Many truckers on the road today have years of experience handling big rigs. Even when they’ve been at it for some time and have had all the proper training, accidents can and do still happen. When new truckers are still adjusting to how the truck handles, however, accidents may be more likely to occur simply due to lack of experience.
The truck driving industry is experiencing some of its biggest shortages in decades as the vast majority of current truck drivers are anticipated to retire in the next ten years. That puts pressure on trucking companies who must continue to meet demand across the United States, leading many of these companies to sweeten the pot for people who emerge into the trucking industry. The American Trucking Association estimates that the driver shortage could reach as high as 50,000 by the end of 2017. By 2026, that shortage may grow to 174,000.
The workforce is overwhelmingly male and ages and there are recruitment issues associated with bringing people onto the trucking lifestyle. New regulations often require more drivers to haul the same amount of freight and limit shift lengths. The industry is currently experiencing tremendous growth while many people are anticipating retirement. The salaries can range from $35,000 a year to $40,000 a year for those who go home each night or greater pay for cross country or regional drivers. Extra endorsements may be required by a driver who is moving hazardous materials or liquid materials. The shortage in the trucking industry could lead to thousands more people being hired in the coming years but this could put drivers on the road at risk of serious injuries if these drivers are not properly trained or committed to the trucking lifestyle.
Accidents can lead to big pileups and fatalities, and these may be more common with new truck drivers.
Critical injuries can put victims at risk for developing further medical complications and needing to file a personal injury lawsuit with the help of an experienced attorney. Anyone who has been hurt in an accident like this should get medical attention as soon as possible.