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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