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The transportation industry plays a massive role in the United States economy. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, one out of every seven people working in the country work in the transportation industry. Trucking is a major part of transportation in this country. According to the most recent information available, the nation’s freight transportation system handled approximately 16 billion tons of goods for millions of businesses and hundreds of millions of individuals. Understandably, the government keeps a close eye on this massive industry – after all, trucks can cause some of the most devastating crashes on the road.
While the total number of truck crashes has steadily decreased over the past few decades, thousands of people are still killed in these types of accidents every year, and tens of thousands more are injured. While we hope the trend continues, we have to be concerned that the prevalence of smart phones and other electronic devices with their potential to distract drivers, and slow down or reverse the trend. The majority of the responsibility rests on the drivers and the trucking companies, but depending on the situation a number of other factors controlled by other sources could come into play and influence these incidents.