Texas Ties for #1 Worst Drivers in the U.S.

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The reality is that most of us do not perfect the art of driving. Most, if not all, drivers are guilty of a few minor traffic violations throughout their lives. From not properly using turning signals when change lanes, to taking our eyes off the road for a second to change the radio station, the majority of drivers can benefit from practicing better driving safety habits.

This is especially true when your state was labeled as having the #1 worst drivers in the nation. Texas has unfortunately gained notoriety for this abysmal title. However, these dreary statics will hopefully remind drivers that being responsible and careful when behind the wheel of their vehicle is of utmost importance

According to a recent study conducted by CarInsuranceComparison.com, Texas drivers are among the worst in the U.S. for 2016 – up from #4 in 2015. The information was analyzed from data tracked by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which focused on fatal car crashes in the United States and their causes. The study ranked states according to categories such as failure to obey, drunk driving, speeding, carelessness, and fatalities rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. The information was translated into one “total score” with the worst states receiving the lowest scores.

Texas scored in the top 15 in the nation in each of the mentioned categories and scored as the worst in drunk driving, speeding, and fatalities rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

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On November 4th, 2016, Texas transportation officials noted that at least one person had died on a state road every day for the past 16 years. This horrendous record speaks on the importance of improved safe driving habits by all.

Despite decades of declines in traffic related fatalities, the study conducted by CarInsuranceComparison.com shows a significant increase of 7.2% from 2015.

According to CarInsuranceComparison, the leading predictor of bad drivers is careless driving. Careless driving can consist of anything, like taking your eyes off the road to change the radio station, to looking at your phone, putting on makeup, or any other similar activity that distracts you and requires you to take your hands off of the wheel. The most frequently noted bad behavior among careless drivers is the use of cellphones while on the road.

Although Texas has not adopted a statewide texting and driving law, many cities have moved forward to make their communities safer. Cities like San Antonio and Austin have passed new ordinances that prohibit the use of handheld devices while driving, or even while riding a bicycle. Texas does prohibit drivers with learner’s permits from using handheld devices during their first six months of driving, and if under 18, they are prohibited from using all devices.

It is important that Texas communities continue to remain vigilant and responsible when it comes to driving habits.

There are a number of simple driving tips that should be considered when getting behind the wheel including:

  • Obey all speed limits and signs.
  • Be attentive and drive responsibly.
  • Never using a cell phone when behind the wheel.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Always wear your seatbelts.
  • Always use your turn signals.

The Garcia Law Group cares about the safety of our community members.

It’s important to avoid any type of distractions while driving – texts and phone calls are not worth a life. If a loved one was involved in a fatal car wreck because of the negligence of another driver, let the attorneys of The Garcia Law Group provide you the legal support you need to obtain the justice you deserve. Contact us today at (956) 661-8000 to get the help you deserve.