US Truck Accidents
An Industry Overview
The trucking industry is the backbone of the American economy, transporting goods and supplies between producers and consumers across the country. In fact, 70% of all freight transported in the United States is shipped via trucks. It’s estimated there are 15.5 million trucks operating out on US roads, yet despite how big the trucking industry is, it remains inadequately regulated by the federal government.
The Trucking Problem
Approximately 1,126 truck related accidents occur per day, resulting in 3,660 truck related deaths per year. The leading causes for truck accidents include driver fatigue, distracted driving, and defective truck equipment. Under the Hours of Service regulation passed in 2011, drivers are required to get 10 hours of break/sleep time per every 11 hours of drive time. Yet, even with the required 10 hour break, truckers remain fatigued. One of the primary reasons truck drivers are not getting enough sleep is because they are unable to find a suitable rest stop. The US faces a severe parking and rest stop shortage for truckers. Void of any place to properly park, truckers are often forced to park in dangerous areas like underpasses, and abandoned buildings. Parking in these types of dangerous areas keeps truckers alert and on edge and inhibits their ability to get a good night’s rest. Furthermore, many trucking companies do not perform routine inspections of their vehicles, placing both truckers and the drivers they share the road with in danger.
How GOBWS Is Helping
Get On Board With Safety is a group of concerned citizens advocating for truck parking initiatives, increased enforcement on mobile phone restrictions, and further regulation on vehicle inspection standards. While the government has slowly been responding to many of our concerns, they’re actions are dismally insufficient. Much more regulation and law enforcement is needed for changes to occur within the trucking industry. We’re fighting for change as hard as we can, but there’s never enough help. Please get on board with safety and contact us if you’d like to join our cause in making the roads a safer place for all drivers.