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Trucking Accidents on the Rise: How the Intersection of Increased Traffic, Decreased Employment, and Increased Workload have Combined to Endanger America’s Roadways

The trucking industry is a massive and vital industry that delivers goods across North America in times that even our parents wouldn’t have dreamed of just fifty years ago. As a result of this explosion of the trucking industry, America’s roadways are choked with an unprecedented volume of trucking traffic. However, despite incentivized pay rates and solid benefits packages, the demand for new truckers remains largely unfulfilled. The long hours, the distance, and the negative social stigma sometimes associated with truckers makes young people shy away from the profession.

This has resulted in an extremely high turnover rate in young truckers, which has led to an increasingly aged trucker workforce. All this in a time when demand for truck drivers is at an all-time high. The massive demand for truck drivers has driven some companies and drivers to push themselves to work more hours, with less rest, and often with the aid of dangerous stimulants. The ageing truck force has not dealt adequately with this increased demand, and has sometimes resorted to breaking statutory provisions designed to ensure that drivers reach a minimal level of sleep so that they can safely operate their vehicles. See, Drivers’ Association v. FMCSA, et. al, 494 F.3d 188 (D.C. Court of Appeals 2007).

These dangerous practices have led to a sharp increase in the number of trucking accidents in the U.S., 500,000 annually, and, tragically, some 5,000 deaths last year alone. In these accidents, there are many possible liable parties: the original tortfeasor (the trucker), the trucking company they’re employed with, the company renting the truck, or even the municipality in which the accident occurred. See eg, Carolina Casualty Insurance Co. v. Panther II Transportation, Inc., 402 Fed. Appx. 62 (6th DCA 2010).

Obtaining a Fair Settlement after a Tractor Trailer Accident is Complex

Victims of these accidents are left devastated and may even die, which gives rise to potential personal injury and wrongful death suits. The legal issues surrounding these cases are varied and are highly technical, but usually involve a form of negligent entrustment or vicarious liability. Due to the confusing and difficult prospect of bringing suit against multiple responsible parties, across multiple jurisdictions, with varied legal distinctions to be made, it is a burdensome task for a non-lawyer of sound mental and emotional state to successfully recover for their damages from a trucking accident. However, it is rarely the case that a person recently involved in a trucking accident, or the family of a person who died in one, is in a state of sound health emotionally and mentally.

When someone is injured in a trucking accident, the costs to the victim mount quickly and insurance companies and trucking companies can oftentimes simply “wait out” their victims and thus avoid responsibility. It is unfortunate that the judicial system allows these situations to persist, but it is an imperfect system and there will always be people who fall through the cracks. This is why it is so absolutely vital that victims of trucking accidents obtain aggressive, effective legal counsel.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a trucking accident, please do not hesitate to the experienced Clearwater Litigation Firm of Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA.

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 N. Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765