Driving commercial trucks was once a secure blue-collar job, sought after for its high pay and ample benefits. However, with the increased deregulation of the trucking industry, truck drivers are earning lower salaries and reaping minimum benefits.
For many, truck driving can be an exhausting and stressful job. Long-distance driving in some of the most oppressive conditions can lead to a slew of difficulties. In turn, the trucking industry is experiencing a massive amount of job turnover.
Turnover Rates Surge in Recent Years
Trucker turnover rates continue to rise, and the statistics are staggering. According to American Trucking Associations, the turnover rate recently jumped to 90 percent- surpassing the final quarter of 2015.
There are many factors contributing to the increased turnover rates in the trucking industry. According to USA Drivers, truck driving comes with potential health risks - including but not limited to depression and mood disorders, sleep deprivation, and heart disease.
An All Trucking FAQ points out that, new drivers are paid considerably less than experienced drivers. Due to their limited experience, new drivers are also considered a liability to many trucking companies. Their lack of experience operating a commercial vehicle, could potentially put themselves and others at risk.
Truck Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that large trucks, which only make up 4 percent of vehicles on the road, account for 11 percent of fatal crashes in the U.S. The majority of those killed in large truck accidents were operating passenger cars. Additionally, bicyclists, pedestrians, road workers, and highway police officers have lost their lives in truck accidents.
There are safeguards and actions that can be taken to make conditions safer for truck drivers and others who share the roadways. One of those needs to be an emphasis on training and experience within the trucking industry itself. Unfortunately, with such astronomical turnover rates, far too many of the truck drivers on the road today lack the experience to safely operate their vehicles.
What Can Be Done to Increase Safety?
Trucking companies are responsible for improving safety for their drivers as well as passenger-vehicle drivers, pedestrians, and road workers. That's why it is important for new drivers to receive in-depth training in order to ensure their safety and the safety of others. Additionally, trucking companies should offer improved technological resources and health benefits to help retain experienced drivers and further improve road safety.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, it is important to take appropriate action immediately. Always make sure the accident scene is secure to prevent further damage. Always make sure to take photos and talk to witnesses. Injury victims have the right to be compensated for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, property damage, and other financial losses. Consult with an experienced Ohio truck accident attorney. We'll fight for your compensation.