With a fatality rate of 22.1 per 100,000 workers, trucking is our nation's eighth most dangerous job.
Drivers face tremendous pressure to get the freight delivered on time, maximizing the potential for dangerous truck accidents. Despite rules requiring rest stops, many drivers are greatly fatigued. Forty-eight percent of truckers report falling asleep at the wheel at least once in the previous 12 months, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
According to Henry Jasnay Vice President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, rest stops of 30 minutes are required after eight hours of driving but are insufficient to rest drivers, who often feel just as tired as before their 30-minute break.
Many truckers falsify log books to show enforcement officers that they've complied with the rules.
A new danger is that heavy rigs travel on narrow, rural two-laners to supply fracking sites. These roads were never engineered to handle large trucks