, Brother-in-law Alan, Niece Brandie and Nephew Anthony were killed when a tanker truck overturned on the 10 freeway in Claremont, CA.

    Dawn King, Board Member, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways

    Davisburg, MI

    Dawn’s father, Bill Badger, was killed by a tired trucker who fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into his car.

    Ed Slattery

    Baltimore, MD

    Wife Susan and sons Peter and Matthew were hit by a truck driver who had fallen asleep behind the wheel. Susan was killed and Peter and Matthew were critically injured.

    Lawrence Liberatore, Board Member, Parents Against Tired Truckers

    Severn, MD

    Son Nick was killed by a fatigued truck driver who veered across 3 lanes of traffic and ran over his car.

    Roy Crawford

    Whitesburg, KY

    Son Guy was killed in a crash with a coal truck that was driving under the speed limit and lacked proper rear lights and reflectors.

    2020 14th Street N, Suite 710, Arlington, Virginia 22201 703-294-6404

    Marchelle and Frank Wood

    Falls Church, VA

    Daughter Dana and Dana’s friend were killed when a tired trucker driving on a suspended license slammed into their car.

    Crystal Renner


    Family members James Whitaker, Anthony Hixon and Amber Hixon were killed when a speeding truck crossed the centerline and crashed into their pickup.

    Melissa Gouge

    Washington, DC

    Cousin Amy Corbin was killed in an underride crash with a tractor trailer which was blocking both lanes of the roadway and did not have reflective tape.

    Jackie Novak

    Edneyville, NC

    Jackie’s son, Charles “Chuck” Novak, was one of five people who died when a speeding tractor-trailer crashed into a line of cars stopped due to an earlier crash. The truck did not slow down, or brake, and there were no skid marks on the road.

    Michelle Novak

    Franklinville, NY

    Michelle’s nephew, Charles “Chuck” Novak, was one of five people who died when a speeding tractor-trailer crashed into a line of cars stopped due to an earlier crash. The truck did not slow down, or brake, and there were no skid marks on the road.

    Kate Brown

    Gurnee, IL

    Son Graham was hit by a drunk, drugged and fatigued truck driver who fell asleep and swerved into the oncoming lane, hitting Graham’s car and sending it airborne into a field where it rolled over. Due to many life threatening injuries, Graham underwent 22 different surgeries, and is now permanently, partially disabled.

    Julie Branon Magnan

    South Burlington, VT

    Julie was severely injured and her husband David was killed in a truck crash when an eastbound semi trailer crossed the highway median into the westbound lane and collided with the Magnan’s car.

    Cindy Whitaker


    Husband James Whitaker, brother-in-law Anthony Hixon and niece Amber Hixon were killed when a speeding truck crossed the centerline and crashed into their pickup.

    CC: Anne Ferro, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    The Honorable Frank Lautenberg, Chairman, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

    The Honorable Roy Blunt, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

    The Honorable Tom Petri, Chairman, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

  • pissed of trucker

    how about all the Truckers killed because of stupid 4 wheelers ???????
    where’s out list?

  • J. Guillaume

    The Coalition is citing DEATH statistics, which may be accurate, versus ATA citing ACCIDENT statistics, which I’ve heard for years and from different studies. ATA needs to call the basteurds out on this.

  • David S. McQueen

    Anecdotal evidence doesn’t make the case. About 80% of fatalities involving a truck and a car were caused by the CAR. The people named as losing relatives due to trucks are the front (public relations) face of these corporations. Run the PATT and CRASH through the Secretary of State data base and see who actually OWNS and OPERATES these business entities.

  • martymarsh

    P.A.T.T., is part of this wonderful organization, it was started when some people got run over and killed up in Maine, if I remember right. That is all these people know, is that trucks kill. I tried to give them a little education and told them about the company I drove for at the time was making me drive tired. I ask them to give this nation wide union company a call to see what there problem was, the answer I got, oh we don’t do that.
    We just rub elbows with the elite of Washington so when we tell them something it does not have to be true but we can still get something done about it.
    These people do not listen to experience, they just check the crash dummy. They had a good idea when they started, but now there only job is to put you out of work.
    Also ATA is a joke, just a bunch of trucking company owners trying to get things their way, and neither side couldn’t care less about you.

  • Craig Vecellio

    Exactly. They are trying to change the subject, saying that trucks are dangerous because non truck drivers die when they cause accidents with trucks.

  • Craig Vecellio

    That’s what he’s trying to say. He’s not trying to make the case for the car driver, or validate the various coalitions. He’s pointing out the fact that these coalitions are run by people with a personal interest, not a public interest.

  • Craig Vecellio

    Read my response to David S. McQueen. You misunderstand that list. That’s not a list of people who were injured by truckers, It’s a list of the managing members of the organizations parading against trucks. That list is to point out that they are run by people with a personal grudge.

  • Carter David

    we dont need more Gov. control. an i dont beleave none of them have been on the road as i have for 40 yrs. but the pass reg, an laws for something they know nothing about!!!
    I could do alot better job then they are for 1/2 the money an 100% more common sence then they have!!

  • Rich Charles

    This issue can be easily solved,but somehow we get lumped into the Ricoh Act if we as Owner/operators/and independents push for a shutdown.They want us over a barrel so they can keep draining us of our earnings.We are regulated in everything we do,from driving hours,speeds,time we can work without a break,what streets or highways we can use,how long we can keep our truck idling to keep warm/cool.But yet,we can’t be like the million dollar babies in sports and walk out,or go on strike.They know what would happen if we do,and God forbid they don’t get their precious water,cigars,or special foods at the grocery stores.So yeah,We can but we can’t.Want them off your back,slow down to 50MPH on the roadways,all in the mind of safety.Then in the split speed limit states,we will be safer,not the 4 wheeler. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.