There is expected to be a shortage of about 50,000 truck drivers across the United Stated by the end of this year, according to a new report by the American Trucking Associations (ATA). This shortage is up significantly from 30,000 drivers in 2013 and 20,000 drivers back in the early 2000’s. Businesses and industries across the country rely on truck drivers to transport goods and essential items nationwide. This is why trucking companies and businesses everywhere are scrambling to secure more drivers in order to prevent the slowdown of transport.
Our truck accident lawyers believe that truck drivers play an important role in our society and we cannot do without them. However, we are concerned that efforts to rapidly build up the trucking force could lead to safety hazards.
Businesses Are Willing to Pay More, But Are They Still Screening Appropriately?
Truck driver compensation is going up in an effort to secure and retain more drivers. The median wage of a truck driver that works for a private fleet is now $73,000, up significantly from prior years. However, even with this large salary, trucking companies are turning up dry in their search for labor. Trucking companies are finding it challenging to find drivers in this workforce where so many are focused on achieving a work-life balance and obtaining strong benefits, Couple this with an aging workforce and a younger generation with little interest in this field, and you find yourselves with the current truck driver shortage.
While it is understandable that trucking companies are going to greater lengths to obtain qualified drivers, this search for workers does present some potential safety issues. In their desperation for drivers, it is conceivable that trucking companies may hire drivers who would not ordinarily pass their screening tests. These drivers may have negative reports on their driving record, a lack of experience, and potentially failed drug or alcohol tests.
Even further, some trucking companies are look to hire very young drivers who previously were not even allowed to operate a commercial vehicle. These drivers will have had quite limited experience driving whatsoever, let alone operating a commercial truck. Younger drivers are statistically more prone to speeding, driving while intoxicated, and engaging in other dangerous driving behaviors. It is possible that young truck drivers may similarly act in a negligent manner.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, consult with a licensed truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer will review the accident and uncover any evidence of potential negligence, which could include negligent hiring or failure to provide proper training.
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