LAS VEGAS, Nevada. According to Northwestern, women account for only 6% of the trucking workforce. While women face bias in all areas on employment, female laborers and truck drivers may face added hurdles. One unexamined reason why there may not be as many women truck drivers may have something to do with the fact that most trucks are designed for men. Women truck drivers may need adjustments to be comfortable and safe behind the wheel. According to Trucks.com, one Miami truck company boasts a “female-friendly” vehicle that women can lease. The truck includes adjusted cab grab handles and gauges, adjustable seat belt straps, and a more female-accessible security system for the cab. Yet, not all companies may be willing to pay for these features. Worse, sometimes women are asked to foot the bill for these added features, cutting into their earnings, and increasing the wage gap between women and men.
When women forego these safety and accessibility features, they may be sacrificing their safety. After all, the job of your seat belt is to secure you in an accident. If your seat belt doesn’t fit properly, you could be put in danger in the event of a crash. Furthermore, if a cab isn’t comfortable, these drivers may have greater difficulty staying safe. For instance, accessible trucks make oil and coolant checks easier for women. If these checks are more difficult, female drivers may not perform these essential safety checks, putting themselves and others potentially at risk.
Companies have a responsibility to protect the safety of all their workers, not just the men. If you are a truck driver and believe that your injury was the result of unsafe working conditions, or your truck company’s failure to address accessibility of your truck, consider speaking to the attorneys at the George R. Fusner law firm in Nashville. Our firm understands the unique challenges that truck drivers face and we understand the added pressures that female drivers may also experience. At the end of the day, when the truck industry fails to put safety first, it should be held accountable. You and your family may be entitled to seek damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages.
Lack of safety measures are not the only risks women truck drivers face on the job. Women hear about the major trucker shortage and look for work in the industry, only to face sexism—and in some extreme cases—assault. Because the issue is so prevalent, truck companies may not allow female workers to train with a man. This can lead to issues of access for women who want to break into the industry. Rather than holding male workers accountable for their actions, the companies seem to just be making it more difficult for women to get the training they need. Women may also be passed over for jobs just because of their gender, even when they have better driving records and more experience.
It’s tough out there. However, if you have been assaulted or hurt due to your truck company’s failure to provide proper protections, you may be able to seek damages for your personal injury, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. Visit our Nashville Tennessee accident lawyer’s website at gfusnerlaw.com to learn more.