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On Demand Trucking

On Demand Trucking – Some Call It Innovation, But Will Safety Be Considered? Today’s guest blog is by Attorneys Greer, Swafford, & Adams are truck accident lawyers in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Marc J. Victor, P.C.

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee. According to Business Insider, Amazon and other companies are looking to launch an app similar to Uber, but for the trucking industry. The app would reportedly connect truck drivers with shippers who need goods delivered. Amazon hopes to tap into the $800 billion trucking industry. According to Business Insider, the app would offer pricing options as well as offer drivers directions, and recommendations for stops.

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On Demand Trucking

Yet, the app opens itself to some of the same criticisms Uber and Lyft’s apps face. Do these apps create distractions for drivers on the road, and will they encourage truck drivers to violate federal hours of service laws? Currently, drivers are also limited in how long they can drive a shift. However, by making drivers on-demand, the service may reward drivers who cut corners.

Some safety features on the app will limit the number of buttons a driver can push when driving. Yet, the question remains—should drivers be pushing any buttons at all, given strict laws on cell phone use among truck drivers? According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, federal law limits the use of hand-held devices by all truck drivers. Drivers are required to use only hands-free devices while driving. However, under the federal law, drivers can push one button. The law comes into effect when drivers push more than one button—so, it appears that the app is in compliance with federal laws. Yet, if a driver needs to look at a screen or needs to reach for his or her phone when an alert comes in, the driver could still be in violation of federal laws.

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Many of these companies are looking to break into the on-demand trucking niche; in the hopes that they’ll be ahead of the curve should self-driving trucks take to the roadways. As it stands, one of the bigger costs the trucking industry faces is in hiring truck drivers. Would self-driving trucks be safer in the long term? Research seems to indicate that they would make roads safer. Most truck and passenger vehicle accidents are the result of driver or human error. Many truck accidents can be linked to driver error, driver fatigue, drug use, drinking, or other errors behind the wheel.

Truck companies and drivers, whether they are hired based on an on-demand system or use traditional logistics systems, are still required to abide by federal and local laws. When truck companies or drivers break the law or cut corners, they and other stakeholders; may be responsible for covering victims’ medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. As more stakeholders join the system, there may be more parties responsible after a crash.

Attorneys Greer, Swafford, & Adams are truck accident lawyers in Chattanooga, Tennessee who work closely with victims and families, helping them seek the recovery they may deserve under the law. If you or a loved one was hurt in a truck accident due to a driver’s negligence or neglect, contact us today at http://www.stephentgreer.com.

 

Citations:

http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-building-uber-for-trucking-app-2016-12

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/driver-safety/distracted-driving/mobile-phone-restrictions-fact-sheet

http://www.stephentgreer.com

http://www.stephentgreer.com/practice-areas/truck-accidents

 

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2017-08-04T16:06:44+00:00

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