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Trucker shortage drives prices up, raises safety concerns

| May 24, 2018 | Truck Accidents

If you noticed that prices are on the rise across-the-board in 2018, you are indeed correct. There are many factors that affect the economy and inflation, but a primary element in the higher costs at the cash register is the shortage of truck drivers all over the United States.

While higher prices are certainly unwelcome news to consumers, there is another negative of which everyone should be aware — the trucking safety crisis.

As much as 70 percent of all inland freight in America spends at least a portion of its transport time on the back of a semitruck. Yet it’s estimated that there are as many as 40,000 fewer drivers than needed in the United States, which is problematic on multiple levels.

How did we get here?

Over half of the truckers in America are age 46 or older, but less than 5 percent are 24 or younger. Truckers used to enjoy a certain cachet back in the trucking heyday of the 1970s when CB radios were all the rage, and popular music and movies about truckers dominated the airwaves and the big screens.

That ship has sailed, however. It’s a gig economy these days, with some entrepreneurs bursting from the ranks into the big time. There are few perks to lure young men and women away from their families and friends for a lonely life of driving a big rig thousands of miles per week far away from home.

What are the dangers?

Trucking companies still have to move their goods — some of which are highly perishable — from Point A to Point B to reach consumers. That means that these companies are feeling the crunch and may be tempted to cut corners regarding training and certification of their drivers.

Skimping on truck driver training is a recipe for disaster on the highways and interstates. If you are in a collision with a semitruck, you may need to file a lawsuit in order to be compensated for your losses and damages.

Source: MSN, “America doesn’t have enough truckers, and it’s starting to cause prices to rise,” Heather Long, May 22, 2018

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