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About the AAJ's attack against the trucking, insurance industries



Having linked yesterday to the news release from the American Association for Justice attacking the trucking industry's safety record, we now offer the views of the American Trucking Associations from a news release, "American Association for Justice Study Ignores Truck Safety Facts":

Despite allegations by the AAJ of poor safety and compliance in the trucking industry, the truck-involved fatality rate is now at its lowest since the U.S. Department of Transportation began keeping those statistics in 1975.

Results from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Roadcheck 2009, the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world, show nationwide improvements and the highest compliance rates ever for the NAS Level I inspections--the most comprehensive roadside inspection.

Regarding AAJ's mention of the July 2009 Government Accountability Office study, except for two references, the report is focused exclusively on bus companies.

Etc. See also The Des Moines Register story, "Lawyers association rakes truck safety record." (What a refreshing choice of verbs, "to rake.")

The AAJ's accusations against trucking also serve as a way to damage the reputation of the insurance industry, one of the trial lawyers' consistent targets.

Elsewhere, we recall the words of Sen. Edward Kennedy from his powerful 1980 Democratic National Convention speech:

The task of leadership in 1980 is not to parade scapegoats or to seek refuge in reaction, but to match our power to the possibilities of progress. While others talked of free enterprise, it was the Democratic Party that acted and we ended excessive regulation in the airline and trucking industry, and we restored competition to the marketplace. And I take some satisfaction that this deregulation legislation that I sponsored and passed in the Congress of the United States.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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