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Trucking driving and safety

Ohio residents who operate commercial and work vehicles should be aware of the importance of safety while driving. A fleet management systems provider conducted an examination of the driving behaviors of over 6,200 fleet customers. The data was obtained from a two-year period spanning October 2015 through September 2017 and included information regarding small and midsize enterprises that had two to 200 trucks, along with various other types of vehicles, such as light vans.

For the assessment, the company considered the number of fatalities for vehicle miles traveled, the average speeding events for each mile and the average speeding events for each day. The results indicated that the safest states in the country for the types of commercial vehicle drivers were located along the East Coast, despite its numerous traffic issues in and around the I-95 corridor and other areas. The 10 safest states, beginning with the safest, included Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, New Hampshire, Washington and Virginia.

The least safest parts of the country for the commercial vehicle drivers were in the northern Midwest, South and Midwest. The top 10 most dangerous states, beginning with the most dangerous, included Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Vermont, Virginia and Connecticut led the states with the least number of occurrences of commercial vehicle drivers with lead foot. The drivers tended to exceed the speed limit the most in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana.

Truck accidents can result in significant harm to occupants of other vehicles. People who have been injured as a result of a collision caused by a speeding or otherwise negligent truck driver might want to have the help of an attorney when pursuing compensation for their medical bills and other losses.

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