Truck drivers, often working alongside driver or sales workers, carry the weight of transporting goods across extensive distances, which may involve journeys spanning state lines or even the entire country. Operating commercial trucks, such as tractor-trailers, tankers, or flatbeds, is an integral part of their role. To perform this job, truck drivers must possess a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) and adhere to the stringent regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), including compliance with driving hour limits and weight restrictions.
Prolonged hours on the road can lead to debilitating fatigue, impairing driving abilities and elevating the likelihood of accidents. Truck drivers face a constant risk of accidents driven by factors like poor road conditions, adverse weather, and interactions with other motorists. The physical demands of driving for extended periods can result in repetitive motion injuries, causing ailments like back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. Those tasked with transporting hazardous materials in tanker trucks or similar vehicles also confront the peril of exposure to toxic chemicals and gases. The nature of the job, characterized by isolation, extended periods away from home, and high levels of stress, can contribute to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, the profession carries a high fatal injury rate, standing at 24.3 fatalities per 100,000 workers.