Find Out Why Truckers May Be Feeling Pressure to Drive Dangerously
Thousands of people are killed in truck crashes across the United States each year. Many of these fatal truck accidents occur in Vermont and New Hampshire.
While the trucking industry does play an important role in our economy, you can’t help but wonder if some of the practices by trucking companies are safe for the public. For example, when a trucking company only pays a driver by the mile, isn’t it logical to assume that the trucker will do what it takes to cover as many miles as possible?
Truckers can be seen speeding along the roads and highways. They sometimes push themselves to keep going, even though they are extremely fatigued and could use a break. When a trucker is paid by the mile, the more miles he travels the greater his pay will be. Truckers therefore become tempted to drive faster and skip the much-needed rest breaks.
Some trucking companies don’t pay their drivers when they are waiting to pick up or deliver loads. Even worse, some aren’t paid for loading and unloading. The paycheck only accumulates when the wheels are moving.
According to the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), their members are in their cabs for an average of 44 hours each week, while they wait for a load to be unloaded or loaded. They are not paid for these hours.
It is important to mention that not all trucking companies follow this pay arrangement, as they avoid measuring truckers’ productivity by the miles they have driven. According to Road Safe America, these are the same fleets that provide additional training and ensure that their trucks are safe.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in Western New Hampshire or Eastern Vermont, contact an experienced New Hampshire truck accident attorney at the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss at (603) 556-4148. We will review your case to help you determine what caused the tractor-trailer accident.
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