Work truck safety: the rankings by state

Georgia residents should know that the South is the least safe region for drivers of work trucks, such as light vans, pickups and big rigs. This is just one of the conclusions that Verizon Connect, a fleet management systems provider, came to during a recent study.

Using data spanning from October 2015 to September 2017, researchers analyzed driver behavior from more than 6,200 of Verizon Connect's fleet customers. These included small and mid-size businesses with anywhere from 2 to 200 work trucks. Researchers found that the safest states for work truck drivers were on the East Coast.

The top five safest states were Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New York. The most dangerous states were Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Kentucky and Mississippi. Speeding was most frequent in South Dakota and most infrequent in Vermont.

While the drivers of trucks and other work vehicles may be to blame for many accidents, passenger vehicle drivers are certainly not exempt. Another fleet management systems provider, Teletrac Navman, received submissions from truckers across the nation expressing their concern about other drivers' behavior. The most common complaints were against passenger vehicles speeding, cutting off trucks, failing to use turn signals and creeping along in blind spots. Truckers also stated their concern around other truckers, many of whom may drive distracted or fatigued.

When such negligence leads to trucking accidents, those who are not to blame may be able to receive compensation for their injuries, vehicle damage and other losses. This is where a lawyer may come in, evaluate the case and have investigators and other third-party experts build it up if it's viable. The lawyer may negotiate with the trucking company's own legal representatives, and if a settlement cannot be reached out of court, he or she might litigate.

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