Lawsuits Make the Road Safer

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February 12, 2015
Colson Hicks Eidson

Injury Attorney Deborah Gander Explains How

The trucking industry will not police itself. The only way major changes happen is when people stand up and point out that certain practices increase the chances of serious truck accidentsDeborah Gander explains in his video how one case she handled led to permanent changes in trucking companies.

Video Transcription

One of the great things of the cases that I’ve had was a horrible heavy trucking incident where a truck was stopped in the middle of a moving lane of traffic at 2:00 in the morning. He didn’t put out cones, he didn’t put out lights, he didn’t put out reflectors. My expert in that case, one of his criticisms was reflective tape costs $3 a role at a hardware store, and that the truck should be boxed, so that the back of the truck… they put tape on the entire box, and when someone lights hit it, they realize what they’re looking at.

Since that death of my client, I have been on the road, and I have seen trucks with the taping that he was recommending 15 years ago. I have seen that particular defendant’s trucks on the road, with their backs taped with the reflective taping the exact way my expert said they should be doing it.

The work that I do absolutely makes the roadways a safer place for me, for my children, for my clients, for the rest of the community. When defendants learn from their mistakes, people are safer.