Why Are Truck Driving Jobs so Dangerous?

18 wheeler truckWhen there is a rise in unemployment, people begin to worry about their job status. One of the industries that has been least affected by the recent blight of unemployment in the country is trucking. Trucks are necessary for the transportation of goods and drivers are relatively safe when it comes to job security. Unfortunately, that may be the only way that they are safe. Trucking is counted as one of the most dangerous jobs in America. But why?

In the transportation and material moving fields, truck driving accounts for one out of every four fatal accidents. While anyone in this wide industry is at risk of having an accident, truck drivers have the highest number of fatalities overall.

Dangers of Driving

The dangers of truck driving are many. It stands to reason that with so many hours spent on the road, truck drivers are at risk for accident. Over-worked drivers experience fatigue that can lead to falling asleep at the wheel. Some drivers consume alcohol and attempt to drive. Others drive when ill because they need the money. There are a variety of reasons why truck drivers are involved in accidents on America’s roads.

Some truck drivers are involved in accidents through no fault of their own. They are the victims of other drivers on the road or adverse weather conditions. Drivers are also forced to drive on congested roadways with people who do not respect big rigs. No matter the cause of the accident, truck drivers are taking their lives in their hands each time they climb up behind the wheel.

If you have been injured in a truck driving accident in Austin or the surrounding area, please reach out to our team. We will review the facts of your case at no cost to you and advise you how to best proceed. Call now or browse our website for more information about how we can assist you.

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