According to a major study by a leading fleet management systems provider, California commercial truck drivers are the third most dangerous in the United States. As a resident of California, you may have noticed that truck drivers in California are not exactly the most cautious drivers in the U.S., but the findings of the study are nonetheless interesting.
Verizon Connect conducted its study based on a variety of factors, including such behaviors on the road as braking, cornering, and acceleration. The telematics provider analyzed the behaviors of more than 6,200 commercial truck drivers from October 2015 through September 2017.
Since a “truck” is a rather broad term, it is important to note that the study focused on a wide range of vehicles that fall into that category, including but not limited to light vans, pickups, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, and many more.
Least safe states for commercial truck drivers
“The study was divided into two sections: ranking the least safe states for commercial truck drivers and the most dangerous commercial truck drivers,” says our truck accident attorney from the Compass Law Group, LLP, after reviewing the findings of the study.
In the latter section, commercial truck drivers in California were ranked the third most dangerous in the U.S., surpassed only by Utah and Georgina. The safest truck drivers were in North Dakota, followed by Maine and Nebraska, according to the study.
As for the second section, California did not make it to the top 10 most dangerous states for commercial truck drivers. According to the study, states along the East Coast had the least deaths and speeding incidents involving commercial trucks in the U.S.
The top three safest states are Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The most dangerous states, on the other hand, are Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota.
Recovering damages after an Anaheim truck accident
It is not surprising that the study named California truck drivers one of the most dangerous in the entire state, as truck accidents in California often lead to catastrophic consequences. Despite the fact that the study analyzed fatalities and speeding as the only factors, there can be many other causes of truck accidents besides speeding.
These include but are not limited to overloaded trucks, truck drivers running red lights, fatigued or drowsy driving, distracted driving, drunk driving, faulty brake system, loss of control of the vehicle, and many more. The at-fault truck driver is not the only party who can be held liable for your injuries and damages.
Our Anaheim truck accident attorney explains that more often than not, the truck driver’s trucking company can be held liable as well, because trucking companies are often solely responsible for maintenance and inspection of trucks, loading trucks with cargo, as well as hiring, training and performing background checks on truck drivers.
If your lawyer can establish the truck driver and his or her trucking company’s negligence in a truck accident, you may be entitled to obtain a financial settlement to cover your medical expenses, loss of income, loss of earning capacity, property damage, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and many more.
Do not forget that trucking companies are usually represented by top lawyers in the state.