Safety-Driven Transportation Providers Deliver High-Ranking Advantages

Summary

Safety-driven cultures protect drivers, employees, public motorists, and overall freight commodities. Using a safety focused transportation service grounded in well-being and risk management can deliver incentives and wide-ranging benefits. A safety- first strategy ensures a strong industry reputation, reduces legal and financial liabilities, eliminates OPEX in driver recruiting-training-retention, and can help manage rising insurance rates.

Safety has a direct impact on a shippers’ supply chain, business operations and costs. While some may rank safety behind revenue and expenses, those that prioritize safety show positive impacts and results. Organizations that have high safety standards, understand the impacts safety has on revenue and costs. They prioritize safety across operations and all aspects of the organization. Hours of service compliance for drivers, hazmat paperwork compliance, securing permits, equipment checks and reviews are just a few areas that concern safety in transportation management.

Prioritizing Safety Leads to Better Outcomes

The trucking industry accounts for 70% of all freight moving within the United States. 80% of U.S. communities depend on trucks to deliver goods like raw materials, food, medicine and other commodities that influence everyday lives. This sheer volume of goods delivered by trucks makes this industry a cornerstone of the U.S. economy (U.S. Transport, 2019).

The annual average number of U.S. truck accidents varies from year to year due to factors like changes in traffic volume, road conditions, and safety regulations. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were approximately 499,000 police-reported crashes of all severity [minor to major] involving large trucks in 2019. The average cost of a semi-truck accident can vary significantly depending on factors such as the severity of the accident, property damage, lost wages, medical expenses, legal fees, insurance costs, regulatory fines and more.

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