Roundtable Attorney and Founder Joe Fried is new chair of the American Association for Justice Truck Accident Litigation Group
Joe aims to push for “forward looking avoidance technology” in all commercial trucks, as he did by requiring it in his recent $80 million global truck accident settlement
We would like to congratulate Joe Fried as the incoming President of the American Association for Justice Truck Accident Litigation Group. This means Joe is now the chair of a group of national litigation group made up of truck accident attorneys. Joe will help advocate for and implement new trucking safety measures and best practices for lawyers litigating commercial vehicle cases across the nation.
In his new role, Joe aims to aims to push for forward looking avoidance technology in all commercial trucks, something he required in his recent $80 million trucking settlement near Savannah, Georgia in April 2015. In the tragic case handled with co-counsel, a truck driver slammed in to a line of cars that had stopped for an earlier crash. There were seven nursing students in two of the cars; five were killed and two were seriously injured. The truck driver never hit his brakes before impact — but he also denied falling asleep or driving distracted before the horrific wreck.
Before agreeing to the settlement, Joe secured commitments from the trucking companies involved that they would make changes to prevent future crashes. Some of these changes were internal operating procedures to prevent unqualified drivers from slipping though the screening process. The other is a commitment by the trucking companies to implement the latest “forward looking collision avoidance technology” on all their new trucks.
This technology is a safety game changer for preventing wrecks. The system constantly scans the road ahead for obstacles. If an obstacle is there and the driver fails to apply brakes appropriately, the system will automatically apply the brakes and slow the truck down – all the way to a halt if necessary. The system works regardless of whether the driver is tired, distracted or the best driver on the road.
Joe says there’s nothing out there that will have a more immediate or profound impact on highway safety than the implementation of this technology in the trucking industry.
Truck Roundtable Co-Founders Steve Gursten and Michael Leizerman are past Chairs of the AAJ Truck Litigation Group.
The AAJ states that trucking litigation is a top safety priority:
“The civil justice system is vital in holding negligent trucking companies accountable, and provides compensation to those killed or injured by unsafe trucks. However, archaic insurance rules undermine the economic incentives to safety provided by the courts. The insurance market itself is unable to function properly – offering lower premiums to safe companies and higher premiums to companies with dangerous histories – because outdated minimum insurance levels keep premiums artificially low for even the most dangerous companies.”
It is the nation’s largest association of advocates serving the needs of personal injury victims, with more than 50,000 lawyer members.