Truckers face pressure from trucking companies to haul their cargo quickly from suppliers to retail outlets and other destinations around the nation. However, what isn't always acknowledged is how that pressure can compromise trucking safety from coast to coast.
The trucking industry is different in the way it pays than most other industries. While most people are used to a yearly salary or an hourly wage, many truckers are paid based on how many miles they drive. This rate tends to fall between $0.28 per mile and $0.40 per mile, though some companies exceed that.
In many rural communities, it is not uncommon to see a variety of tractors and oversized farming implements on the roadways. While most farmers will try to get off the road as much as possible, sometimes there simply isn't enough room.
Fatigued truck drivers can pose a risk on the highways of Tennessee. Their reaction times may be too slow and some very tired drivers even fall asleep behind the wheel.
People often feel nervous when they have to drive around semitrucks. They're huge, they have blind spots, they can't stop quickly and they just feel dangerous when you're passing by in a sedan.
The economy in much of the United States bottomed out in 2008 and 2009. Since then, it has slowly rebounded for years.
The government mandates that truckers take a certain amount of time off. This is to keep them from being overworked and driving while they're tired.
It's easy to assume that the weather plays a huge role in truck accident statistics. Perhaps you've seen videos of trucks sliding in the snow or crashing because of reduced visibility in heavy thunderstorms.
A 57-year-old Mendon, Tennessee, man lost his life in a truck accident early on the afternoon of Thursday, July 13, 2017 at a Knoxville truck stop. The truck driver, who worked alongside one of his sons as a FedEx subcontractor, was in the process of cleaning the windshield of his truck during a driver changeover when he was struck by another tractor-trailer.
The economy of Tennessee, and our country as a whole, is spurred by the volume of 18-wheelers on the road. The more trucks you see, the better the economy is performing. As important as these trucks are, they can also be quite dangerous if not operated properly. Here are some common causes of 18-wheeler accidents.