The trucking industry in the United States is going through many changes. Among these is a shortage of drivers. According to one estimate, approximately 50,000 drivers are required to move 70 percent of the country’s goods.
With this in mind, many trucking companies have come to recruit older drivers. At this time, drivers age 65 or older make up approximately 10 percent of all operators in the United States.
While there is nothing wrong with this, there is reason to believe that commercial vehicles driven by older individuals are more likely to be involved in an accident.
According to a CBS News analysis, over the past three years there was a 19 percent increase in accidents involving bus and commercial truck drivers in their 70s, 80s, and 90s.
Since the trucking industry is in need of drivers, hiring companies have no choice but to expand their search. This often leads them to take on truckers who may be too old to handle the demands of the profession. With no age limit in place, trucking companies can continue to hire people of all ages, even if it is not the safest thing to do.
As the driver of a passenger vehicle, you know you are always in close proximity to commercial vehicles. If you ever find yourself part of an accident, you should move your car to safety and immediately call 911 (if you are able to do so). As you focus on your health and well being, it’s important to also learn more about your legal rights and what the future will bring.
Source: CBS News, “Are older commercial truck drivers causing more danger on nation’s highways?,” accessed Sep. 08, 2017