A new law called the DRIVE-SAFE Act has been proposed in response to a nationwide shortage of commercial truck drivers. The new law, which is being considered by U.S. Congress would allow teens to drive 18-wheelers across state lines. Currently, commercial truck drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 are not permitted to cross state lines. This rule was enacted over 20 years ago by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation to make our roads safer.
Studies indicate that drivers under the age of 21 are more likely to be involved in automobile accidents. Inexperienced drivers behind the wheel of a tractor trailer weighing up to 80,000 pounds could lead to more serious truck accidents and fatalities. Training does not replace experience when it comes to operating 18-wheelers. Allowing younger drivers to operate semi-trucks may help businesses move more goods across the country, but what impact will it have on the safety of our roadways?
Find Out How An Orlando Trucking Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case
Trucking companies can be held liable for injuries and damage that occur due to a number of factors, including insufficient driver training, unreasonable driver schedules, attempts to transport more weight than is allowable, failure to provide proper maintenance of the truck and its equipment, and the failure to equip trucks with necessary safety devices such as blind spot mirrors. In an effort to protect their own best interests, many trucking companies will discourage victims and their families from retaining legal representation, often offering small settlements in lieu of expensive court battles. It is vital, however, that you do not discuss the particulars of your case with anyone from the trucking company or its insurance representatives until first consulting with our experienced Orlando Truck Accident Attorneys to discuss your legal options.