If you’ve ever felt like California drivers were the worst in the country — well, you may not actually be too far off. A new study by insurance comparison site QuoteWizard says that California ranks second-to-last in terms of driver safety, outdone only by drivers in the state of Utah.
The company used data from the Federal Highway Administration, state records of speeding tickets, auto accident fatalities, and DUIs, and its own user reports to come up with the final rankings. The best drivers came from Rhode Island and Florida, followed by Mississippi, Michigan, and Nevada.
Specifically, California ranked ninth in terms of the most number of speeding tickets issued, fifth for traffic violations, seventh for accidents, and — perhaps most troubling of all — second-highest in the country for the number of DUIs, or drivers operating vehicles while intoxicated. Previous research suggests that a drunk driver will take to the roads 80 times before he or she is ever arrested for a DUI.
So what can you do to stay safe on California roads? For one, drive sober and keep distractions like cell phones out of sight, especially during rush hour traffic on the morning or afternoon commute.
“The economy might be to blame for California’s low rankings,” read the analysis from QuoteWizard. “Going to work usually means driving in California, and more driving means more accidents. Miles traveled per person increased 27 percent in Sacramento between 2009 and 2014, for example, and that could be due to the state’s economic upswing post-recession.”
Along with Sacramento and Oakland, Anaheim ranked third in the worst driving cities in California itself. If you do get into an accident on the roads, be sure to call a local car accident lawyer right away. An auto accident attorney can help you get the compensation you need to address personal injuries or damages not covered by insurance.
Our car accident lawyers understand that driving around the Los Angeles area can sometimes feel like a nightmare. California may be home to some awful drivers, but don’t let that stop you from practicing smart and safe driving habits all year long.