When you’re thinking about the average truck driver, you’re likely thinking about a long-haul trucker in an 18-wheeler. We have all passed these huge trucks on the interstate, with drivers crossing the country endlessly as they move goods and materials.
One important thing to note, though, is that most truck drivers are not semi-truck drivers, and they may not have commercial licenses or that much experience. There are a few important statistics that back this up.
The rise of the local delivery truck
To see just how things stack up, consider that there are roughly 2 million 18-wheelers in the United States. There are also about 3.5 million truck drivers or those with a commercial driver’s license (CDL). However, there are 15.5 million trucks operating within the United States. If you set aside roughly 2 million as semis, that means there are nearly 13.5 million other trucks being used on a daily basis.
Many of these are local delivery trucks and vans. Drivers may rarely spend time on the interstate, or they’ll just use it for moving from one part of the city to the next. Most of their miles are put in on local roads and streets. They deliver all sorts of goods directly to the consumers who bought them, something that has become more and more important every year as people continue to buy things online — and on their phones — at an unprecedented rate.
Have you been injured in an accident?
You have to share the road with many of these drivers, and you need to know how to seek compensation if you get injured in an accident caused by a trucker of any kind.