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Increase in freight may mean more truck accidents

Large trucks are an important part of the economy, as they distribute goods across Texas and throughout the country. Although we depend on these massive vehicles, they can be extremely dangerous as well. As the American economys health continues to improve, the American Trucking Associations predict a steady increase in the amount of freight that needs to be distributed each year. In fact, freight is expected to increase by 23.5 percent from 2013 to 2025. While this may be good for jobs and the economy, some are concerned that this increase in freight will cause an increase in tractor trailer accidents as well.

The problem lies in the fact that there is currently a shortage of qualified truck drivers. This career requires people to spend long hours on the road and away from their families. With a growing job market, many prospective truck drivers are choosing other positions close to their homes. The trucking industry may need to find over 100,000 additional truck drivers each year to keep up with the increased demand.

Due to this truck driver shortage, trucking companies may be tempted to violate regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Rather than require the truckers to take frequent rest brakes and work a maximum number of driving hours each week, companies may be inclined to allow the truckers to stay behind the wheel for longer periods of time in order to distribute more freight. Truckers may be tempted to drive longer distances without breaks to earn a bigger paycheck and meet tight deadlines. The number of truck accidents caused by drowsy and distracted truckers is predicted to grow because of these factors. 

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