When trucking industry facts are grossly distorted to appeal to readers of a news publication, I start to see red.
This post is in response to the article, Trucking Industry Needs to Be Forced to Make Things Safer, by Paul Carpenter, The Morning Call, a New Jersey publication.
Mr Carpenter, this is an interesting article on truck safety and the dangers to passenger car occupants.
However, you have omitted a few very vital facts and statistics.
Trucking Industry Facts Distorted Once Again
- While you state that 98% of all the fatalities in crashes involving trucks and passenger vehicles occur to the individuals in passenger vehicles, you neglected to mention that in over 90% of these cases, the accidents were caused by the people in their passenger vehicles. This is a well-known industry statistic.
- You failed to mention that passenger vehicles as a whole are involved in over 100X as many accidents as commercial vehicles.
- You also failed to mention that the driving skills required to get a driver’s license are virtually nil, while obtaining a CDL is far more controlled, specifically for safety reasons. It takes a far greater degree of skill to operate a tractor trailer.
- Please note that strenuous delivery schedules and lack of rest for the professional truck driver can be attributed directly to the schedules and needs of shippers and receivers. Not the truck drivers.
All truckers would love to have a full night’s sleep every night, just like you.
You say the public should go back to supporting the rail industry. Let us know when the rail lines run directly to the doors of the grocery stores.
Look at the photo included in your article of the accident scene. The vehicle in the crash appears to be a grocery delivery truck and trailer. We need trucks. We can’t do without them.
As for the politicians, they know who butters their bread.
If any one of them implemented a bill introducing retraining the existing driving public because as a whole they’re completely unskilled, that politician would never get another vote, other than a few from truck drivers.
Fuel taxes are based on volume of fuel sold. Do you suppose your car burns as much fuel each year as a truck that averages 100,000 miles each year?
I agree that that accident on I-78 was tragic. I also agree that particular trucking company hired the wrong truck driver.
But trucking companies occasionally make the mistake of hiring the wrong individuals.
In fact, I presently know of a newspaper by the name of the Morning Call who employs at least one writer that clearly isn’t qualified to do his job, which is thoroughly researching a subject and submitting an informed and accurate story to their readers.
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