Trucker Shortage Danger to Spokane Motorists
The growing economy and higher demand for consumer goods means there are more products to haul. However, the trucking industry in the US is short over 50,000 long-distance drivers, according to a recent article published in the Spokane Journal.
The trucker shortage is not only a serious problem for the trucking industry as it strives to meet economic demands; it's also a serious safety concern for others who share the road with big rigs.
Fewer drivers mean longer hours for all truckers
With more goods to deliver and little time, trucking companies must ask more from their drivers. This means more time spent on the road, which could result in tired truckers. Additionally, trucking companies may hire drivers with little experience or poor driving records in order to meet their demand. The trucking industry has also experienced a high turnover rate, prompting them to hire an influx of teenage drivers.
A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds – that’s about 20 times the size of an average passenger car. When an accident occurs, passenger vehicle drivers can suffer severe, even life-threatening injuries. That's why anyone operating a big rig should be well-trained and experienced. Additionally, when trucking companies cut corners by skipping background and reference checks, or hire drivers with questionable driving histories, their drivers potentially threaten public safety.
That's why it is expected that trucking companies give their drivers extensive training to mitigate the likelihood of a truck accident occurring.
Holding negligent trucking companies and drivers accountable
Trucking companies and their drivers are obliged to uphold a duty of care. When they fail to do so, they should be held accountable - but doing so isn't easy. Truck accidents can be complex. They often involve multiple parties and separate insurance companies for the truck cab, trailer, and cargo. Moreover, trucking companies are very quick to launch an investigation using their own team of adjusters and attorneys.
As an attorney who represents truck accident victims, I’ve seen just how devastating crashes involving big rigs can be. A single crash can result in millions of dollars in damages and forever change the lives of those affected. That's why if you or a loved one was injured in a crash with a big rig, you shouldn't hesitate to consult with an experienced truck accident attorney who can gather crucial facts and help you build a solid claim.