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Economic recovery may be leading to less qualified truck drivers

If you were harmed in a crash caused by an undertrained truck driver, you may be entitled to compensation.
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    January 29, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- As the economic recovery picks up momentum, more people are going back to work. Obviously, an improving economy is good for the country and good for North Carolina in a variety of ways. Still, an upturn in economic activity can be accompanied by some unintended consequences.

When the economy is stronger, there is more vehicle traffic on the nation's roadways. This phenomenon is due in part to more Americans having the means to take personal vacations, but it is also largely driven by increased demand for commercial trucking services. Simply putting more vehicles on the road means that there are increased odds of being involved in any type of car accident. But, when it comes to accidents involving large commercial tractor-trailers, the economic recovery may be having a particularly pronounced effect.

Trucking companies taking note of labor shortage

A stronger economy means more trucks on the road, and by necessity, that means more operators are needed to drive them. Under North Carolina law, truck drivers must, at a minimum, obtain a Commercial Driver License in order to operate a large tractor-trailer. But, most reputable trucking companies do not consider a driver to be truly "qualified" unless he or she has experience, has a clean driving record, does not have a significant criminal history and does not suffer from any medical conditions that might impair the ability to drive safely.

With a recent regional survey finding that online help wanted advertisements for commercial truck drivers ranked third behind only retail salespeople and registered nurses, getting enough qualified tractor-trailer operators is proving to be a challenge for many companies.

Howell's Motor Freight, a trucking company with terminals in Roanoke, Virginia, Charlotte, North Carolina, and other locations in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States, told The Roanoke Times that they are feeling the pinch of the problem. "In my view, the issue is not so much a shortage of people as it is a shortage of qualified people who would meet our requirements," said Tim Shephard, risk management vice president for the company. "Right now, we can't solicit a lot of new freight...we just don't have the drivers."

If the mistake of an inexperienced driver caused you harm, you may be entitled to compensation

Invariably, with business to be had, some companies are going to hire less qualified drivers. Drivers who lack experience are more likely to make mistakes that can lead to a trucking accident.

The trucking industry may have been put in a tight place by what many are seeing as a serious shortage of qualified labor. Nonetheless, trucking companies must bear the burden of compensating those harmed when their drivers make a mistake. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a trucking accident, get in touch with a North Carolina motor vehicle accident attorney. Your lawyer can ensure you get the full, fair compensation you deserve following a trucking accident.

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