It’s no secret that tractor trailers add considerable danger to our roadways, but not many people understand exactly why this danger seems to be exponentially increasing as the years pass.
In America, we rely upon big rig trucks to deliver gasoline, clothes, food, construction materials, and countless other items that have become integral to our country’s society. Without tractor trailers making their weekly routes, the entire foundation of American consumerism, food security, and trade would be completely overturned.
But the ability to walk into any grocery store in America and buy foreign fruit and organic milk comes at a steep price. Truck drivers are placed under immense pressure to drive as far as they can, as fast as they can, in order to deliver the most product possible. Doing so increases profits for trucking companies, so too many of these companies have begun focusing only on the bottom line instead of the deadly consequences of overworked or unqualified truckers and overfilled trucks. This leads to an increase in Tampa truck accident attorney cases that have rocketed in recent years.
The truth is, trucking companies are now lobbying and placing immense pressure on Congress to loosen or repeal a number of the safety measures put in place to keep truck drivers and all other drivers on the road safe. They are suggesting that truckers be allowed to haul loads heavier than 80,000 pounds on longer double trailers, which would exceed the federal limit and place each truck driver in charge of pulling the equivalent of an eight-story building. Trucking companies are also lobbying for truck drivers to be given more freedom with their rest breaks in order to work as many as 82 hours a week instead of the current limit of 70 hours. There have even been suggestions of preventing insurance companies from imposing strict requirements and hiring low-paid drivers as young as 18 years old.
All of these “ideas” are spelling out disaster for the trucking industry, as young, inexperienced, and/or exhausted drivers cannot safely reach their destinations time and time again. This is proven in the frightening story of Illinois State Trooper Douglas Balder, whose squad car was rammed by a truck driver who had dozed off at the wheel. Balder caught fire and would have been burned alive if he didn’t regain consciousness in just enough time to escape through his window and roll around in the snow.
This is why Lakeland personal injury attorneys place so much focus on seeking compensation for victims of truck drivers: there are many organizations and entities responsible for truck crashes aside from the drivers themselves!No Comments on Trucking is Becoming More and More Dangerous