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Truckers identify safety issues that could cause truck accidents

For the past 15 years, the research branch of the American Trucking Association has conducted a survey to determine what issues concern the industry the most. Recently, both the hours of service and driver shortages has garnered top votes. Truckers from every state, including Louisiana, hope that identifying these recurring issues will lead to a reduction in the numbers of serious truck accidents.

The American Transportation Research Institute surveys truckers to get a grasp on the top safety issues that concern drivers. Though the federally mandated hours of service has been a priority over the past few years, driver shortage actually took the top spot. According to statistics provided by both the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, the average age for a trucker is 55. The hours of service regulations are currently being reviewed by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration for possible revisions that may bring relief for some truckers. 

Drivers also listed delays at customers' destinations and lack of safe parking as other areas that can have an adverse affect on safety. Purportedly, significant delays when offloading or loading trucks can lead to drivers feeling time pressure while driving. Two relatively new categories that drivers listed are lack of thorough training for new drivers and the danger of distracted driving. 

An estimated 3,100 fatalities were attributed to distracted driving in 2017. Having strong support from industry participants may enable officials and trucking professionals to find workable solutions for reducing the numbers of truck accidents. Louisiana residents who have been injured or have lost loved ones due to these horrifying crashes may never fully recover from the physical and psychological damages. If an accident was the result of negligence on the part of another party, then it may be possible to seek compensation for monetary losses through the state's civil courts.

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