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The National Truck Driver Shortage and How it Could Impact Accident Rates

Our nation is currently experiencing a shortage in the number of truck drivers.  Specifically, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) is reporting that there will be a shortage of over 50,000 truckers in the country by the end of the year.  This shortage will exceed what was initially predicted two years ago.

Truck drivers perform a vital function in our society.  They transport important items from state to state.  Without a sufficient number of truck drivers, deliveries could be severely affected.  Furthermore, the truck driver shortage could impact rates of truck accidents.  The trucking industry is desperate to employ new drivers.  The Federal government is even considering reducing the minimum age for truck drivers so that 18 year olds would be allowed to drive commercial trucks cross country.  In its rush to employ more drivers, the trucking industry may hire drivers with less experience and qualifications than it otherwise would.  Our Miami truck accident lawyers handled many claims against trucking companies when poor quality drivers were determined to be at fault in a serious accident.

Even further, the trucking industry may be less likely to fire drivers for infractions that ordinarily would have resulted in loss of employment because they so urgently need to hold onto drivers.  The following is a more in-depth look as to how the truck driver shortage may negatively impact accident rates:

  1. Driver inexperience and lack of training: The high turnover rate in the trucking industry means that many experienced drivers will be replaced by first time drivers or drivers with minimal experience.  This inexperience when combined with poor training puts drivers at greater risk of causing accidents.
  2. Lower hiring standards: Most trucking companies have hiring standards that exceed the federal minimum standard requirement for obtaining a commercial driver’s license.  However, during a truck driver shortage, companies may be tempted to lower their hiring standards so as to attract more employees.  This could lead to an increased number of unqualified drivers on the roadways.
  3. Longer hours: Trucking companies that find themselves unable to add the number of truck drivers necessary to meet their transport needs may instead require drivers to work longer hours in order to accomplish what is necessary.  At times, drivers may even exceed the hours of service regulations in order to make up for the absence of other drivers.  Pressuring drivers to work longer hours can lead to driver fatigue, which is one of the leading causes of truck accidents.

If you have been injured in a car accident, consult with a truck accident attorney as soon as possible.  Your truck accident attorney will explore whether the truck driver involved in the accident acted in a negligent manner, which could include investigating potential truck driver fatigue, lack of training, driver inexperience, and much more.  You could be eligible to obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in South Florida, contact the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano.  We have over 130 collective years of experience representing truck accident victims across the state.  From the moment you contact our firm, we will fight to see that your case receives the dedication and attention it deserves.  We are honored to have received a coveted AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and the Miami Herald’s ranking as a top firm in South Florida.   Put our exceptional truck accident lawyers to work on your case.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

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http://www.whio.com/news/news/local/national-truck-driver-shortage-being-felt-in-regio/nn2H2/

 

 

 

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