Dangerous Jobs: 4 Things You Never Realized About the Trucking Industry


Every consumable good in the US has been transported at some point. Most of the goods that you purchase were transported to the store via a truck. Here are some of the things that you may have never realized about the trucking industry.


80% of Goods Go by Truck


The economy in the US is highly dependent on the trucking industry. Trucks transport by far and away the most goods to consumers. It accounts for more than $700 billion of consumable goods each year. There are other methods of transportation. Airplanes, trains, and boats are other means of transporting retail goods. Trucks also carry goods to Canada and Mexico. The revenue generated by the trucking industry is expected to increase by 75% in the next six years.


432 Billion Miles Logged


If you added up all the miles logged by truck drivers each year, it would total enough to go to Pluto and back almost 25 times. On average, truck drivers travel 2,000 to 3,000 miles every week. There are restrictions on the number of hours that truck drivers are allowed to work. There is a cap of 70 hours per week with an 11 hour daily limit. Truckers are also required to take a break after eight hours. This is to ensure the safety of the drivers and other people on the roads.


7.1 Million Work in Trucking


There are 1.3 million trucking companies in the US. Roughly 90% of the trucking companies out there only have six or fewer trucks. This makes the trucking industry one of the largest industries in the US. In fact, it’s one of the most common occupations in 29 states. If you looked at the overall statistics of the industry, 6% of the people who work in the US are employed by the trucking industry. There are more regular truck drivers than heavy duty truck drivers. Heavy duty trucks are typically classified as semi-trucks.


Trucking Is the Most Hazardous Job


Statistics show that truck drivers have one of the most hazardous jobs out there. In 2016, there were 918 deaths of those employed in the trucking industry. In terms of fatal injuries, that means there were almost 25 deaths for every 100,000 workers. In general, transportation deaths account for 40% of all workplace related accidents. This is likely due to the long hours that truckers work in order to get where they’re going. Due to the size of these vehicles, deadly trucking accidents are more common.


If you think about, you wouldn’t have much without the trucking industry. How would your food get to you? How would the stores you shop at get their products? You’ve probably never realized it before but this industry actually has a huge impact on all of our lives.

By: Hannah Whittenly

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