As industry in the United States recovers from the nation’s economic collapse in 2008, since 2009 a steadily increasing number of trucks have been hitting the roads. This is great news for America’s economy, but not so good news for the drivers of Nevada and the rest of the country. Approximately half a million semi-trucks are now involved in accidents in the United States each year, with 5000 of the unfortunate victims involved ultimately succumbing to their injuries.
Why You Should Be Wary of Trucks
Every day we are entrusting truck drivers to be in full control of a speeding missile weighing in at well over 10,000 pounds, but these drivers and their trucks may not always be in the best “road ready” shape.
Truckers are pressured to adhere to strict schedules and, in order to stick to those schedules, often forgo taking the time for some much needed rest.
Drivers may push the speed limit in order to make it to a pick up or delivery on time. Many truckers have admitted that they have sped because they may have encountered a set-back earlier in the day which took up valuable driving hours and threw them off schedule.
- Distracted Driving
Drivers who spend long, arduous hours out on the road often become bored and attempt to escape this boredom by using their smartphones, adjusting the radio, searching for songs on MP3 players, and so on.
- Poorly Maintained Trucks
Bald tires, worn out breaks and malfunctioning engines are common causes of avoidable big rig-related car accidents.
Steps Made in the Right Direction
One year ago the United States introduced a new Hours-of-Service regulation which would limit the amount of time truck drivers spend on the road.
As well, on May 13 of this year, both the U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House took the time to honor Daphne Izer as being a Transportation Champion of Change. Thanks to her tireless efforts, she has improved highway safety by ensuring drivers adhere to these new Hours-of-Service regulations through the uniform use of Electronic Logging Devices.
While regulations and devices such as these are promising steps in a new and safer direction for all drivers, truck-related injuries still continue to occur approximately once every 16 minutes in the United States.