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Kudos to Michael St. John and Jody Cicero

This post is an echo of a post I made at: http://voices.injuryboard.com/tractor-trailer-accidents/kudos-to-michael-st-john-and-jody-cicero.aspx?googleid=267372

Excuse me while I pick myself up off the floor. I just read a story about a truck crash at: http://www.freep.com/article/20090716/NEWS05/907160605/1007/news/Truckers-averted-worse-toll-on-I-75–cops-say

that actually had NICE things to say about the truck drivers involved. It seems a novice car driver took a turn too fast, and crashed into a tanker load of fuel. The actions of tanker driver and driver of another involved semi turned what could have been a major crash with multiple fatalities into one where all the involved drivers walked away. (One was treated and released for bruises).

A while back, I put up a post regarding the DOT’s statistics that show around 80% of the car vs. truck crashes are the fault of the car driver, and this is a prime example. It’s a nice change to see the media report give the truck drivers credit for their quick thinking and professionalism in keeping a bad situation from turning worse.

Good Job Michael and Jody!

Good News

This post is an echo of a post I made to: http://voices.injuryboard.com/tractor-trailer-accidents/good-news.aspx?googleid=267328

While the economy might be in the doldrums, the good news is highway safety is improving. A story at: http://www.jordannews.com/news/national-politics/minnesota-trucking-related-fatalities-drop-nearly-18-107 relates that truck related fatalities dropped nearly 18% in Minnesota for 2008.

Another story at: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20090712/GPG03/907120644/1247 tells that truck related fatalities dropped 12% in Wisconsin during the same period. It also tells us that safety is a priority for the trucking industry.

Yup. Sure is — at least for most companies. The problem is those few companies who don’t realize their bottom line depends on safety, or (incorrectly) believe that being safe will “cost more money than it’s worth” or have other negative impacts on their business.

Get a clue guys. If you think improving safety won’t improve your bottom line, then you’re conducting business with your head in the sand. Not only that, but you may end up with plenty of time to contemplate this courtesy of either State or Federal authorities. A story here: http://www.wfsb.com/news/19843596/detail.html tells of the six year prison sentence handed to a trucking company owner for a truck with defective brakes. A brake job on a truck is only a few hundred bucks — and I’ll bet his legal fees were considerably higher than that. Hmm….I guess saving the price of the brake job wasn’t such a good deal after all.