An article published in the Washington Post in May 2018 captured how there’s a growing shortage of truck drivers in the United States. It highlighted how the American Trucking Association (ATA) forecasted a need for 51,000 in the next few years. The story’s authors highlighted how these recruiting problems not increased delivery timelines and prices but also hinted at how this trucker deficit may lead to decreased safety out on the road.
The article’s authors highlighted how the industry found itself at a crossroads. They noted that many well-experienced truckers were retiring from their trucking careers when many companies were experiencing an increased demand for them.
Logistics companies asked their existing truckers to pick up the slack working longer hours and taking on more loads to meet industry demands.
The authors highlighted how logistics companies were finding it hard to recruit new truckers as well. They highlighted how many of these companies found themselves with no other choice but to replace more seasoned tractor-trailer operators with less experienced ones.
They highlighted how it only takes a mere few weeks for new tractor-trailer operators to complete a commercial driver’s license (CDL) training. Many safety analysts argue that’s too little time for truckers to learn how to safely operate a truck that’s several times the size of a passenger vehicle.
While many trucking companies said they preferred not to hire truckers until after six months after receiving their CDL, many found themselves with no other choice but to hire newly licensed truckers to meet the demands they faced.
Many dangers come with sharing the road with truckers and, more specifically, overworked, underpaid, exhausted and inexperienced ones. Motorists need to be fresh and astute to avoid getting behind the wheel; otherwise, an accident may occur.
You against the trucking industry is not a fair contest. You may find it beneficial to consult with a truck accidents attorney if you suffered injuries in a crash. Your Baton Rouge lawyer can advise you how the law allows you to recover damages from negligent motorists in cases like yours.