Louisiana residents should know that the South, along with the Midwest, is considered the least safe region for the drivers of work trucks like big rigs, pick-ups and light vans. This is according to a study from Verizon Connect, a fleet management systems provider. It studied the driver behavior of more than 6,200 of its fleet customers, mostly small or mid-size businesses with a fleet of 2 to 200 vehicles. This data spanned from October 2015 to September 2017.
The safest states were Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New York. Despite consistent traffic problems along Interstate 95, it appears that the East Coast is the safest region. The most dangerous states were Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Kentucky and Mississippi. South Dakota saw the most instances of speeding, and Vermont the least.
The safety of road conditions generally depends on how passenger vehicles mix with work trucks. To determine what truckers think about current road safety, Teletrac Navman welcomed submissions during a month-long contest. The following are the major issues that truckers cited: passenger cars cutting off trucks, speeding, failing to use turn signals and hanging in a truck's blind spot.
Truckers also advise passenger vehicle drivers to avoid distractions and pull over when drowsy. They mentioned that drivers should know their limits in inclement weather. Even other truckers can become negligent about these.
Fortunately for those who are injured in truck accidents through no fault of their own, personal injury law gives them the right to file for compensation. Trucking companies can be aggressive in denying payment, though, so might be helpful to have a lawyer on board. Personal injury firms usually have a network of professionals who can investigate the accident and determine the extent of the injuries. The lawyer may decide to handle all negotiations and, as a last resort, take cases to court.