Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss Proposed Changes to Arkansas Trucking Laws

Motor vehicle collisions are one of the leading causes of accidental death amongst young Americans today. Furthermore, transportation accidents are one of the leading causes of on-the-job fatalities in the United States. The Arkansas truck accident attorneys at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain that despite these statistics, lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow teenagers to get behind the wheel of commercial tractor-trailers.

Federal law mandates that any truck driver traveling across state borders must be at least 21 years old. But according to an article from joc.com, the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a bill that would allow anyone over age 18 to drive a tractor-trailer for interstate commerce.

The bill would allow young drivers to enter the trucking industry as apprentices prior to becoming fully licensed. Those in favor of the bill say it can help to ward off a shortage of truck drivers that is coming due to aging of the current population of drivers. They hope the move will prompt high school graduates to consider a career in the truck driving industry.

At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we understand the risks that come with jobs in the trucking industry, as well as the risks others on the road face while traveling among young, inexperienced motorists. That’s why our Arkansas personal injury lawyers are anxious to see if the new rules are passed during the upcoming legislative session.

 

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