Study Finds That Wyoming Is the Most Dangerous State for Truckers
Simplex analyzed the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and found that out of all the fatal crashes in the United States in 2020, Wyoming had the highest percentage of fatal crashes involving large trucks.
According to data from the Wyoming Highway Patrol, there were 113 fatal crashes in Wyoming in 2020, 20 of which involved commercial vehicles.
Of those commercial vehicle-related fatal crashes, half occurred on Wyoming's interstates -- seven on Interstate 80, two on Interstate 25, and one on Interstate 90.
Three of Wyoming's neighbors also ranked among the 10 most dangerous states for truckers.
Idaho ranked second, with a 16.33% truck-involved fatal crash rate, Nebraska ranked third, with a 15.92% truck-involved fatal crash rate, and South Dakota ranked sixth, with a 12.57% truck-involved fatal crash rate.
Michigan ranked the safest state for truckers, with 4.72% of its fatal crashes involving large trucks, followed by Vermont, Hawaii, Delaware, and Massachusetts.
“This research offers an interesting insight into which states are lagging behind the goal of making roads safer for truck drivers," a Simplex spokesperson said. "It also highlights the need for these states to consider implementing more truck-safe road systems for drivers."
“According to the NHTSA, there are thousands of fatal crashes involving large trucks every year, so this study could alert truck drivers to better prepare when journeying in these particular states," they added.
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