Teen Truckers Could Soon be Hitting Georgia Roadways


November 27, 2017

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Teen Truckers Could Soon be Hitting the Roadways

Congress is currently weighing passage of a proposal, supported by the United States trucking industry, that would allow drivers as young as 18 years old to operate massive tractor trailers between states.  The plan is part of a larger highway legislation that the Senate is considering and it could lead to many more teen truckers driving tractor trailers nationwide. 

The President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety has spoken out against the measure, stating that we should be taking steps to reduce the number truck drivers under the age of 18 rather than expand their ability to drive trucks.  Currently, several states, including Georgia, allow those who are 18 to obtain commercial driving permits and drive large trucks, but they are confined to driving within their state.  Federal law does not allow teen truckers to operate across borders.  According to the President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, teen truck drivers are up to six times more likely to be involved in accidents with fatalities than their older counterparts. 

Currently, commercial trucking companies are struggling to employ enough truckers and they see this proposal as a way to increase the number of eligible drivers.  This driver shortage is expected to continue to get worse as more baby boomer-age truckers retire. 

Teen Drivers Are the Most At-Risk for Accidents 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are more at risk of motor vehicle accidents than any other age group.  Teen drivers account for 30 percent of motor vehicle accidents but only 14 percent of the population.  There are several factors that put teen drivers at risk, and these factors are likely to translate over into the realm of commercial truck driving as well, including the facts that:

  • Teen drivers are likely to underestimate dangerous driving situations and not recognize hazards. 
  • Teens are more likely than older drivers to exceed the speed limit and tailgate other drivers. 
  • Teens are more likely to drink and drive or drive under the influence of drugs.
  • Seat belt usage is lowest among the teen age group, contributing to teen driver deaths.

Regulators are considering the use of a graduated licensing system for teen truck drivers to ensure drivers get enough practice before setting off alone.  While some support this measure, others are wary to allow drivers so young to cross state borders driving 80,000 pound trucks. 

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If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else's negligence, contact Montlick & Associates today for your free consultation with an experienced Truck Accident Attorney in Georgia. Montlick & Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-three years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

Your Time to File a Claim is Limited By Georgia Law

There are time limitations for bringing a claim. Be sure to read our "Georgia Statute of Limitations" page for more information about important deadlines that effect your ability to file a truck accident injury claim. We also provide a "A Guide to Personal Injury Law in Georgia" that will help you better understand the laws the affect your case.  Do not delay in seeking legal assistance, as you have a limited amount of time to pursue a claim.

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Source:  http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-07-23/teen-truckers-spark-worry-as-congress-considers-lower-age-limit

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