Individuals who are unfamiliar with the commercial trucking industry may be under the impression that truck drivers are responsible for more accidents than motorists of passenger cars. But as data published in the Commercial Carrier Journal reveals, just the opposite is true.
Even though there are fewer truck drivers than what's needed in order to most effectively accommodate the U.S. economy, recent statistics reveal that the trucking industry is operating exceedingly well short-handed.
Should the National Transportation Safety Board's new recommendations be adopted, truck drivers and motorists in general would be better protected from danger while on the road, the head of the American Trucking Associations recently indicated.
Safety experts have pointed out that as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol may be, multitasking at the wheel is often just as risky. But right up there with these perils is drowsy driving, especially among individuals with a sleeping disorder.
In certain parts of the U.S., legislators have passed laws that have increased the maximum weight limit and size of vehicle truck drivers can use to drive on. But a growing chorus of Americans believe this trend needs to stop.