New Study Highlights Safety Concerns With Long-Haul Trucking Drivers
A new research study published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention is the first of its kind to describe work-related injuries, work environments, truck crashes, behaviors, driver training, and driver attitudes. More than 1.7 million people are employed in the long-haul truck driving industry to carry out a variety of shipping needs all over the United States. In order to learn more about this important and yet dangerous industry, the national Institute of occupational safety and health conducted a research study of more than 1200 drivers at 32 various truck stops across the United States in 2010.
The study collected information about safety climate, driver training, driver behaviors, job satisfaction, and work-related injuries. It turns out that over 2.5 % of long-haul truck drivers reported truck crashes in 2010. Within this same subsection of the truck driving community 35% of drivers reported at least one serious crash while working as a long-haul truck driver. Nearly ¼ of all long-haul truck drivers that were interviewed in this particular study also reported that they had had a near miss accident in the last week, putting up a serious concerns associated with the dangers of the trucking industry.
Due to the size and weight of trucks, many of which pass through the Maryland, D.C., and Virginia area on a regular basis carrying freight, accidents involving long-haul trucks and smaller vehicles can be devastating. Particularly of the accidents involve vehicle passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists, the injuries sustained in a serious trucking accident across the busy streets of the District of Columbia can prove devastating or even deadly.
To round out the research study, at least 17% of long-haul truck drivers reported a minimum of one moving violation ticket, too. If you or someone you know has been injured by a truck driver in the D.C. area, you may have recourse by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Make sure to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer sooner rather than later.