The trucking industry requires a lot from their workers. Not only do workers have horrible hours, but the pay is not worth the physical demands on the body. Furthermore, the lifestyle puts many truck drivers at risk for health conditions, such as diabetes, heart conditions, and blood clots.
While the drivers are certainly at risk, the demands on those drivers make it clear that motorists and pedestrians on the road with truckers could be at high risk for injury or fatal accidents too.
The requirements of the job are extensive, and while federal and state level protections are there to prevent drivers from being overworked, some still pay the price. First, drivers can haul up to 14 hours straight in a single day. Then, they receive ten hours off before their next shift starts.
Rarely does a truck operator have more than one day off per week to rest and recuperate. Also, the chance of dying in an accident is extremely high for these professionals. The death of truckers in automobile accidents accounts for 12 percent of the work-related deaths in the United States, says the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
These risks all come with a meager salary of $38,000 per year. Truckers who work 4400 hours per year, the industry average, come out to about $8.70 per hour.
Those working in the industry almost have to be willing to take on the low pay, a lifestyle that contributes to poor health, and the continual stress that comes from making stops, finding a safe place to sleep, and still staying awake on the road for 14 hours per day.
While truck drivers are certainly at risk for injuries, the people on the road with them are equally at risk. Truck and automobile accidents create some of the most catastrophic injuries. Many of these accidents result in permanent disabilities or are fatal.
These injuries can include:
While truck drivers might be negligent, often it is their employers who are the responsible party for trucking accidents. If you are injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle, speak with an attorney from Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP today. Our attorneys are here to help you with your case, and we aggressively fight for your right to compensation.
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