Are men really better drivers than women?
Is it really fair for teenagers to have higher insurance rates?
Which state has the worst drivers in the U.S.?
You’d be surprised how many times we get asked questions like the ones above. The truth is that different sources will give you varying statistics that support one side or another.
Recently, I found an article from The Daily Beast that gives some interesting statistics about the best and worst drivers in America.
The state with the most crash-related fatalities is Montana. Big Sky Country has a fatal car accident rate twice as high as New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Oregon, and our great state of Colorado.
Kansas drivers are apparently the most prepared for the road. Kansas citizens scored 11 percent higher on written driving tests than drivers in Washington, D.C., which scored the worst in the country.
As far as men and women drivers are concerned, there is no definitive statistic proving that one gender is better than the other. However, there are some interesting numbers:
- Males age 18-20 are almost seven times more likely to drink and drive than females in the same age range.
- Depressed young women are 10 percent more likely than other drivers to engage in risky driving behaviors (like cellphone use and speeding).
As for the age-old question of the effect of age on driving, here are some statistics that support both sides:
- Drivers over 65 years old are half as likely to see pedestrians as younger drivers.
- Children are twice as safe when riding with a grandparent versus a parent.
These numbers may not clear up any of the big arguments, but they do offer insight into auto accidents around the country. If you or a loved one is ever involved in a car or truck accident, contact an experienced auto accident attorney.