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Public safety sacrificed for larger profit turnarounds

The trucking industry is a massive network of crisscross transportation demands that span the continental United States every day. The truckers who drive across the country are often faced with harsh scheduling requirements and poor working conditions. Unfortunately, many trucking accidents cause serious injury and death. The result is often due to truckers trying their best to serve the constant whip of demands coming from their employers.

Anyone who has lost a child or loved one due to a preventable traffic collision knows the pain when public safety is sacrificed for larger profit turnarounds. Trucking transportation is a big business. Too often, the greed of incentives, trickling down from company agreements to the ground-transport workers gets in the way of following the law and remaining safe on the road.

Worker compliance

Some truckers easily comply with the illegal instructions given to them by their employers, while others feel trapped and force to comply at the expense of safety and job security. Complaints may appear anonymous, but they tell the story of how tragic events began with pressure from trucking companies to do “illegal runs”.

What are “illegal runs”

Illegal runs are whenever a trucking company instructs its driver to work beyond the normal hours of service or log incorrect information for their records. Illegal runs make workers double or triple their shifts with fewer personal breaks for rest and inspection. These types of demands put its drivers and those on the road at risk. You never know how little sleep the trucker beside you on the road has gotten.

Truckers who whistle-blow on a company deserve to be protected. Public safety is a combined effort on behalf of everyone granted the privilege of sharing the road. The deaths of loved ones don’t have to be the reality for millions of families struggling with a roadway tragedy. Get help today!

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