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Truck Accident Victims Unite for Change

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Sometimes the only solace after a loved one has been killed due to corporate negligence and greed, is to join with other grieving families to lobby for change. That is just what the families of children killed by truck driver negligence did, in forming Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.), and Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH). Together, they call themselves the Truck Safety Coalition, and are dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries due to truck-related crashes, educating the public, changing policy, and helping families of victims of truck crashes. Daphne Izer, of Lisbon, Maine, founded P.A.T.T. in 1993, after her son and three friends were killed when a WalMart truck driver fell asleep at his big rig, while his truck crushed the car in which the victims were driving. The Texas Injury Law Blog reports that up to 15% of truck-related fatalities are caused by tired truck drivers. Until Congress forbids the trucking industry from putting profits over people, the carnage will continue.