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States with the worst drivers

Pennsylvania residents who plan to travel on major highways for the holidays might want to use extra caution if they are driving in certain states. According to information from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the states having the worst drivers in 2015 were Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Dakota and Delaware.

Using data from the NHTSA created a study by analyzing vehicle accidents in five groups: careless driving, speeding, failing to wear seat belts or obey traffic signals, drunken driving and fatalities per 100 million miles of traveling. The study found Texas as the only state to rank as the worst in all of these five categories. Louisiana also ranked the highest for drivers failing to obey traffic signals. It also came in fifth place for careless driving and fatalities per miles traveled. South Carolina came in third for having the highest fatality rate in the nation. North Dakota ranked in fourth place with the highest amount of drunken drivers, and Delaware came in fifth place as having the highest amount of careless drivers, according to the findings.

In an effort to reduce the amount of vehicle crashes, the NHTSA is allowing technologists, state and local officials, policy experts and data scientists to review its Fatality Analysis Reporting System. The head of the U.S. Department of Transportation has said that finding a solution will take a joint effort of experts.

Car accident victims who are injured due to the negligence of another motorist often need extensive medical treatment, and in many cases they are unable to return to work and thus lose paychecks as a result. They may find it advisable to have legal assistance when attempting to seek compensation for these and other losses.

Source: USA Today, "Hitting the road for the holidays? These states have the worst drivers", Bart Jansen, Nov 23, 2016

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