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Does Your State Have the Worst Thanksgiving Drivers?

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Does Your State Have the Worst Thanksgiving Drivers?

Thanksgiving is a happy time to be with your family. Unfortunately, you may spend as long on the highway looking at tail lights as you spend with your loved ones.

Thanksgiving is always a time of serious congestion on the roads when accidents spike.

When the roads get busy, tempers become frayed. Be patient and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.

If you have seen wrecks on the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel or the I-64 High Rise Bridge in Chesapeake, you might be excused for thinking there are few worst places for drivers than Hampton Roads.

Texas has the worst drivers

Texas was one of two states that have the worst drivers

However, a recent study by found Virginia is not on the list of the worst states for crashes this Thanksgiving. In fact, the Commonwealth is one of the best.

Most of the worst states for driving are in the deep South, reported USA Today.

Drivers from Texas and Louisiana are among the worst in the country, according to the study that analyzed data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). It considered road fatalities per 100 million miles traveled, failure to obey traffic signals or wear seat belts, intoxicated driving, speeding and careless driving.

The other states that featured in the top 10 worst states for drivers were South Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, Delaware, Nevada, Alabama, Arizona and Montana.

If you are driving south through South Carolina or north through Delaware, you should pay particular care.

Texas has seen the most significant deterioration in driving. The Lone Star State leaped from fourth place to a tie with its neighbor, Louisiana, for worst driving state this year. Texas is the only state where drivers place among the top 15 in each of the five bad driving categories. Texans rank third in DUI driving and ninth for fatalities per miles driven and speeding, the study found.

Virginia is one of the safest 10 states to drive in in the United States. Of the states that border the Commonwealth, North Carolina has the most dangerous roads.

Every year increased traffic on the roads and the upsurge in drunk driving means more people lose their lives over the holidays than is usually the case. In 2015, there were six Thanksgiving highway deaths in Virginia and 14 in North Carolina. Half of the fatalities that occurred in Virginia were recorded in Hampton Roads.

Take care if you are driving to see family and friends this Thanksgiving. Allow yourself plenty of time and don’t be impatient. Never drink alcohol and drive. We wish you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving. If you need to talk to a car accident injury lawyer contact us here.

Jim Hurley

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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