Trucking Accidents and an Industry in Crisis

Bradley Law-- New Mexico Truck Accident Attorney

Trucking Accidents and an Industry in Crisis

The trucking industry is in a crisis and truck accidents could be on the rise.  There are between 40,000 and 30,000 open positions for drivers, in an industry that usually has about 800,000.  To make matters worse, the trucking industry is riddled with turnovers; in fact, turnover is so bad, that approximately for every one person they hire, they will lose an experienced trucker.  And, to make matters worse, the pay for new truckers is low, and not enough to encourage more drivers.

What is the trucking industry to do?  Well, the short answer is lobby the government.  The current age for a commercial driver’s license is 18.  However, in order to transport commercial cargo across state lines, the driver must be at least 21.  The trucking industry offers a dangerous proposition to overcome its shortcomings, that is, let 18 year olds drive these huge, dangerous trucks filled with heavy cargo.  Not the best solution in the eyes of public safety.  Between the ages of 18 and 21, drivers are notorious for many citations and horrible driving practices.  In fact, young males (males encompass most of the industry) are statistically more dangerous drivers.

What does this crisis mean to the safety of the traveling public? Well, again, this equates to the classic scenario: profits over safety.  Not only is it important for the public to be aware of the trucks on the road, but we must keep up with the trucking industry.  We must be proactive to ensure that the industry operates at optimum safety—for the interest of the public.

If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident involving a large truck, it is important you find a law firm that knows how to handle your case.  Call Bradley Law today.