Mississippi citizens benefit from the services provided by the nation’s truckers. Literally running 24/7 to deliver products across the country, truck drivers and the trucking industry form an important part of the American economy. Like any business, however, there are challenges to maintain performance standards while attempting to expand market share and increase profitability. One such challenge for the industry is truck driver safety. Not only is this relevant to a business’ bottom line, but it also impacts motorists who share the roads.
Highway safety experts report fatalities from truck accidents have been on the rise over the last several years. Due to the sheer mass and momentum created by a large semi traveling at highway speeds, it is not surprising that these vehicles can cause catastrophic accidents. Similarly, the statistics back up what seems obvious — trucker fatigue is a major cause of truck accidents. However, in attempting to combat fatigue, some truckers are creating an even greater hazard.
Truckers who take long trips over a repetitive highway landscape can get tired, which can lead to slower reaction times. Coupled with tight delivery schedules that push the limits, some drivers seek artificial relief in the form of stimulants like amphetamines or methamphetamines. Even ignoring the legality of these substances, their use by an operator of a motor vehicle does not enhance driving ability.
The trucking industry is regulated by government standards, which can be complex. In addition, there are multiple players, such as the trucking company and the driver, who all have different interests. However, a personal injury lawyer can help sort out the liability issues in a truck wreck. If you’ve been injuried in a trucking accident, contact George B. Ready to protect your interests.