Now that the holiday season is in full swing, millions of Americans will be traveling the roadways. However, not everyone will make it to their destinations safely. Each year, thousands of accidents result in the deaths and injuries of Louisiana residents. Many of these car accidents occur due to bad driving.
A recent study by CarInsuranceComparison.com finds that Louisiana is home to some of the worst drivers in the country. The study used fatal accident data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to analyze numerous accident causes and determine which states had the worst drivers. Some of these causes included distracted driving, reckless driving, speeding, and drunk driving.
According to the results, Louisiana and Texas tied for first place among states with the worst drivers. South Carolina, North Dakota, and Delaware rounded out the top five.
Researchers found that the percentage of driving fatalities related to speeding was lower in Louisiana than in other states. However, when it comes to the rate of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, failure to obey, drunk driving and careless driving, Louisiana ranks higher than other states.
While the National Highway Traffic Safety Association finds that traffic-related deaths have decreased approximately 67 percent since 1975, there is still a lot of work to be done when it comes to protecting Louisiana motorists. Holding drivers responsible for their actions may be the best way for accident victims and their families to move on from their tragedy.
Source: New York Daily News, “Texas, Louisiana home to the U.S.’s worst drivers,” Meg Wagner, Nov. 23, 2016