How Older Truck Drivers Are More Likely to Cause a Dangerous Truck Crash
The trucking industry is an open job market right now. There's little discrimination by gender or age, and on-the-job training is available to all qualified applicants. It's an open market because of drastic driver shortage: The American Trucking Association speculates the industry will need nearly 100,000 new drivers each year for the next decade to keep up with the demand to deliver consumer goods.
Because of a shortage of drivers, trucking companies are aggressively recruiting employees who are 65 or older. With so many people unprepared financially to retire, many are deciding to start a second career as a truck driver. Some of these truckers are driving well into their 80s and 90s. However, reports indicate that this trend may not be safe for them, or other motorists, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists who share the road.
Investigative Report Links Older Truck Drivers to an Increased Danger on Our Roadways
A CBS News investigation conducted for five months found that people who are 65 or older comprise approximately 10 percent of the truck drivers on our roads in the United States. The report also discovered that from 2013 through 2015, there was a 19 percent increase in accidents involving truck drivers who were in their 70s, 80s, and 90s. There were 6,636 crashes during this time period in just 12 states—with Idaho being one of them.
Why Are Older Truck Drivers More Unsafe Drivers?
Many people experience a decline in their physical and mental abilities as they age. While this can make driving a passenger vehicle more challenging, it can be even more dangerous if an older driver is driving a big rig weighing 80,000 pounds or more. These massive trucks require much more skill, attentiveness, and experience to drive safely. If older truckers get behind the wheel when they're really not competent to drive a semi, a truck accident is the likely consequence, with victims suffering devastating injuries or death. Some of the reasons that older truckers pose a greater danger include:
- Reduced vision
- Reduced hearing
- Lessened motor control
- Slower reaction times
- Medical problems
- Medications that might affect driving ability
Were you injured in a truck accident caused by an older truck driver? Was a family member killed? Alan Morton is here to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve. Contact our office today to schedule a free case evaluation.
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