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Truck Driver Shortage Poses Safety Problems

by William J. “Will” Maiberger, Jr. on 08/10/2012

A nationwide shortage of truck drivers threatens to disrupt trucking operations, inconvenience businesses and lead to delivery delays around the country.  However, San Antonio truck accident attorneys are more interested in another possible fallout of such a shortage - a non-availability of qualified, experienced truckers.

According to some sources, as many as 200,000 trucking jobs are currently open across the country.  There are a number of reasons cited for this sudden shortfall of truck drivers, although the industry has been expecting a situation like this for a while now.  For one thing, trucking as an occupation is losing much of its sheen.  Mass retirement of baby boomers, and the fact that fewer young people are now interested in a job that requires them to stay on the road for days on end, are other reasons blamed for the shortage.

It isn’t that there is a shortage of people for these jobs.  It is just that there's a shortage of qualified applicants who meet the now stricter requirements set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. 

Some trucking companies are trying to meet the demand by setting up their own training schools.  That is an expensive option, however.  Other trucking companies are likely to try to cut corners by hiring less-than-qualified truck drivers, who may not meet the standards that are required by federal regulations.

It is these kinds of trucking companies and drivers that San Antonio truck accident lawyers are most worried about.  With the shortage of well-qualified applicants, there is a much higher danger that less experienced and unskilled drivers will take to the wheel, raising highway safety risks.  

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