The White House has honored an activist trying to deduce the number of commercial truck wrecks in the US.
Daphne Izer’s son was killed in a trucking accident 20 years ago. It was determined that the fault for the crash was the truck driver who was so over tired that he fell asleep at the wheel.
She founded Parents Against Tired Truckers to advocate for tighter laws concerning interstate trucking and for harsher penalties for those drivers caught exceeding the maximum hours of service.
Her tireless campaigning has helped encourage government agencies to adopt stricter guidelines, including the FMCSA’s recent proposal to make Electronic Logging Devices mandatory for all truckers operating in the US.
This week, Daphne was honored as 2014 Champion of Change by both the White House and the US Department of Transportation.
As a Texas truck wreck injury lawyer, I would also like to offer my thanks for Daphne’s work, and to thank her for all her hard work.
With increase oversight, the trucking industry is getting safer, but there is still a long way to go.
There are more heavy trucks on our roads now than ever before. And whenever an 18-wheeler is involved in a collision with a smaller passenger vehicle, you can bet the injuries suffered will be catastrophic.
Driver fatigue remains a huge cause of such wrecks.
Let’s hope Daphne and other like her continue fighting to make our roads a safer place for all of us.