While many older truckers are reliable and skilled drivers, long periods of time behind the wheel can become increasingly difficult with age, which can lead to serious accidents.
Statistics show that the number of older drivers will double over the next 30 years with the percentage of commercial truck drivers aged 65 and older increasing, as well.
The truth is that trucking companies are addressing a shortage of truck drivers by keeping older truckers on the road and recruiting older drivers as a second or third career. While many older drivers are justifiably proud of their driving skills, driving long distances and in heavy traffic is exhausting for drivers of any age—and the older individuals get, the more difficult it becomes to stay concentrated for long periods of time to address constantly changing road conditions.
Too often, our firm has seen trucking companies that have left unfit drivers on the road, making the company liable for the accident. We believe that unfit truck drivers and negligent trucking companies should be held accountable for the harm they cause.
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A 2005 study by the American Trucking Association said the heavy-duty long haul trucking industry had a shortage of approximately 20,000 drivers. The study said 1/5 of all long haul truck drivers were 55 or older. According to the study, about 3.7% of the truck drivers were 65 and older in 2004, which was an increase from 4 years earlier.
While older truck drivers typically have more experience and may be more cautious, research has established that age-related declines in cognitive, perceptual, and physical abilities are linked with an increased accident risk. According to a report by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), older adults are at increased risk of being involved in crashes.
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Our attorneys have also successfully handled cases involving speeding, driver error, aggressive driving, driving while impaired, negligent maintenance, and issues of corporate responsibility in commercial vehicle accidents of all types. We handle cases throughout the United States. If your family's financial future is at stake after a serious accident, turn to a law firm that has helped victims of these accidents secure their future. Call (888) 490-0442 now to take the first step in your case!