What Are The Most Dangerous States To Drive In For Truck Drivers?

  • Texas
  • Wyoming
  • Alabama
  • Nebraska

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The 7 Most Dangerous Places To Drive In The United States For Truck Drivers

Posted by The Roth Firm on Sep 24, 2019 10:22:41 AM

Out of all of the traffic fatalities every year, 2.4% of them are truck drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

That seems high, but in some states, it is still much higher.

North Dakota has the highest truck-driver fatality rate in the country, coming in at 8.8%.

That's mainly due to the oil boom that North Dakota has experienced.

They are also the worst state overall for workplace fatalities, and the majority of the deaths are due to transportation incidents.

Other states fatality rates are due more to their inclement weather.

In the article below, we will look at seven of the most dangerous states to drive in if you're a trucker.

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1. North Dakota

We'll start with North Dakota who leads the way with an overall percentage of vehicle fatalities that are truck drivers of 8.8%

North Dakota is a big, cold state, and most problems occur when drivers need to make good miles in icy conditions.

When driving in North Dakota, truckers have to contend with blowing snow that piles up in ridges, and whenever someone passes someone on those snowy roads, you'd have a whiteout to contend with.

Traffic is also complicated when drivers not accustomed to the conditions cause accidents, bringing traffic to a screeching halt.

Roads are also slippery, causing many trucks to end up in the ditch. Shoulders are covered in snow, often hard to see, also leading to trucks ending up in a ditch.

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High winds can be catastrophic for truck drivers

2. Colorado

The biggest issues facing truck drivers in Colorado are black ice and high winds to go along with the mountain roads.

Many truck drivers use Colorado as a shortcut to the west, but it comes with a great deal of stress for the truck driver and wear and tear on the truck.

Some drivers avoid Colorado altogether, instead opting to go through Utah and Salt Lake City.

It's more miles for the drivers, but it is easier and safer.

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3. Texas

Texas is truck country, for both 18-wheelers and regular pickup trucks.

An advantage of driving through Texas is that it's easier to navigate most roads because most non-CDL drivers are more aware of the needs of the truck drivers.

It's rare to encounter a pickup truck from Texas that isn't familiar with how the 18-wheelers maneuver in traffic and will make room for the big trucks when necessary.

But, with overall vehicle fatalities that are truck drivers at 3.6%, there must be something challenging about driving in Texas.

It comes down to the flash flood warnings that can appear out of nowhere during rainy months or days.

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4. Wyoming

Wyoming is another state that has to deal with high winds, especially around it's Elk Mountain.

The wind there will often blow trucks over causing accidents in both the winter and the summer.

I-80 in Wyoming seems to always be closed from November all the way until May because of the snow, ice, or wind.

It's not uncommon to find a line of trucks 10 miles long waiting patiently for the freeway to reopen.

The closure can last for a few hours to up to a few days.

If the drivers aren't prepared for this, they won't have enough food, and they don't have anywhere to use the restroom.

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5. Alabama

In Alabama, the percent of overall vehicle fatalities that are truck drivers is 3.6%.

That could be due to Alabama being a central state.

Truck drivers are allowed 11 hours of driving, and Alabama is a state where you can get towards the end of that 11 hours from most of the major shipping cities and states.

Another danger of driving in Alabama is the logging trucks.

A common complaint is that they will pull out in front of truck drivers on dirt roads with logs extended far off of the end of their truck.

There are a lot of logging trucks in the state, especially in the center of the state.

Driving in cities like Montgomery and Birmingham can be challenging for truck drivers.

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6. Nebraska

Out of every state on this list, the Weather in Nebraska might be the most challenging.

High winds in wide-open spaces usually spell disaster for truck drivers.

Especially with an empty trailer, an 18-wheeler can easily be blown off the road leading to a rollover.

And in the winter you can mix in the icy conditions to go along with the high winds to make it even more dangerous.

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7. Oklahoma

The weather in Oklahoma is dangerous for a completely different reason.

If you've seen the movie Twister, you probably know Oklahoma is famous for its Tornados.

The southwest cities of Oklahoma, like Oklahoma City, are especially dangerous in the spring because of the tornado threat as well as thunderstorms.

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