Every person has their own opinions about which state has the worst drivers; you’ll often hear claims of New York, New Jersey, California, and more. But which state really has the worst drivers out there? While it’s hard to say for sure if it’s the driver’s fault, these states definitely have some explaining to do when it comes to the number of accidents that happen there. Here are some of the states with the highest rates of car crashes.
- Wyoming: While this state may be fairly sparsely populated, the roads in this state should be considered fairly dangerous. A recent report found Wyoming to be the most dangerous state for driving based on the number of fatal car crashes. Wyoming had the highest crash fatality rate of 24.7 per 100,000 people and the highest percentage of road deaths of all fatalities.
- South Carolina: This southern state is also an incredibly risky place to drive. South Carolina has 62% more fatal car accidents than the national average, with 2.1% of all fatalities in the state being caused by deadly car crashes.
- California: This west-coast state is often cited as having some of the worst drivers in the nation, and the statistics back this claim up. California has five of the ten worst cities for drivers, and in recent years has seen a spike in the number of DUIs and traffic-related fatalities within the state.
- Washington: Washington finds itself on this list as well, ranking in the top ten in an analysis by the Federal Highway Administration for states with the highest rates of DUIs, traffic violations, and fatal accidents. This state may have the recent legalization of cannabis to blame; a report the by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that states that have recently legalized cannabis use have seen 5.2% more accidents than their neighboring states.
Did your state make the list? If so, you might want to consider a plan to keep you and your family as safe as possible while driving. Always drive safely and avoid distractions to make sure you remain safe while on the road.