After you work behind a desk for several decades, driving a truck may seem like a great option. In most cases, if you have a decent driving record, you can make a pretty good living by moving goods from one location to another. You also have the opportunity to see the country. Due to these appealing factors, truck driving has become the chosen profession for those who are getting close to retirement age and many who are past this point.
Unfortunately, that can lead to a number of problems. Why, you may wonder? Because, more and more older truck drivers are getting into and causing accidents – especially in the state of Florida.
Proof is in the Numbers
If you take a look at the statistics, you can see the trend in this situation. Between the years of 2013 and 2015, there were 1,264 truck accidents that involved drivers who were 70 years old or older. The only other state that had more truck accidents that involved seniors was Texas, with 1,658 accidents. CBS Investigation recently examined trucking accidents in 12 different states and discovered that drivers 70 years of age and older (including a number of drivers in their 90s) caused more than 6,000 accidents between the years of 2013 and 2015.
This represents a 19% increase from past years.
What can Be Done About these Alarming Statistics?
While you may be able to argue that these are drivers that are more experienced or careful, the question of whether drivers need to be screened through the years is still an important one. After all, what happens if a driver begins to lose his or her vision when they reach the age of 70? Or, how can a trucking company know if a driver begins to doze while behind the wheel?
Until policies are changed, the number of seniors being involved in trucking accidents is going to continue to go up. Truck accidents result in more financial damage and serious injuries than regular motor vehicle accidents. If you are on the road with large trucks, you should always proceed with more caution than usual.
Tips for Preventing Truck Accidents
The good news is, there are several steps you can take to help prevent truck accidents. These include the following:
- Keep an adequate amount of distance between you and any large trucks on the road.
- If passing a truck, do it as quickly as you can while being safe.
- If you have to pull over, be sure to get completely off the road.
- Don’t do anything while driving that may enrage another driver, especially a truck driver.
Unfortunately, even if you are a law-abiding and cautious driver, there is no way to prevent the actions of others who are on the road. If you are involved in an accident with a truck driver that causes damages or injuries, then you may be able to recover monetary compensation. Working with a personal injury lawyer is the best thing you can do to ensure you receive any benefits you may be entitle to for your pain and suffering. To learn more, contact the personal injury lawyers at Fetterman & Associates by calling (561) 845-2510.