In today’s economy more and more individuals are working past the
retirement age of 65, including truck drivers. In fact, there were more
than 6,636 accidents involving elderly drivers in only 12 states, according
to a CBS News analysis of crash data. With the industry’s shortage
in truck drivers, trucking schools are actually making an effort to recruit
seniors with the allure of good benefits and money that may help supplement
During the 1990s, there was an awareness that reaction time and stamina
were not as sharp in older drivers, and there was consideration to implement
skill tests for older commercial drivers. However, those ideas never came
to fruition given the shortage of labor and even the possibility of political
backlash due to age discrimination laws.
The industry continues to seek out and train older drivers and, since it
is in accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
guidelines, there is nothing prohibiting them from recruiting older drivers.
With an estimated 48,000 drivers needed to move 70% of the nation’s
goods, the situation presents a predicament on many levels. This shortage
of labor is a problem that even the aviation industry faces in regards
to pilots. However, they enforce a mandatory retirement age of 65. No
such regulation exists in the trucking industry.
Biren Law Group has a team of skilled injury lawyers that utilize the best
medical and damage experts to maximize your chances of receiving compensation
for your injuries. In a
truck accident, it is not always clear who is at fault and the driver may not be the
only party held liable for your injuries or loss. Having knowledgeable
representation can help field through the intricacies of these complex
laws and ensure that you receive the best possible outcome for your case.
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