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During the past decade, several efforts have been made to try to reduce the number of major trucking accidents involving commercial trucks which are used to ship goods. The effort has been headed by both the government and truck companies. The government's contribution has been to develop several laws which are intended to make the process of trucking safer and to reduce accidents. Meanwhile, the trucking companies themselves have done their part by increasing safety procedures and making sure that each and every one of their drivers receive the most efficient and effective training available.
One of the major problems facing the trucking industry is the sheer number of these commercial trucks that are on the road. There is an incredibly higher number of trucks on the road now then there were even a decade ago. Trucking companies estimate that there are now about two million more trucks on the road, and this obviously increases the likelihood that accidents will happen. The one thing that all of these trucks have in common is that they are using the roads to deliver goods.
As long as trucks are available to ship goods from one state to another, and sometimes from one country to another, they will be a highly desired commodity. Truck drivers who are carrying commercial goods often find themselves rushing to meet a particular deadline. Just like people who work in an office, they find themselves trying to work faster if a deadline is quickly approaching. Unfortunately for them and for the other cars on the road, a truck driver can only work faster by driving faster. This rushing to meet a deadline often results in accidents which can cause severe physical damage to truck drivers and those with whom they share the road. Some of the injuries which result from trucking accidents affect the back, neck, and spinal cord. Occasionally, even death may occur if a truck is mishandled.
Rushing to meet a deadline is not the only cause of major and minor trucking accidents involving commercial trucks. Many trucks are filled to the brim with large, heavy cargo. If a driver loses control of his truck, it is very possible that the cargo which he is carrying will endanger others. In addition, it is rather common for truck drivers to work very long hours. They are notorious for pushing themselves to the limit as they race to meet the shipping goals of their respective companies. This often leads to a severe case of sleep deprivation. While their determination to meet certain deadlines is admirable, it is often frightening to think about how their mental condition deteriorates as they make themselves drive until reaching the point of total exhaustion. They know that they must get their shipment to a certain location by a certain time, and they will most often do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Thousands of motorists and truck drivers are killed and injured each year as trucks race to deliver their cargo. Semi-truck drivers and the companies for whom they work have a duty to try to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. Again, in the rush to make sure that goods get to a certain place by a certain time, many of the precautions that are initially set in place are disregarded. Companies which survive by shipping goods find themselves in constant conflict as they demand their drivers to both be on time and drive with care while on the road. But the fact remains that several thousand truck accidents occur each year, and, unfortunately for truck drivers and motorists, traffic accidents involving commercial trucks, such as eighteen-wheelers or other large freight carriers, are usually much more catastrophic than ordinary car accidents.
Another issue involved in trucking accidents is the size of the cargo that a truck is attempting to transport. It is well-documented that oversized loads are often to blame for deaths and injuries related to accidents involving trucks. In other words, the sheer size of many commercial trucks makes them dangerous enough. When companies try to stuff as much cargo into one truck as they can, they merely make the situation riskier. The main reason why companies do this is to save both money and time. The most efficient way to run a business is to deliver as much of a certain product as possible, in the most time-efficient manner possible.
One other factor which can lead to death or injury via a trucking accident is the type of cargo that the truck is transporting. For example, commercial trucks often carry highly flammable materials. In some cases, they even ship toxic and hazardous materials. If these hazardous or flammable materials are on board a truck as it becomes involved in an accident, it is very possible that secondary injuries may occur. Some of these injuries include serious burns and severe respiratory injuries.
Both the driver of the truck and the motorists who are involved in accidents involving commercial trucks are at risk of such injuries. In fact, most of the time, truck drivers are not the ones who are the most seriously injured. This is due to the large size of their vehicles. When these shipping vehicles are compared to the cars being driven by non-commercial drivers, it is abundantly clear that non-commercial motorists are at a huge disadvantage while sharing the road with trucks that are used for shipping goods.
There is no way around the fact that companies must ship goods from one location to another. Often, they use large commercial trucks to accomplish this. Due to a number of causes, these trucks are often involved in both minor and major accidents involving non-commercial vehicles. In addition to the obvious dangers found in the size and weight of the trucks used in commercial transportation and shipping, a number of other factors often lead to accidents. Some of these include lackluster training for drivers of commercial trucks, unsafe trucks that are filled beyond capacity, and unrealistic schedules and deadlines pushed on truck drivers by commercial trucking companies.
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