Assessment of The Unsafe Side of The Trucking Industry

It may come as a surprise to learn that there are over 9 million trucks traveling on a daily basis in our country every year. But what may come as even more of a shock, most of these trucks that are traveling daily are in major violation of the Federal Safety Standards. The violations that occur most with the truckers are overfilling trucks, allowing drivers who are not qualified and/or inexperienced to drive a truck, refusing to make necessary checks on the maintenance of tires and brakes, as well as salary systems that persuade drivers to not heed speed limits as well as maximum hours of driving permitted. Statistics prove that out 1 out of every 4,000 individuals die every year due to truck violations causing collisions. Truck accidents are a direct consequence of trucking companies and their endeavors to cut corners and maximize their earnings. Many inspections have been made through the Commercial Safety Alliance (CVSA). CVSA has also given many warnings to the trucking companies pressuring them to make the trucks line up with safety regulations. Sadly, even with warnings of uncovering their violations publicly, 22% of the trucks failed their inspections and were not allowed to be in service any longer. Trucks are one of the many fundamental needs in the U.S. economy. There are nearly 9 million trucks that pass through all over U.S. territory carrying a record amount of 70% of all goods transported all over America. Due to earnings being low in the trucking companies already, the truckers must be as economical as possible. Overall, trucks are a dangerous means of transportation in itself so the fact still remains that safety issues must be addressed and met by all trucks traveling.

-Source: FMCSA, NTSB, GAO, CVSA, and ATA

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