Under federal law, no person under the age of 21 may haul commercial freight
across state lines. While some states will grant commercial vehicle licenses
to persons over the age of 18, this federal law reduces the risks of having
a young, inexperienced driver behind the wheel of a loaded, long-haul
tractor trailer truck.
The most recent highway funding bill in Congress proposes to reduce the
age requirements to either 18 or 19 years old. The American Trucking Association
is a group that often advocates in the legislature on behalf of trucking
companies. This organization and many trucking companies are pushing to
reduce this age requirement in order to have access to more driver candidates.
What’s at stake?
Numerous highway safety groups oppose this legislation citing an increased
risk of accidents by younger, less careful drivers. In short, the trucking
companies are putting profit ahead of safety. It’s a slippery slope
that does not end well for innocent victims of trucking accident. What's
next? 16 year old truck drivers? The judgment and experience level of
a person under the age of 21 is just not fully developed and the Georgia
drivers may be at risk of more trucking accidents because of this possible law.
Attorneys Jason Ferguson and James Paisley have represented countless victims
of trucking accidents and the facts are usually the same - a horrible
impact and severe injuries. We oppose this legislation and encourage all
of our friends and former clients to contact your Congressmen or Senator
and make your position known on this issue.
As always, if you or a loved one have been injured by a big truck, please
do not hesitate to call us.