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Trucker Deaths at Record Levels: A Completely Avoidable Tragedy

Posted by Brian Fielkow on Jan 30, 2019 4:10:27 PM
Brian Fielkow

Driving a heavy-duty truck remains one of the nation’s deadliest occupations, "with on-the-job deaths of truckers setting a record in 2017," Trucks.com reported. That year, 840 truckers lost their lives on the job, 6.6 percent more than the 786 reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2016. The number of heavy-duty trucking deaths has risen by 25 percent since 2011.

The article identified several common causes of driver deaths: distracted driving, excessive speed, and lack of seat belt use. Deaths from each one are completely avoidable. The common thread is poor decision-making and behaviors. With that in mind, who can best prevent these tragedies—the individual, his/her employer, or the government?

Topics: Safety