More on Sweatshops on Wheels
More on Sweatshops on Wheels

We have reported on the increase in big rigs on our interstates, and the increase in severity in accidents. The Tracy Morgan/Walmart truck crash got attention because the seriously injured victim was famous. Unfortunately, nothing has been done for the rest of us since that accident, and things are getting more dangerous.

It has been said that big rigs are “sweatshops on wheels” because drivers are economically motivated to stay on the road to make as much money as possible. We also know that their employers see to it that rules are bent. This puts everyone on the road in jeopardy of being injured or killed by a fatigued driver.

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A southern California study revealed that workers are being forced to drive for excessive hours for next to no pay. Big truck companies are exploiting their workers, forcing drivers to finance their own trucks, then using the payments as leverage to force workers to drive well over the legal number of hours allowed. When a trucker gets sick and can’t work, or the truck needs expensive repairs, the truck company fires the worker, and keeps the truck and all the money the worker paid toward ownership. The name of this is indentured servitude. These trucks have truly become sweatshops on wheels.

The bottom line: Working people are being hurt financially, and the public is at greater risk of injury and death.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in a truck accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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