The NWI Times investigates how the trucking industry impacts the local area, and in the latest series of NWI Times reports, written by Marc Chase and published on May 12, 2012, entitled “Industrial colossus: Region heavy truck companies generate millions in revenue,” the investigation delves into how important the trucking industry is to the local economy.
According to the NWI Times report, the northwest region of the State of Indiana receives approximately $3.2 billion in sales revenue from trucking (including freight hauling and logistics and its relationship between big semi / big rigs; railways; air and water freight) as well as the benefit of tens of thousands of jobs being built to generate that revenue each year.
Which is something to think about as we all drive the Northwest Indiana roads with these huge tractor-trailer, semi trucks. These heavy monsters are carrying loads of all sorts of cargo, including lots of product from local steel mills as well as weighty materials for construction and building.
As you drive along a local interstate and think about how powerful these big rigs are driving alongside sedans, SUVs, and minivans, you’re right. Those big trucks are often carrying very heavy cargo, not boxes of Styrofoam pellets or cartons of stuffed animals.
Which means that we must all be very aware of the dangers of collisions between big rig semi trucks and any other vehicle. People often die in these sorts of accidents, unfortunately: the inequality of the weights between the vehicles alone can count for some fatalities.
For more information, see our earlier posts dealing with trucking accidents including:
- American Trucking Association Continues Fight Against New Hours of Service (HOS) Rule With March 2012 Filing in Federal Court. Big Surprise.
- Distracted Driving Guidelines Proposed to Car Manufacturers by Department of Transportation: Safety That Some Drivers May Not Like
- New NHTSA Study Shows Increase in Deaths Caused by Big Rig, Semi, Tractor-Trailer Truck Crashes on Our Highways