If someone asked you if teenagers should be allowed to drive 18-wheelers, your gut instinct may be that it sounds like a very bad idea. After all, teenagers already cause the most fatal car accidents per capita. They’re involved in a tremendous amount of serious injury accidents, as well.
Whenever people point out how many accidents they cause, one of the main reasons cited is inexperience. A lot of the mistakes that teens make are just things that happen because they’ve only driven for a few months or maybe a few years.
With all that in mind, it doesn’t seem to make much sense to put them behind the wheel of vehicles that weigh 80,000 lbs. They’re already causing the highest number of fatal accidents in standard passenger cars that weigh around 4,000 pounds. Large trucks are notorious for causing accidents that lead to catastrophic injuries for others due to the trucks’ own size and weight.
A new program is going to do just that
However, statistics aside, a new program in the United States aims to do exactly that: Setting up an apprenticeship program to let teens drive 18-wheelers. There has been a truck driver shortage for years now, and recent supply chain issues have only made things worse. This is one way that people are trying to alleviate that shortage.
But is it going to be worth it? Or are teen truck drivers going to cause an astronomical amount of severe accidents in the coming years? Only time will tell, but it is clear that those who are injured or lose loved ones in truck accidents must know about all of their legal options.