We don’t often consider the link between the way that someone is paid and the safety to those around them. And, for many jobs, there is no link at all. For truck drivers, though, it’s another story.
The main way drivers are paid is by the mile. You can also find examples of hourly pay and salaried workes if you’d like, but most don’t fall into this category.
But should they? Would it be safest to put them on salary? After all, paying by the mile encourages things like working long hours, driving when you’re too tired to drive, breaking the speed limit or driving when conditions are so bad that you should pull over. Truck drivers are not free to make these rational decisions because slowing down, stopping or working fewer hours means actively choosing to make less money.
If they were on salary, though, they would know that they were going to make the same amount of money no matter what. That would take some of the pressure off. It would mean that they could make decisions based strictly on safety, without outside factors coming into it at all. And, best of all, that would mean that the danger to those driving near these semis would decrease.
Unfortunately, this is not often done. Truck accidents continue to happen and the risks continue to exist because the way companies choose to pay their workers promotes unsafe behavior. That’s not the reason for every accident, but it does play into it.
As such, those who get injured in accidents with these large trucks must know how to seek financial compensation. When you’ve been injured by someone else’s mistake, it isn’t right to bear the financial burdens all alone.