By John Cooper, Virginia Trucking Accident Lawyer
In many parts of the country truckers are an endangered species and the problem is likely to get worse due to economic trends.
A recent article in Fleetowner reported on how economic trends were set to mean “significantly more opportunities are in store for the trucking and broader transportation industries.”
However, there are a number of difficulties and challenges– not least the shortage of truckers. My colleague Bill O’Mara recently recorded a video about this.
USA News reported on how the trucking industry carried nearly 10 billion tons of freight in 2014 – more than two-thirds of all goods transported within the United States, according to American Trucking Associations, a national trade group. And the volume of freight being carried around the country is expected to expand almost 30 percent more by 2026. “Though truck drivers’ jobs can be far from glamorous, they play a fundamental role in getting America’s goods where they needs to go,” the article pointed out.
But a 15 percent increase in truck freight since the recession of 2007 has not led to many more drivers being recruited.
“America’s trucking fleets are being forced to move more product with less manpower. And as the industry faces problems ranging from recruitment to static pay rates, some are eyeing better technology as at least a partial fix,” the article stated.
The shortage of truckers raises concerns about the caliber of truck drivers on the road. We have seen plenty of examples of trucking companies hiring drivers with poor driving records, drug or alcohol charges in their past records or other conditions such as sleep apnea. These kinds of issues are very serious because they can endanger the lives of other drivers.
If you have been injured in a trucking wreck or if you have lost a loved one, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com.