Numerous studies have shown that young, inexperienced drivers are at an increased risk of being involved in a motor vehicle collision. That’s why the current law prohibits anyone under age 21 from operating a commercial tractor-trailer.
Our Indiana truck accident lawyers at Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers explain that, despite data showing the increased risks young drivers face behind the wheel, lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would allow younger drivers to get behind the wheel of a big rig.
According to an article from The Indiana Gazette, the legislation would allow teens as young as 18-years-old to haul interstate commerce in commercial tractor-trailers while working up to 82 hours per week. The only restriction would be that teen drivers couldn’t haul hazardous materials, oversize loads, or overweight loads.
Those in favor of the changes say the new rules would boost the number of young Americans who would consider truck driving as a career. Those who are opposed to the reform believe the changes would only make an already dangerous vehicle an even greater hazard.
The bill was added to another piece of transportation legislation that is currently under consideration by the Senate Commerce Committee.
At Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers, we understand how complex the regulations and rules that govern the trucking industry can be. That’s why our Indiana personal injury lawyers are anxious to see whether lawmakers will approve or reject this change to regulations.