Two weeks ago, Metier Law Firm, LLC, announced that Tom Metier joined the board of regents for the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA). He also joined the advisory board for the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA). This will allow Tom Metier to have a hands-on role in advocating for improved safety in the interstate trucking industry.
According to statistics gathered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 4,000 people die in truck accidents every year. Another 100,000 people suffer injuries in these accidents.
Not all trucking companies or trucks are dangerous, but bad apples can spoil the bunch. Commercial truckers may exceed hours-of-service limits or use drugs or alcohol while driving. Truckers may speed, drive while fatigued or perform dangerous maneuvers. Commercial carriers may fail to properly maintain their vehicles, or hire truckers with unsafe driving records. Keep in mind, these are only a couple examples of why truck accidents happen. There are many more reasons.
What Does the ATAA Do?
Only the best truck accident attorneys become board members of the ATAA. Membership is granted to attorneys who have extensive real-world experience handling truck accident cases. Attorneys must prove they are the best of the best.
Board members of the ATAA are educators tasked with teaching other attorneys how to handle truck accident cases. As a member, Tom Metier may speak at educational programs across the US.
What Does the APITLA Do?
The APITLA’s mission is to end illegal and unsafe trucking practices. Members of the APITLA are truck accident attorneys that have achieved national recognition. Attorneys in the APITLA dedicate themselves to reducing the injuries and deaths caused by negligent truck drivers and trucking companies. The national advisory board consists of attorneys who provide guidance and counsel for truck accident litigation. Only 100 attorneys in the country are selected to be on the national advisory board.
Tom Metier’s membership in both organizations shows he is dedicated to ending these accidents, and to helping people and families harmed by negligent trucking companies.