NEW YORK – You may have this thought when you spot a terrible driver; and all you have to do is look at the license plate.
“No wonder, they’re from that state,” you might think.
Your suppositions may now be backed-up by a new study… but you could be wrong, too. In fact, your state could boast the worst drivers.
According to the research compiled by the financial and investment firm SmartAsset, the worst drivers in the nation most often hail from the southeast. Specifically, Florida.
Four of the top 10 states the study identified are located in the southeast but Florida wears the crown for the state with the worst drivers, researchers said. According to their research, Floridians Google the terms “speeding tickets” and “traffic tickets” more than any other state.
Florida also has one of the lowest rates of insured drivers in the nation. A New York car accident attorney said that fact should concern anyone planning their next spring break in the Sunshine State.
“There are thousands of people that are driving right now without motor vehicle insurance and it’s illegal – both in Florida and in New York,” car accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “If you’re ever injured by an uninsured driver, it can create a difficult situation for you and your family and you should contact a skilled attorney to go over your options.”
Only three states do not require car insurance: New Hampshire, Virginia and Mississippi, the last of which also made it into SmartAsset’s Top 10 States with the Worst Drivers. Ranked just behind Florida, Mississippi has a high rate of fatal car crashes. Despite its smaller population, Mississippi had more motor vehicle deaths than 45 other states – and only 77 percent of drivers have insurance.
However, you don’t need to take a vacation to the southern U.S. to find bad drivers. Just take the Lincoln Tunnel to New Jersey. With the second-highest rate of deadly car crashes, New Jersey ranked fourth on SmartAsset’s list. Only Oklahoma, Mississippi and Florida boasted worse driving records.
The Garden State also happens to boast some of the highest insurance premiums in the nation. Coincidence? Florida also has pricey insurance rates.
Unlike the southern states, safety advocates said New Jersey’s problem is most often associated with traffic congestion, which leads to aggression and distraction.
Although there are plenty of reasons to be concerned on the New Jersey turnpike, the state did score high in one category: the percentage of drivers with car insurance.
If you’ve been injured by an uninsured driver, you may be able to receive compensation to help pay for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses. The New York car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have helped many people obtain the best result possible.