According to research, as of 2017, America will be faced with over 250,000
unfilled truck driver positions. The potential shortage has left many
trucking and transportation companies fearing they will be unable to fulfill
normal duties. In hopes of fixing this problem, truck companies and Congress
have pursued changing the legal age requirement of interstate commercial
truck drivers from 21 to 18 years old. However, many people feel this
change could result in more fatal accidents on highways and freeways.
Presently, 48 states allow 18-year-old truck drivers to operate large,
80,000-pound big rigs within state borders. Of course, this has led the
American Truck Association to think young individuals should also be allowed
to drive nationally. The organization believes the expansion could help
alleviate the unfilled truck driver problem.
Research proves young and inexperienced drivers have a greater likelihood
of causing fatal accidents. In 2012, persons from the ages of 16-19 years
old were responsible for roughly 60% of car accident deaths. With this
new effort of decreasing the legal driving age for interstate truck drivers,
many people feel the roads, freeways, and highways will become more dangerous.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety feels no matter how much training
is required of young drivers, the safety of motorists will be jeopardized
because young truck drivers lack experience when driving the large vehicles.
We Represent Victims of Truck Accidents in Washington, DC and Surrounding Areas
If you’ve been involved in a
truck accident, it is important to seek experienced legal representation as soon as possible.
If a truck driver caused your accident, you may be eligible to receive
financial compensation for any physical harm, emotional distress, and
lost wages you face as a result. Our Washington, DC truck accident attorneys
are committed to helping individuals who’ve been injured by negligent
drivers. When your safety is on the line, you cannot afford to wait another minute.
Get in touch with our Washington, DC truck accident lawyers from Simeone & Miller, LLP
to see how we can begin building your case.