Indiana Ranks 7th Most Dangerous State for Truck Drivers
When it comes to the safety of truck drivers on the road, the state of Indiana raises concerns as it ranks as the seventh most dangerous place for truck drivers in the United States. According to data analyzed by Ohio personal injury lawyer John Fitch from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a startling 13.22% of all fatal traffic crashes in Indiana involved large trucks in 2021. In this article, we'll delve into the statistics, examining the states that are more and less hazardous for truck drivers.
Before we explore the rankings, it's crucial to understand the NHTSA's definition of a large truck: any commercial or non-commercial vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating exceeding 10,000 pounds, excluding buses and motor homes.
The Most Dangerous States for Truck Drivers
Below you will find the top ten most dangerous states for truck drivers.
Nebraska takes the unfortunate lead as the most dangerous state for large truck drivers, with a shocking 16.1% of vehicles involved in fatal crashes being large trucks. In 2021, out of a total of 311 fatal traffic crashes, 50 involved large trucks.
Iowa follows closely as the second most dangerous state for truck drivers, with 15.5% of vehicles involved in fatal crashes being large trucks. A total of 76 fatal crashes out of 491 were related to large trucks.
Kansas secures the third spot, with 14.4% of all fatal crashes involving large trucks. In 2021, there were 87 large trucks involved in fatal accidents.
Wyoming, in the fourth position, saw 14.1% of all fatal crashes involving large trucks, albeit with a lower total number of fatal crashes, at 20.
5. New Mexico
New Mexico takes fifth place, with a total percentage of 13.8% of crashes involving large trucks. The state experienced 89 fatal crashes involving large trucks.
6. Utah and 7. Indiana
Utah and Indiana are nearly tied in the sixth and seventh places, with percentages of 13.3% and 13.2%, respectively. However, Indiana had a much higher total with 184 large trucks involved in fatal crashes, compared to Utah's 63.
Texas ranks in the eighth spot, with 12.8% of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes being trucks. Texas also recorded the highest total number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes, with a staggering 832.
9. Idaho and 10. Arkansas
Idaho and Arkansas come in ninth and tenth place, with 12.5% and 12.2% of fatal crashes involving large trucks, respectively. Idaho saw 47 large trucks involved in fatal traffic crashes, while Arkansas reported 117.
The Safest State for Truck Drivers
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Rhode Island is the safest place for large truck drivers, with only three large trucks involved in fatal crashes, accounting for just 3.2% of all fatal crashes in the state.
This data, collected from the NHTSA's "Traffic Safety Facts" research in 2021, highlights the disparities in road safety for truck drivers across the United States. Indiana's seventh-place ranking serves as a reminder of the need for ongoing efforts to enhance safety measures and reduce the risks faced by truck drivers on the road.
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