The person driving the truck next to you on the freeway may be as young as 18. This is due to a new law that President Biden signed, which allows drivers under the age of 21 to start working as interstate drivers.
Younger truckers are now on the roads
The move to higher younger drivers is due to a crunch in the nation’s supply chain. However, this move was opposed by safety advocates. They pointed out that teenage drivers crash four times as often as older drivers. However, the trucking industry has claimed that it is 80,000 drivers short of what it needs.
President Biden signed the law expressly to facilitate more deliveries. What this means for drivers on the road is that younger operators will be in charge of some big rigs. Older and more experienced drivers may have to stay on their toes to avoid truck accidents.
Trucking accidents may be on the rise
Are you worried about the increase in truck crashes in Connecticut? The law signed by President Biden allows for a three-year pilot program to determine if lowering the age to 18 pays off. In the meantime, you may be exposed to more danger as a result of these younger drivers. Any number of accidents can happen on the road.
It’s a good idea to consider updating your insurance policy to make sure you have adequate coverage for this type of accident. Beyond that, your best bet is to drive safely and pay extra attention. Many truck accidents are caused by passenger car drivers not giving semi-trucks enough room on the road, so you can do your part to prevent a crash.