3 parties facing troubling consequences of the trucker shortage

Did you know that there are currently about 63,000 truck driving positions open in the United States? This labor shortage is worrisome, and reports state that it may not be getting any better. And it's not just affecting consumers dealing with price increases and delivery delays.

Trucking companies, truckers and motorists are also facing troubling consequences of the shortage. And for these parties, it could be costing them a lot more than money.

Trucking companies

With so many positions open and so few applicants, trucking companies are reaching out to very young, inexperienced drivers and people past retirement age. Some companies are hiring drivers with spotty driving and criminal records as well as drivers with medical issues that may not be conducive with the demanding trucker lifestyle. 

This means that companies may be responsible for drivers who are not as safe or experienced as ideal candidates. There can also be challenges supervising truckers and ensuring they understand and comply with trucking regulations.

Truck drivers

Those who do work as a truck driver can feel added pressure to drive longer than they should or to ignore problems with their health or the truck in the interest of reaching a destination more quickly. Whether this pressure comes from an employer or is self-imposed, it can lead to dangerous decisions that put a trucker's safety -- and life -- in danger.

Motorists

Though there may be fewer trucks, motorists sharing the road with them could be at an increased risk of an accident. Truckers may be overworked and drowsy; a truck might be unsafe and in need of repair; cargo may be improperly loaded or secured in haste. These elements can and do lead to truck accidents and catastrophic injuries for other motorists.

Unfortunately, there is no quick or easy solution to the trucker shortage. As such, truckers and motorists alike can be in danger of getting into a serious accident. Should this happen, it can be crucial to discuss the situation with an attorney who can provide guidance on legal options and financial remedies.

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