Truck Driver Shortage

A basic tenet of economic theory states that if the availability of skilled workers is lacking, the value of personnel in particular profession should be higher. That’s why select entertainers and athletes make so much more for working much shorter periods of time than those in important public sector jobs, like police and firemen. In the latter case, their work is vitally important, but the skill level isn’t quite as stringent.

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Are Trucking Companies Taking Unnecessary Risks?

With their large sizes and heavy loads, truck accidents tend to be much more dangerous than the typical car crash. With this in mind, one would assume that trucking companies and their drivers would lean more toward safe and healthy driving habits in order to reduce the risk of a crash. Unfortunately, this is not the case. While there are a variety of causes for trucking crashes like bad weather, poor roads, or equipment error, the most common by far is driver error. In fact, driver error is ten times more likely to be the cause of a trucking accident than any other reason. Why is this the case?

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Dangers of an Overloaded Truck

Trucking is one of the most important jobs in the United States. The loads that trucks carry are vital for the American economy. Most of the things we buy from our stores are brought in by trucks. Because of this, there is always a constant demand for materials to be delivered not only on time, but in large quantities. Add in the fact that truck drivers are normally paid by how heavy their load is, it’s easy to understand why many would be convinced that the more their truck can manage to carry, the better off they will be.

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Electronic Truck Driving Logs

Any lawyer involved in trucking litigation practice will know first hand that paper logs used by truckers to record their hours of service are easily fabricated. In some cases, a comic book might have been more realistic. As technology progresses, electronic devices are being increasingly fitted on trucks. Computers that automatically track the hours worked by each driver have been around for decades, but they are going to become mandatory over the next couple of years.

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