An interesting article in the Baltimore Sun points out the dangers of long hours and difficult schedules for truck drivers and others on the roads.
The article points to the increased demands of the growing global economy as a driving factor in the more grueling schedules truck drivers must keep. Our country’s 350,000 independent truckers may feel it the most, since they’re paid by the delivery rather than an hourly rate.
The long hours and treacherous schedules not only take their toll on the truck drivers, but endanger others on the roads who could fall victim to their carelessness.
More disturbing facts from the article point to the need for change in the industry:
Nearly a decade ago, the government vowed to significantly reduce the number of fatalities from truck crashes, but the results have been mixed. Nationally the death toll fell until 2002 and then started climbing. In the three most heavily traveled states, California, Texas and Florida, deaths involving large truck crashes have steadily climbed.
Over 5,000 people die and 116,000 are injured yearly in truck-related accidents, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Most often the victims are in passenger cars.
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