The Truck Driver Shortage and Your Safety

The lawyers at GoldenbergLaw respect that the trucking industry plays a crucial role in America’s economy.

Statistics from the American Trucking Association show the industry’s economic importance:

  • The trucking industry employs some 3 million U.S. drivers.
  • Roughly 70 percent of all freight moved in this country goes by truck.

As our economy continues recovering from “The Great Recession,” the trucking industry has grown busier while also weathering a driver shortage. In order to maintain the recent levels of growth within the trucking industry, it is suggested that around 40,000 drivers need to be added to the industry’s workforce.

In the meantime, those of us sharing the roads with truckers must acknowledge that these drivers work long, tireless shifts — a fact that’s exacerbated by the recent driver shortage.

The June 2014 accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed comedian Jimmy Mack is a sad example of the consequences these long shifts can have. Attorneys for the Walmart truck driver responsible for the accident have argued that their client suffered from severe fatigue after being awake and driving for more than 24 hours.

To safeguard yourself from an accident with a truck, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

Safety Tip No. 1: Remember, large trucks have the largest blind spots.

Safety Tip No. 2: Be aware of driving near truck tires as blowouts are common.

Safety Tip No. 3: Give truckers plenty of space, especially in heavy wind or inclement weather conditions.

If you are involved in a Minneapolis/St. Paul-area crash that involves a truck, the accident lawyers at GoldenbergLaw can help. Contact us today for your free case consultation.

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