A recent survey conducted by an insurance company tries to answer the question, “Which states have the worst drivers?” The worst driver survey collected data from three different sources – the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), which reviews driving fatalities, including car accidents, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), which compiles statistics concerning drunk driving and drunk driving accidents, and the American Motorists Association, which tabulates number of tickets received.
On the whole, California performed fairly well. Overall, it ranked as #36 in terms of having the worst drivers. Although room for improvement exists, California drivers had fewer citations and accidents than average. Further, California ranked quite well for not having “careless” drivers. In fact, California ranked in the top ten for the most careful drivers. Careless driving includes distracted driving such as texting while driving.
Distracted driving remains one of the top reasons for predicting bad driving and is to blame for causing traffic accidents and fatalities. NHTSA warns, “distracted driving is a serious life-threatening practice and we will not rest until we stop it … The message is simple – Put It Down! If you have been injured in a car accident or a loved one has been killed in a car accident due to distracted driving, speak to a knowledgeable Stockton personal injury lawyer at once to determine your rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
According to the study, of the worst ranking states, nine of bottom twenty “careless driver” states made the bottom ten overall. This means that becoming distracted by your self-phone can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
As a Stockton car accident lawyer I am encouraged by California’s positive ranking in this latest survey and hope that the trend toward fewer serious car accidents continues. For more information, contact the dedicated Stockton personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette.