Truck driving is a difficult profession requiring exceptional driving skills, judgment, level-headedness, independence, and stamina. Passing the CDL test alone doesn't mean that one possesses the above qualities that mark a true professional. Only years of experience will do that. Semi-trucks are huge, top-heavy, and unwieldy vehicles that are difficult to drive even when road conditions are good. During bad weather and especially in the winter, avoiding trucking accidents requires much concentration and skill from the driver.
An increased demand for trucking services accompanied by the retirement of much of its workforce have produced the current truck driver shortage. The problem is further exacerbated by the high turnover rate of new hires. Although many people are attracted to the low barrier to entry of this profession, they quickly learn that the work isn't for them when they encounter the previously discussed difficulties. An increasing number of truck drivers on the road are inexperienced, and the high turnover rate perpetuates the problem because few truck drivers remain long enough to gain sufficient experience and proficiency.
What this means for the average motorist is that they're sharing the road with increasing numbers of inexperienced truck drivers who must carry larger loads to make up for the driver shortage and are simultaneously facing the intense pressures described above.
Some truckers will resort to speeding and aggressive driving to meet the required mileage and the federal regulations limiting their driving hours. Others will violate the federal regulations, which will fill the roads with fatigued and inexperienced truck drivers. In addition, most of these new truckers will be in their early twenties. This age group has a higher accident rate than the rest of the older population.
This is a dangerous time for motorists because there's an elevated risk of getting into a trucking accident. If such an accident injures you or someone close to you, contact us today. Odegaard Miller Law has extensive experience with trucking accident cases and can help you receive proper compensation.