Many people drive alongside tractor trailers on a daily basis. People rely on these massive vehicles, as they are a vital part of the American economy. Tractor trailers transport products throughout Louisiana and across the nation. Qualified truck drivers are needed to operate these large vehicles and ensure loads arrive at their destination safely and on time. The problem lies in the fact that a shortage of qualified truck drivers has not only led to a disruption of distribution schedules but an increase in commercial truck accidents as well.
According to the American Trucking Association, the trucker shortage currently lies at 60,000 drivers and that number could climb to 100,000 before long. The lack of qualified drivers has forced some trucking companies to put unqualified truckers on the road in an attempt to get the backload of goods delivered. Some truck drivers may have previous driving violations or may have their commercial drivers license suspended. Others may stay behind the wheel for extended periods of time in order to meet tight deadlines despite hours of service regulations that require them to take routine breaks.
Why are there less people applying for truck driving jobs? It may be due to the increase of other types of jobs available that allow people to stay at home with their families rather than travel regularly. Yet, some trucking companies have increased the benefits and pay given to truckers in an attempt to get more onboard. Drivers should always remain cautious when sharing the road with large trucks in order to prevent becoming involved in a catastrophic accident.