Data pulled from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was analyzed to see which states were home to the worst drivers on America’s roads. The state of Nevada ranked in the top 10 in the nation for bad drivers. In fact, Nevada was number five only behind Arizona, Louisiana, Montana, and Texas.
By the Numbers
The rankings considered several factors including the drivers’ failure to follow traffic rules, excessive speeding, careless or reckless driving, and driving while under the influence of alcohol. The state of Nevada, thankfully, has shown some improvement over the years. This includes a decrease in traffic-related fatalities from 329 in 2016 to 311 in 2017. Clark County also saw a decrease in traffic related-fatalities: 217 in the year 2016 as compared to 208 the following year in 2017.
Car accidents often happen not only due to faulty vehicles or their parts, but more often than not because of human error. This includes drivers who get behind the wheel drunk or on drugs, who are distracted, or who speed. For this reason, it is critical to drive defensively in Nevada and the rest of the country to make sure you and your family remain safe while on the road.
America’s Risky Driving
Studies show that the United States sees more fatal car accidents than any other wealthy nation in the world. There are several factors contributing to risky driving, but the NHTSA finds some of the following habits to be the major causes:
Driving while under the influence of drugs: Whether prescription, over-the-counter, or illicit drugs, they can affect a person’s ability to drive. A National Roadside Survey revealed that 20% of weekend drivers randomly sampled across America tested positive for drugs that could potentially impair their ability to drive.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol: It is estimated that nearly 30 people die every day in the United States as a result of an alcohol-impaired related car accident. While drunk-driving deaths have decreased over the past decade, they still account for more than 10,000 deaths annually.
Distracted driving: Failure to devote your entire attention to the task of driving safely is considered distracted driving. There are several ways for an American driver to be distracted while behind the wheel including texting, talking with passengers, talking on the phone, eating, grooming, adjusting the radio, or using the GPS. In 2016, distracted driving claimed the lives of nearly 3,500 individuals in the U.S.
Drowsy driving: in 2017, sleepy drivers caused car accidents across the United States that killed almost 800 people. The most common time for drowsy driving accidents to happen are in the late afternoon as well as between midnight and 6 am. While drowsy driving accidents can involve multiple cars, they typically involve a single vehicle and take place on highways and rural roads.
Nevada Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a Nevada car accident due to the fault of another, contact the experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau. These skilled lawyers have fought hard for the rights of the injured across Nevada and will do the same for you.
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