Big Rigs and Older Drivers
From warehouse to trucks, from the roads to the stores, our nation relies on the commercial trucking industry to transport goods across all areas of the U.S. According to the ATA, or the American Trucking Association, over 80% of all freight which is transported in the U.S. each year is delivered by trucks. Consumers and all types of consumer industries such as the food industry, transportation, retail industry and healthcare depend on the trucking industry to deliver products such as groceries, clothing, medical supplies and auto parts. With America’s growing consumption each year, America’s trucking industry has been facing a severe shortage in drivers. In efforts to account for this shortage, trucking companies have been hiring older or retired drivers. Currently around 10% of commercial truck drivers are aged 65 or older. Although hiring drivers who are their in retirement age may help with the shortage of truck drivers, does this have any affect on our nation’s highways?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, there were 3,903 fatalities and estimated 111,000 injuries from crashes which involved large trucks in 2014. When accidents occur involving commercial vehicles, many times they are caused by mechanical failures, but there are times when the driver is at fault.
During the summer of 2009 a semi which was driven by a 76 year old man rolled on top of three cars which killed 10 people.
In August 2016, a 70 year old driver of a New Jersey Transit bus t-boned into another bus causing two fatalities.
Another accident also occurred in August 2016 when a 74 year old who was driving a truck hauling stones crashed into traffic in a construction zone in New York injuring ten people.
CBS News has conducted a five month study to investigate the potential dangers of older truck drivers on the nation’s highways. To learn more about this study visit CBS News.
Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney
No one should ever be discriminated against due to their age, but if you or someone you love has been involved in an accident due to the negligence of the driver of a commercial vehicle, seeking the advice from an experienced personal injury attorney can make all the difference. Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz has over 5 decades of experience with personal injury cases and we are here to make sure you receive the compensation which you are entitled to. Contact our office today to set up an appointment for your free consultation.