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It’s time to retire the truck

Trucks are a constant problem for traffic. We all know this. They are too big, too slow, too eager to jump between lanes and slow traffic. But perhaps one thing you don’t often think about: trucks are also too dangerous.

According to recent statistics found posted on the Amerio Law Firm site, there were 411,000 truck accidents in 2014. This, despite the fact there were only 3.4 million trucks on the road. That means 12 percent of trucks were involved in accidents in 2014. That means, further, that every time you see ten trucks on your commute to work, one of them has been in an accident that year.

When trucks are in accidents, they don’t tend to be fender benders. It’s difficult for trucks to do that little damage simply based on their size and velocity. So, when you think of those statistics, think about the damage each one of those 411,000 accidents caused, think about which one of those ten trucks you just saw caused one of those 411,000 accidents, and then be grateful you weren’t 411,001.

To me, the solution to all of this is obvious: we need to move beyond the era of trucks. Trucks have been a crucial part of our economy for decades, and we should be grateful for all they’ve done for us. They’ve helped build us into the mightiest, richest nation in the world. Trucks transferred the pieces that would become our weapons’ arsenal. They transferred the parts of our airplanes. They transferred every item in our local Walmart.

It is time, however, to retire the truck. For a long time, it was worth the risk on the road to achieve all those great positives, but that time has passed.

We still want all those great positives, of course, we just have better ways to achieve them. Here are two simple ways:

Reinvest in rail. Before trucks, trains carried all our goods. In many countries, trains still carry most of the goods. There’s no reason America can’t return to that system, other than an unwillingness to invest. Trains are far safer and far less likely to cause regular accidents. More rail lines might also allow for more pedestrian rail travel, which would get more cars off the road and speed up commutes. It’s a win on multiple levels.

Push for driverless trucks. This is the future, but we don’t want to have to wait so long for it. Many are theorizing we will have a large body of driverless trucks within the decade. Let’s invest now and push that down to within the next five years. Driverless trucks will make far fewer errors and will know to stay in their lanes and not clog up the road. They’d also be better for the environment since they’d be able to police their speed and fuel consumption better.

These are only two ideas, and there are much more to be had. The main point is this: trucks have been great for this country, but they are simply too dangerous. The 21st century deserves a safer means of mass transportation.

Trucking Company Negligence

Trucking Company Negligence

Driver error, vehicle malfunction, and road defects are some of the most common causes of truck accidents. But what if the one at fault is the truck company itself, because it has been careless and negligent in its practices? Trucking companies have the responsibility to follow safety standards, and failure to do so may result into a lawsuit concerning employer negligence and liability.Trucking

company negligence may come in many forms. It may involve employment practices, vehicle maintenance, and safety procedures. Below are some of the most common forms.

Hours of Service Violation

There is an hours and service mandate to protect truck drivers from working extremely long hours with little sleep. This mandate may also indicate how long a truck driver should work before resting, how often he should rest between shifts, and other little things that may involve working hours and rest. You may look at it as a way to prevent truck accidents due to fatigue.
There are many instances where this hours and service mandate is violated, because the truck driver wants to reach a specific deadline or the trucking company wants to maximize productivity.

Negligent Hiring

Trucks are big and heavy, so getting them involved in a traffic accident may have serious consequences. For this reason alone, trucks should only be handled by those with good driving skills. Sometimes, trucking companies become negligent of their hiring practices and end up hiring drivers with driving infractions, criminal convictions, or poor driving skills.

Failure to Train or Inadequate Training

Even professional drivers are not perfect. They need the proper training to efficiently handle the specific kind of truck they need to drive. This training includes safe driving practices, safety regulations, and operation laws. If at least one of these has been violated and an accident has occurred, the trucking company may be held liable because of its failure to give appropriate training for its drivers.

Failure to Inspect Vehicles

Maintenance is one of the key ways to ensure that trucks are in optimal condition to avoid vehicle malfunction and defects such as brake problems, tire blowouts, and trailer detachments. Failure to i

nspect trucks from possible damages and give proper upkeep may result into road accidents. Trucking companies may be considered responsible for such accidents and they may be taken into court, especially if injuries have been sustained.It is good to know that there are federal and state laws that protect truck drivers and innocent motorists around them from disasters that can arise because of trucking company negligence. There are truck accident attorneys out there willing to fight for you in case you have been involved in such inconveniences. But at the end of the day, you do not want lawsuits. All you want is a disaster-free road.