The Arkansas truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Alan LeVar, along with our clients, recognize how vital the commercial trucking industry is to a healthy American economy.
In fact, roughly 70 percent of all fright transported in this country moves on trucks, which is why the trucking industry employs somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 million big-rig drivers, according to the American Trucking Associations.
But that national trucking industry trade group also acknowledges a serious issue affecting its membership as well as the safety of American drivers: The current shortage of trained and qualified heavy-duty truck drivers.
“The ability to find enough qualified drivers is one of our industry’s biggest challenges,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said this week in a prepared statement announcing new research that revealed the truck industry is down 48,000 qualified drivers. “Fleets consistently report receiving applications for open positions, but that many of those candidates do not meet the criteria to be hired.”
The ATA expects the driver shortage to grow to 175,000 by 2024. That dramatic and consistent increase is due to drivers retiring at the same time that the economy and trucking industry is growing.
If you’re an Arkansas driver who was involved in a crash that involved a big-rig, tractor trailer or other type of commercial shipping truck, please contact the Little Rock-area accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Alan LeVar for your free case consultation: (888) 220-7068.