The trucking industry tends to invest millions of dollars trying to avoid major accidents that cost a lot of money. The trucking companies spend on anti-rollover and warning alert systems, as well as technologies that monitor and limit speed and ELD systems. Tens of millions are also spent on endless accidents, lawsuits and claims. All this money goes to prevent the accidents or deal with the results, when so many of those crashes could be avoided if truck drivers were trained better.
Big trucking companies hire poorly trained drivers instead of attracting those who are highly skilled and pay them accordingly to make them want to stay. There are still truly professional drivers on our roads. But many of them soon will retire, and others are likely to leave the industry as they are not paid enough for the level of work they provide the industry prefers investing in technologies, than high skilled employees.
Often people who run big trucking companies are business men who don’t realize that it is not enough to just place someone in a driver seat of the truck. Smaller companies seem to be aware of that, and that is why they have a lower percentage of accidents.
Big companies that don’t care for proper training just do whatever it takes to hire cheaper workforce. For them it is all about money rather than public safety or anything else for that matter. It is also dangerous for the new drivers. Nobody wants to be involved in a truck accident, and everyone deserves proper training before being sent on the job. Technologies are good as they are great safety tools, but they are not the solution.
This situation needs measures like investing in training for drivers and pay experienced drivers properly. It will help prevent many accidents and make the toads safer, as well as reduce the amount of money companies spend on accidents and their consequences.