I posted frequently the last month on the deadly nature of tractor-trailer accidents. The posts are meant to be informative and show the dangers of these sometimes 80,000 lbs behemoths as they travel our interstates and highways. I would be the first to say that most truck drivers are good honest hard working Americans simply attempting to provide for their family. There are exceptions to that rule when drivers are caught using drugs and alcohol in an accident but for the many miles driven on our roads, these truck drivers are simply trying to earn a living.
So you may be wondering what goes wrong? What causes these hard working Americans to sometimes push these death machines to their limit whether by speeding, inattentive driving and/or dangerous driving. I would unequivocally state that the vast majority of the time it’s the trucking company. See these truck drivers are not making millions of dollars and in fact many barely make the median incomes of their state. They are more often than not pushed to make absurd delivery times by their bosses which requires them to speed, drive over the legal limit of hours and do other things they wouldn’t normally do but for the overwhelming desire to put food in their families mouth.
After all this, you the reader may be wondering why is a trial lawyer seemingly defending truck drivers? I wouldn’t call it so much defending as its stating the realities of over the road truck drivers. These men and women don’t want to cause you harm but they are pushed to the brink by the companies.
I was talking recently to a tractor-trailer driver who pretty much stated what I did above. He mentioned that there have been times in his decade long career that he has been given delivery times that are unattainable but for him breaking the law. In every instance he was told by a company authoritative figure to make the delivery. This is the same man who told me a week ago he had less than $150.00 to feed his family for the next two weeks. Now tell me, is he going to make this run? The answer will usually be yes when you have mouths to feed.