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Truck Accidents due to Employer Negligence or Liability

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016

In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that fatal accidents involving trucks numbered to 3,964, while those that caused injuries were 95,000. These accidents and injuries were caused by 73,000 of the 2 million semi-trucks that operated on US roads and highways.

Despite the high number of fatalities and injuries that these huge vehicles cause, as well as their being threats on the road, the government is cautious on putting too many restrictions on truck operators mainly due to the major role that trucks play in the US economy. In short, restrict truck operations with so many laws (besides laws on safety) and the country’s ability to do business can be crippled.

While the government cannot burden operators with higher taxes or higher pay for drivers, it does not shy away from creating and strictly enforcing laws that should ensure: qualification of drivers in operating a truck; use of truck parts, like brakes and tires that comply with DOT standards; keeping drivers form operating a truck while sleepy or fatigued; and, maintaining a record of regular truck inspection and maintenance.

One of the greatest challenges faced by operators and drivers since 2010 is how to accomplish all job orders and make timely deliveries considering the increasing lack of qualified drivers which, according to the American Trucking Associations, is now at 48,000.

Many truck drivers have considered moving to another field of work even with barely a year in the job due to the job’s small pay, required time (sometimes for weeks) away from family, the demands of the job and many other factors. Besides, what one can earn as a driver, he or she can also earn, with very little stress, in a local job.

Due to this shortage of drivers, a number of operators or employers have resorted to illegal means just to get as many job orders as they can and have these orders finished on time. Some of these illegalities include hiring unqualified drivers and failing to train them further; requiring their drivers to drive longer than the allowed number of service and then asking them to alter the number of hours they have rendered in log book; and, failing to properly screen applicants for past records or driving violations.

Driver error puts everyone on the road in danger, and so does trucking company negligence. Trucking companies have the legal responsibility of ensuring that safety standards in regards to employees and vehicles are strictly upheld, as this will greatly affect the well-being of everyone, including other motorists and everyone else on the road. If and when trucking companies fail to uphold these standards, then they can be held financially responsible for their negligence.

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Common Concerns for Truckers: Getting Started in the Industry

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015

As is commonly known, the trucking industry is a crucial part of a healthy and functional economy. The U.S. market would be at a standstill without trucks hauling goods and products from one point of the country to another. Definitely, having efficient goods transportation system is a vital part to how a community operates. Because of this, coming into the trucking industry might be a very lucrative business decision. As the American Trucking Associations notes, the trucking industry in the U.S. has generated roughly $600 billion in total freight revenues during 2011.

If you are thinking of getting into the trucking industry, expect to face a few hurdles before reaping substantial awards. There are plenty of things you’ll need to research and consider before going in completely. Learning more about particular details regarding trucking operations, and deciding the best type of operation that suits your planned set-up is a great way to ensure that your venture will be a success.

Before anything else, the first decision you will need to make when becoming part of the trucking industry is your mode of operations. According to the U.S. Small Business Association, trucking businesses typically operate in two different ways. One sees the trucking company hiring its own fleet of vehicles and set of drivers. Through this mode of operation, you’ll have control over the entire spectrum of your business. Of course, this will also require a bigger budget. The next option is to sub-contract drivers from a different company. While you’ll have little control over schedules, and contracts, you will have to spend less on workforce and vehicles. Here, the only thing you’ll be in-charged of is the actual operation of your business.

According to the website of TBS Factoring Service, another consideration you’ll have to make when starting a trucking business is preparing for common challenges faced by those already in the industry. One typical problem faced by truckers involves the finance and accounting side of the business. As it happens, plenty of truckers have issues with tracking invoice payments and other similar details. No one goes into business to not get paid, so being sure to do everything you can to haul in the dollars is a good plan.

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