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5 reasons for accidents that are built into the trucking industry

Truck accidents are among the most dangerous types of wrecks in the United States. Because of their size and weight, trucks that lose control are an incredible danger to others on the road.

The reasons for accidents vary, including everything from poor weather conditions to road defects to simple mistakes made by the drivers. Below are a few reasons that are connected to the overall culture of the trucking industry itself.

  • Drivers have to choose between safety and productivity due to their pay structure. If they're paid by the mile, for instance, they can earn more by breaking rules and driving when they need to stop and sleep.
  • Some experts say that carriers create these payment issues since their margins are thin.
  • Truck drivers have to work long hours. Even staying within the guidelines, they could be on the road for longer than the eight hours most other types of employees spend at work.
  • The pay is simply not that good. Not only does this make truckers look for ways to earn more, but it also means that turnover rates are fairly high.
  • Since turnover rates are high, due to low pay, long hours and working in a strenuous profession, that means a lot of truck drivers on the road have very little experience. Many of the experienced drivers are leaving the industry, and inexperienced replacements may be more likely to make those critical mistakes.

Have you been injured in a truck accident in North Carolina? If so, make sure that you know all of your potential rights to financial compensation for lost wages, medical bills and more.

Source: Trucks, "Driving a Truck is Among Deadliest Jobs in the U.S.," Michelle Rafter, accessed April 11, 2018

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