Carinsurancecomparison.com, a car insurance comparison website, publishes the list annually, using information published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This information comes from a study by the NHTSA that focuses on fatal car crashes in the U.S. and their causes.
Each state is ranked according to the following categories:
- Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled
- Failure to Obey (Percentage of Fatal Crashes that involved Traffic Signals, Not Wearing Seat Belts, and Driving with an Invalid Driver's License)
- Drunk Driving (Percentage of Fatal Crashes that Involved Alcohol)
- Speeding (Percentage of Driving Fatalities that were Speed-Related)
- Careless Driving (Pedestrian & Bicyclist Fatalities per 100,000 Population)
The website translated all of this information into one total score, with the worst states receiving the lowest scores.
Drivers in Texas ranked third for drunk driving, ninth for speeding, and ninth for fatalities rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
Texas scored top 15 in every category. Carinsurancecomparison.com notes, "This state has a lot to improve on when it comes to safe driving."
Also on the top 10 list:
8. Arizona (tie)
8. Alabama (tie)
6. New Mexico
4. North Dakota
3. South Carolina
1. Louisiana (tie)
1. Texas (tie)
For more on the study and to see each state's breakdown of driver issues, go to carinsurancecomparison.com.