A new study puts the state of Texas as the number three state in the country with the worst drivers. This ranking comes from a company which compares car insurance companies for consumers, CarInsuranceComparison.com, according to a USA Today article. The data was compiled utilizing statistics from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The statistics for each state the company used was based on the following criteria:
- The fatality rate for every 100 million vehicle miles which were traveled;
- The percentage of crashes which were caused by a driver’s failure to obey traffic laws. (These laws included not wearing seat belts, driving with an invalid license, and not following traffic signals.);
- The percentage of crashes which involved drunk drivers;
- The percentage of crashes which were caused by speeding driver; and
- The percentage of crashes which were caused by careless driving. The company used statistics based on the number of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities per 100,000 people in the state.
Texas’ overall score put it at number three in this year’s study. Last year, the state came in at number four. The company says this was due to in having increased numbers of careless driving rates and fatality rates. The state did show some improvement in drunken driving rates and failure to obey traffic laws rates.
Overall, Texas came in at number 22 in obeying traffic law rate crashes. For drunk driving, the state placed at number six nationally.
The states of Montana and South Carolina tied at number one. The other top ten worst driver state, in order, were North Dakota, Delaware, Louisiana (tie), Nevada (tie), Hawaii, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
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