The trucking industry expects the number of truckloads of cargo on the
roads to increase 3 to 5 percent in 2013, according to a recent article in
Trailer Body Builders. This increase in cargo loads is good news for the trucking industry,
but it also means the number of fully-loaded tractor-trailers on the roads
will increase, which in turn raises the risk for serious accidents. If
you’ve suffered a truck crash, an experienced San Jose truck accident
lawyer can help.
According to consulting firm FTR Associates, truckload growth will increase
in 2013 but slow down again in 2014, because the relationship between
production and gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to decrease in
2014. However, the consultants were quick to point out that many variables
affect the forecasting of truckload growth, especially more than one year
into the future.
The recent increases in truckloads on the road have been largely attributed
to recent economic gains. Another possible source of increases in coming
years are new safety regulations imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration (FMCSA), which will temporarily decrease the supply
of drivers and thus increase the demand for them. Increased demand due
to Hurricane Sandy cleanup and rebuilding as well as oil and gas production
via fracking are also expected to increase the overall number of trucks
on the road.
Truck crashes can cause serious injuries. A fully-loaded tractor-trailer may weigh as
much as 80,000 pounds, but the average passenger vehicle weighs only 3,000
pounds. When these two vehicles collide, those in the smaller vehicle
are at a particularly high risk.