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People often compare drivers by state. While this is purely an anecdotal analysis when drivers discuss it, there are certain states that have poor reputations in terms of the drivers it allows on their respective roads. California drivers are not generally thought of as being sound behind the wheel, as is the case with several other states around the country. Thanks to a recent study, we can break down the quality of drivers by state. Unfortunately, California does not rank well when compared to the other jurisdictions. The number of California car accidents that occur obviously played a large role in this dubious ranking, but the researchers who completed the study took several other factors into account as well. This is not a surprise to San Diego car accident lawyers who regularly meet with people who have been harmed in crashes.
Researchers at CarInsuranceComparison.com, a Web site that allows consumers to compare prices on auto insurance policies, completed the statistical analysis. These researchers broke down data recorded by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, or NHTSA. The methodology involved a look at five different factors, including:
Each factor was given a score of 1 through 51 as compared to other jurisdictions. For instance, if a state had the worst rate of fatalities per 100 million miles traveled, it was given a score of 1 for that variable. The state with the lowest number of fatalities per 100 million miles traveled was given a score of 51. The numbers assigned to each factor were added together and the state with the total lowest score was named as the state with the worst drivers.
According to the calculations, the 10 states with the worst drivers, in order of worst to 10th worst with two ties, are as follows:
Those interested in reviewing all of the rankings can find them here.
The study was positive for many jurisdictions. The data revealed the following states to have the 10 best drivers, from safest through 10th safest:
It’s interesting to note that 9 out of the 10 states with the best drivers, according to this study, spend at least part of the year dealing with wintry weather. Meanwhile, the 3 states with the worst drivers are all in climates that do not include snow or ice.
According to the study, only 15 states’ drivers are worse than those you will encounter in California. The remaining states that kept California out of the Top 10 include:
California car accidents certainly played a role in finishing in the bottom third of the United States, and the data review revealed the following ranks for the Golden State for each of the variables used:
This is the fifth time that CarInsuranceComparison.com has done this study, and this is also the worst ranking for California to date. The results from previous studies include:
This is clearly anything but a positive trend. It seems that careless driving is an enormous problem in the state in terms of how many California car accidents it causes.
Given the state’s dubious ranking, it may be worthwhile to lay out the statistics that relate to California car accidents. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety:
These statewide numbers have remained relatively steady in recent years despite all of the efforts by law enforcement and other groups to raise awareness with regards to safe driving.
The statistics regarding San Diego County car accidents are not positive either. According to UC Berkeley’s Transportation Injury Mapping System, or TIMS, the following number of crashes occurred in the county in 2015 alone:
These numbers have actually trended upward in recent years, so the problem in San Diego appears to be getting worse and not better.
What the survey and the state and local data show is that a large number of California car accidents occur because at least one person is negligent or reckless while behind the wheel. People who cause car accidents that lead to injuries or worse force a tremendous amount of loss on those who are wrongfully injured. That’s why people who are harmed in this manner need to do what’s necessary to make sure that they are made as whole as possible after a crash. Anyone facing this situation in this area should speak to a San Diego personal injury lawyer before making a decision regarding how to proceed. If this includes you or someone you love, contact Gomez Trial Attorneys as soon as possible to schedule a free initial consultation.
John Gomez founded the firm alone in 2005. Today, John acts as President and Lead Trial Attorney. He has been voted by his peers as a top ten San Diego litigator in three separate fields: Personal Injury, Insurance and Corporate Litigation. Since 2000, he has recovered over $800 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients with more than 160 separate recoveries of one million dollars or more. A prolific trial lawyer, John has tried to jury verdict more than 60 separate cases.
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