Safest and most dangerous states for work vehicle drivers

Missouri residents who drive commercial vehicles for work purposes will want to know about a study recently conducted by Verizon Connect, a fleet management systems provider. The company analyzed driver behaviors from more than 6,200 of its fleet customers to find out which states were the safest and most dangerous for work vehicle drivers. The data spanned from October 2015 to September 2017, and the customers ranged from small to mid-size businesses with 2 to 200 work vehicles.

It turns out the safest states are clustered on the East Coast, despite well-known traffic problems on Interstate 95. Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut were the top three safest states while the least safe were Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. South Dakota also saw the most instances of speeding. The Midwest and the South were by far the most dangerous regions.

However, truckers are not always to blame for accidents as they often encounter negligent or reckless behavior from other drivers. Teletrac Navman, another fleet management systems provider, held a month-long contest welcoming responses from the drivers of CMVs and other work vehicles. These drivers complained of other motorists speeding, providing too little stopping distance, failing to use turn signals and creeping along in the blind spot.

When truckers are to blame for another's injuries, the victim could be eligible for compensation. This will mean filing a claim against the trucking company and negotiating with its lawyers for a settlement. It could even mean taking the case to court. This is why hiring a lawyer is often so crucial. Legal counsel could hire professionals in the medical field and the field of accident investigation, for example, and handle all negotiations no matter how aggressive the other side's tactics become.

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