How the Trucking Industry Puts the Lives of You and Your Loved Ones in Jeopardy
When you travel alongside a big rig on I-184 or I-84, you want to feel safe and secure. You want to feel confident the truck driver has had enough sleep in order to drive properly and make the right decisions.
Unfortunately, you probably don’t feel that way, and you’re smart not to. The fact of the matter is that the trucking industry wants to make money, just like everyone else. The problem is, the way it makes a majority of its profits is by over-working its employees.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (a division within the U.S. Department of Transportation) has established reasonably strict rules to make sure truck drivers get rest between road trips. However, enforcement of some of these rules has been suspended by Congress as part of the budget compromise bill passed in December, 2014. Some politicians in Congress believed that forcing trucking companies to give drivers mandatory sleep periods was stifling business; they assured the American public that the trucking companies could be trusted to regulate themselves.
Why You’re Still Unsafe
Of course, it’s too early to say whether the change in the rules will mean a surge in grave accidents caused by sleepy truckers. We can, however, predict that the existing truck accident rates won’t get better. Here, we take a look at why:
- The trucking industry can’t be trusted to police itself. Even today we see how unscrupulous trucking companies pressure drivers to disobey speed laws, fake logbooks, and work at other tasks—such as vehicle maintenance and fueling—during the hours they are supposed to be sleeping. The trucking industry is too focused on profits to do what’s right reliably.
- Truck drivers are already forced to work too hard. Many truck drivers work 12-, 16-, and even 18-hour days. These long hours make more money for the trucking companies, and those companies won’t cut their drivers’ work hours, even though it puts them and those on the road at risk.
When You’re the Victim
If you’re the victim of a trucking accident, you likely have questions about your situation, your future, and what you can do. The Morton Law Offices want to help you find those answers. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you.
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