Trucking Industry is vital to our nation’s economy and plays a significant role in moving freights internally. Intrastate and interstate trucking is connecting the important routes across the country. According to a ATA release our economy depends on trucks to deliver ten billion tons of virtually every commodity consumed—or nearly 70 percent of all freight transported annually in the U.S. In the U.S. alone, this accounts for $671 bill ion worth of goods transported by truck.Add $295 billion in truck trade with Canada and $195.6 billion in truck trade with Mexico and it becomes apparent that any disruption in truck traffic will lead to rapid economic instability.
Every commercial truck driver is expected to drive up to fourteen hours straight a day, receiving roughly ten hours off prior to the beginning of the next shift. Legislation regulating the amount of driving a trucker performs over the course of a day and week does exist, but these rules are commonly bent and broken. Mainly because of less potential commercial truck drivers available to take up this challenging job. Truckers rarely receive more than one day of work off a week. The chance of dying on the job is extremely high, with deaths of truckers in auto accidents accounting for 12% of all work related deaths in the United States. Truck driving is one of the 10 deadliest jobs in America as quoted by Forbes. Continue reading