There is an accident ahead! The worst drivers in America are in Utah, California and Iowa, according to a study of crashes, speeding tickets and DUIs.Motorists seeking safety should head to Connecticut
- Utah motorists score low in all dangerous driving categories, including number of crashes, drunk drivers on the road and police tickets
- Followed by California, Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio as the five worst states for drivers in the nation
- Connecticut rider named ‘best in country’ with ‘substantial lead’
- Michigan, West Virginia, Delaware and Arkansas among top five safest states to drive
- Nearly 43,000 people were killed on US roads last year, the highest number in 16 years
- More than 11,000 people died in speed-related crashes in 2020, a 17% increase from 2019
Drivers in Utah are the worst in the country, while those in Connecticut are the safest, according to a study of accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs and citations to 10 million insurance quotes released this week.
Researchers at insurance comparison site Quotewizard found that Utah scored poorly in all categories of dangerous driving, including the number of crashes, drunk drivers on the road and police tickets.
Maddie Anderson, 17, was fighting for her life Sunday after being struck by another driver in Taylorsville, Utah, the study comes amid a crash on Highway 9 during a hurricane Four people were taken to hospital after the crash.
Utah was followed by California, Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio as the five worst states for drivers in the nation. California, which ranked lowest in last year’s survey, “still had more drunk driving than any other state last year,” the researchers said.
Utah drivers are the worst in the country, while Connecticut is the safest, according to a study of 10 million insurance quotes released this week
At least five people were seriously injured last month in an SUV collision in Whittier, California, the second-worst state for drivers in the nation after Utah
Colorado, the 12th worst state for driving, warned this week that accidents involving pedestrians would increase annually in December, when cold winter weather sets in and makes roads more dangerous.
Connecticut drivers were “by a wide margin” voted “best in the country” by researchers because they have one of the lowest rates of tickets, DUIs, speeding tickets and crashes in the nation.
Michigan, West Virginia, Delaware and Arkansas round out the top five safest states to drive in the nation.
Nationally, the researchers found that drivers in eastern states were generally better than western states, and that states with high numbers of drunk drivers were also likely to have more crashes and speeding than elsewhere.
Nearly 43,000 people were killed on US roads last year. It was the highest number of Americans returning to the highway in 16 years after the pandemic forced many to stay home.
The US government’s road safety agency announced earlier this year that it planned to spend $8 million on advertising to curb the rising number of traffic deaths from speeding.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 11,258 people died in speed-related crashes in 2020, a 17% increase from 2019, even as traffic on roads in 2020 was reduced by the pandemic.
Speed is responsible for 29% of all fatal crashes, with 87% of speed-related deaths occurring on local roads, not interstates.
Traffic fatalities are up 10.5% from 2020 levels, the largest increase since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began collecting death data in 1975.
A traffic accident reported by Utah law enforcement scored poorly in all dangerous driving categories, including the number of crashes, drunk drivers on the road and police tickets, according to a survey