An analysis of truck accidents prepared by CBS News looked at truck accidents occurring between 2013 and 2015. According to that report, there was a 19 percent jump in semi-truck accidents involving truckers in their 70s, 80s, and 90s. There were over 6,600 semi-truck accidents involving older truckers in these age ranges across just 12 states, including Texas.
A highway patrol officer who investigated a fatal semi crash involving a trucker in his 70s says the driver shortage in the trucking industry is responsible for the surge in older truck drivers. “The industry is looking for truck drivers. There’s a shortage of truck drivers. So they’re not going to self-regulate. The only way that could be done is on the federal level.”
Currently, there is no age restriction in the trucking industry. Truckers don’t have to retire at a certain age, and trucking companies don’t have to impose age limits on their workforce. Carrier companies are permitted to hire any truck driver regardless of age. Some carriers report hiring people in their 80s and even 90s to drive semi-trucks.
This is a sharp contrast to other mass transit industries. For example, commercial airline pilots are required to retire at age 65 regardless of their health.