Road traffic accidents are among the top 10 causes of death globally — it is also a leading cause of the death in the United States itself.
In 2015, around 43,000 people in the U.S. lost their lives in vehicle-related accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While some of the crashes were caused by some sort of malfunction or were genuine accidents, a number of them were the fault of one driver — drunken driving or texting while driving, for instance.
To find the states with the most terrible drivers in the country, personal finance company Smart Asset conducted research looking at number of drivers, DUIs, number of victims, Google trends and percentage of people with auto insurance.
The state of Florida, unfortunately, turned out to be home to the worst drivers in the country.
The residents of Sunshine State not only searched the most about “speeding tickets” and “traffic tickets” online compared to other states, but also have the second lowest number of insured drivers at just 76.2 percent.
“We don’t want to be No. 1 we don’t want to be No. 2, don’t even want to be in the top 10. We want everyone to come down here; we want them to be safe,” said Florida State Trooper Kenn Watson, putting some of the blame on retirees and tourists. “When you put all of this together, obviously we’re gonna have some issues and we’re gonna have people vying for the same lot of land trying to get from point A to point B.”
Following Florida in this list of terrible drivers was another southern state: Mississippi.
Along with the fifth-highest accident-related deaths in the nation, Mississippi also had the 12th-highest rate of DUI arrests in the country. Like its predecessor, only 77 percent residents have car insurance.
Oklahoma, New Jersey, Delaware, Alabama, Vermont, Tennessee, Texas and Nevada also made it to the top 10.