Trucking Accidents Can Be Reduced By Getting Back To Basics
Every year, trucking accidents are the root of some of the most horrific accidents ever seen on our nations highways.
- (1888PressRelease) October 14, 2010 - Putting the brakes on trucking accidents is a never-ending struggle that fights between delivering goods and services across America and the safety of all the drivers on the road. Like other accidents, trucking accidents are particularly disconcerting because of the shear size and power of the big rigs that are screaming down the road to drop off their load and pick up another to keep money coming in for the drivers.
Fortunately the light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming truck, but the Department of Transportation (DOT) working with drivers and trucking companies to understand the causes of trucking accidents and working hard to develop and enforce strict laws that will help curb future trucking accidents. The DOT is really clamping down on truckers and trucking companies on all aspects of the trucking industry. Truck inspections depots are extending their hours, so that they can better protect the truckers and drivers on the roads by inspecting the truckers log books and making sure that all safety controls are in compliance with the state and local laws.
There are so many factors that contribute to the potential increase in trucking accidents that there needs to be better communication, understanding and enforcement of all the rules of the road, but specifically rules that apply to truckers. This initiative has been ongoing and requires the cooperation of the truckers, trucking companies, as well as state and local officials to be sure that all rules and regulations are understood and enforced.
Interestingly enough, one of the factors that contribute to the increase in trucking accidents is the economy. The reason being is that with a slow economy the number of deliveries are fewer, truckers are being paid less, so they speed to take multiple loads in the time frame that would normally take to do one trip. In addition truckers are taking heavier loads that pay more, but they may not have the pilot or escort cars that maybe be required for that load. The onus is not just on the truckers. Because of the poor economy some trucking companies are turning a blind eye to practices like this since their business has shrunk, which means they have to maximize their profit margins with there existing accounts.
Progress is on the horizon with the cooperation of the DOT, truckers and trucking companies to understand the causes of trucking accidents. All parties involved are working diligently to providing better training, safety and accountability in and effort to drastically reduce the number of trucking accidents on America's highways.
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