Anyone in California who makes a living driving work vehicles like big rigs, vans or pick-ups will want to know about a study conducted by Verizon Connect. The fleet management systems provider examined the driver behavior of more than 6,200 of its fleet customers using data from October 2015 to September 2017. These customers were small and mid-size businesses with 2 to 200 work vehicles.
Verizon Connect was able to determine the safest states and the most dangerous states for work vehicle drivers. The safest are Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New York; the East Coast is the safest region in general despite well-known traffic problems along Interstate 95. The most dangerous states are Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota with the last being most prominent for speeders. The Midwest and South were discovered to be the least safe regions.
Many times, it’s other drivers who make the roads unsafe for truckers and other work vehicle operators. Teletrac Navman recently held a month-long survey asking truckers to share their concerns about what they encounter on the road. The most cited concern was that cars are cutting off trucks and giving them too little stopping distance. Other complained about those who speed and drivers failing to use their turn signals.
When truckers are to blame for an accident, their company could face an injury claim. Victims may want medical experts to determine the extent of their truck accident injuries and obtain all the available proof that the trucker was negligent. By turning to a legal firm, victims may rely on that firm’s network of professionals for those tasks. The lawyer might estimate a fair amount for a settlement and negotiate for it, litigating only as a last resort.