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The 7th Most Dangerous Job in America

The 7th Most Dangerous Job in America

by | Jan 15, 2019 | Uncategorized

During the early morning hours of January 4th, 2019, tow truck driver Keith Holt, 46, was struck and killed in a hit-and-run collision on the shoulder of I-20. He was assisting a woman with a stalled vehicle on the side of the highway, the standard procedure for tow truck drivers, when the white Nissan Altima swerved into the right lane shoulder. This workplace condition was common for Holt, and is a regular work environment for a tow truck operator; a job more dangerous than one might think.

Truck and sales drivers are ranked #7 on Time’s top ten list of most dangerous jobs in America. This study also reported that transportation accidents, such as towing, made up 40% of all 2016 workplace deaths, making it the leading cause of job fatalities in the United States. Additionally, the Texas Department of Transportation reports that CMV accidents (referring to motor vehicles of a certain weight used in transporting people or property) in Tarrant County is ranked #4 in the state. Fort Worth saw 24,786 total car accidents in 2016, with 88 of them being fatal. Considerably, these dangers also apply to non-transport or truck operating occupations on the road, such as state highway workers, EMTs, and police officers, whose work also places them in vulnerable situations.

Responding to the nature of these jobs, Texas passed the Move-Over Law in 2003 that ordered drivers to slow down, and move over if possible, when passing emergency vehicles with lights activated on the shoulder of the highway. However, this law hadn’t applied to a number of other roadside employees, such as state highway workers, until 8 years later when it was amended in 2011. This amendment was in part a response to several Texas Department of Transportation workers being injured or killed while working in and around Texas highways, two of them occurring in August and September of 2008.

Texas Move-Over LawKeeping Tow Truck Operators Safe

State Senator Robert Nichols of Senate District 3 sponsored the amendment and acknowledged the dangers of roadside jobs, stating: “as a former Texas Department of Transportation Commissioner, I believe that safety should be a top priority. These men and women are at risk every time they put on their orange vests and work on our roads.” He continued on to say, “even one preventable death is too many. In my opinion, this legislation is past due and I look forward to seeing it passed into law.” Senate Bill 510 was passed into law with overwhelming support.

Every day drivers can make a difference in creating a safer environment for emergency vehicles, tow truck operators, and drivers. Titan Towing experienced an accident in May of 2018, in which no one was seriously hurt, when a tow truck operator was hit by a woman who was texting while driving on the highway. Many of these roadside accidents are caused by negligent driving, which can be prevented with a few simple measures like monitoring cell phone use while driving, paying attention to surroundings, and slowing down and moving over, if possible, when passing stopped vehicles to help make the folks Titan Towing and other roadside employees safer.

 

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The 7th Most Dangerous Job in America

During the early morning hours of January 4th, 2019, tow truck driver Keith Holt, 46, was struck and killed in a hit-and-run collision on the shoulder of I-20. He was assisting a woman with a stalled vehicle on the side of the highway, the standard procedure for tow truck drivers, when the white Nissan Altima swerved into the right lane shoulder. This workplace condition was common for Holt, and is a regular work environment for a tow truck operator; a job more dangerous than one might think.

Texas Move-Over Law: Keeping Tow Truck Operators Safe

For Titan Towing drivers, safety is the highest priority as they work in precarious situations to move vehicles out of traffic on busy Dallas-Fort Worth freeways. The tow truck operators depend on other drivers to follow laws that keep them, and other motorists, safe.

Titan Does More Than Towing

If an accident occurs on the roadway, most people know that a tow truck driver can help by moving a damaged vehicle off the road or to another location. However, full-service professionals like Titan Towing do much more.

How to Choose a Good Towing Company

There are lots of towing companies in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Some are full-service, like Titan Towing,while others only do tows. No matter what type of service you need, there are some important factors to consider when choosing a towing company.

Drowsy Drivers After Daylight Saving Time

There are certain times of year when tow truck drivers are busier and one of those times has to do with time itself. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), forty percent more drivers are involved in automobile accidents during Daylight Saving Time which results in about 100,000 more accidents across the country. With many more drivers on the road, heavily populated areas such as Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth, can make the demand for a tow truck go up each spring and fall when Daylight Saving Time occurs.

Avoid the Need for a Tow During the Winter Months

Winter weather is just around the corner in DFW bringing the possibility of snow, ice, and increased calls to Titan Towing. During prior winters, we have seen how severe weather can create an unintended ice rink on the roadways of Fort Worth, Arlington, the Mid-Cities, and everywhere in-between. However, that does not mean you will be the one who may need a tow if you take some simple precautions.

One Hundred Years of Tow Truck History

There are lots of people in history that helped shaped the world we live in today. Many of them were inventors like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison who saw a need for improvement and created inventions to change a situation for the better. One such inventor, not as well known as Franklin and Edison, but just as important nonetheless was Ernest Holmes, Sr.

Your Vehicle’s Towing Capacity

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. It’s the time of year when people get out on the road to enjoy a vacation or to take advantage of the warmer weather for the weekend. For many in the DFW area, this involves everything from visiting the area lakes, to camping, to car shows, and rodeos. Many of these activities include towing a boat, trailer, camper, or other recreational vehicles. So, it’s always important to know your vehicle’s towing capacity.

Stay Safe While Waiting for a Tow

Some safety tips that many people are aware of while waiting for a tow truck to arrive are to turn on their hazard lights and to make sure their vehicle is out of the way of traffic. There are also several other precautions for drivers in the Dallas Fort Worth area that can ensure you are doing everything possible to keep yourself out of harm’s way until help arrives.