TCA Applauds the Introduction of the Highway Accident Fairness Act of 2021

12/11/2021

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia:

As you know, our industry has long been the center of fraudulent insurance claims as a result of staged accidents, an issue that continues to permeate throughout the truckload environment. In an effort to defend our industry from these deceitful practices, we are thrilled to report that a bipartisan effort has been introduced in Congress that would support our industry in fighting these deceptive and false methods.

Earlier this week, Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) and Garret Graves (R-LA-6) introduced the Highway Accident Fairness Act of 2021 (H.R. 6151) to help curb the growing issue of lawsuit abuse.

More specifically, the Highway Accident Fairness Act of 2021 will:

  • Assure fair and prompt recoveries for highway accident victims with legitimate claims;
  • Provide for Federal court consideration of interstate cases of national importance under diversity jurisdiction;
  • Maintain stability in the movement of interstate commerce and protect the public from the safety hazard of staged collisions;
  • Protect motor carriers and insurers from the financial burdens of defending against, settling or being found liable for fraudulent claims that result from staged collisions; and
  • Protect law enforcement agencies from expending resources dealing with the aftermath of staged collisions.

TCA applauds the introduction of the Highway Accident Fairness Act and we thank Reps. Cuellar and Graves for their work to ensure the safety of all who use our nation’s highway system. This bill, which protects trucking companies from the financial burdens of defending or settling fraudulent insurance claims resulting from staged collisions, will have a significant and positive impact on our members’ ability to operate without the fear of facing fraudulent claims and skyrocketing insurance rates.

As this important piece of legislation moves through Congress, we encourage every TCA member to vocalize their support of the effort to battle these unnecessary lawsuits. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or TCA staff for further information and we will keep you abreast of any additional information when it arises.

Thank you,

David Heller
Vice President, Government Affairs