10 States with the Worst Drivers [2020 Study]
From Car Insurance Companion, January, 2021
The greatest weakness among the 10 states with the worst drivers is careless driving, with an average of 133 pedestrians and bicyclists killed in each state in just one year. The 10 states with the worst drivers averaged 17th worst out of all states in the country, making speeding the best driving category in these states. Drunk driving continues to be a problem for all states with 35 percent of fatal crashes involving a driver impaired by alcohol….
#7 (Tie) – Hawaii
Best Category: Failure to Obey
Worst Category: Drunk Driving & Speeding
Hawaii, ranked in a tie for 7th with South Carolina in this list for the 10 states with the worst drivers, has its best category in failure to obey with two categories tied for its worst category — drunk driving and speeding. In failure to obey, just 35.4 percent of its fatal crashes occur when someone wasn’t wearing a seat belt or at least one of the drivers had an inactive or illegal license.
Of its 117 total traffic deaths in 2018, 45 traffic deaths in Hawaii came when one or more of the drivers had been drinking, which was good for 38.5 percent of its 117 total traffic deaths.
But there were 51 deaths relating to speeding, Hawaii’s other worst category, which accounted for 43.6 percent of all traffic deaths.
Hawaii rose seven spots between its ranking in 2019 and this ranking in 2020, going from on the outskirts of the 10 states with the worst drivers to a tie for 7th-worst.
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