Trucker Safety

Crashes involving large trucks continue to take a toll on truck drivers, their
passengers, other road users, businesses, and the community. A new report
includes data from the National Survey of US Long-Haul Truck Driver Health and
Injury, conducted by the Centre for Occupational Health and Safety CDC at 32
truck stops along interstate highways across the United States. Key findings
from the survey include:

  • An estimated 14 percent of long-haul truck drivers reported not using a seat belt on every trip.

  • Over one-third of long-haul truck drivers had been involved in one or more serious crashes during their driving careers.

  • Long-haul truck drivers who reported not wearing seat belts also tended to engage in other unsafe driving behaviors such as speeding and committing moving violations. They were also more likely to work for an employer that did not have a written workplace safety program.

  • Long-haul truck drivers who lived in a state with a primary seat belt law - the law that allows police to stop motorists solely for being unbelted - were more likely to report often using a seat belt.

More information - Source: Centre for Occupational Health and Safety