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Nevada ranked No. 10 for worst drivers, according to new study

Posted at 2:52 PM, Dec 11, 2019

For the first time in over a decade, the nation has experienced three consecutive years of at least 40,000 roadway fatalities, according to the National Safety Council’s (NSC) preliminary estimates for 2019.

In 2018, approximately 40,000 individuals lost their lives in auto crashes, according to the national Safety Council. The good news is that was a one percent decline from 2817 and 2016 when there were 40,231 and 40,237 roadway deaths respectively.


A new study says that the state of Nevada is ranked number 10 for worst drivers in the nation.

The study was conducted by CarInsuranceComparison.com. States were ranked on the following:

The fatality rate per every 100 million vehicle miles traveled
Failure to obey traffic laws including safety devices, seat belt, and invalid driver’s license
Careless driving – number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities per state
Drunk driving – number of roadway deaths caused by drunk drivers
Speeding – number of traffic fatalities caused by motorists violating speeding laws

Careless driving (ranked number 6) is a big concern in Nevada, and the state has some of the highest rates of bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities in the nation. The state's best score was for drunk driving (33rd).

In the first half of 2019, traffic deaths involving pedestrians were up 19%, motorcycle deaths were up 8%, and fatalities involving bicyclists were up 25%

Nevada motorists have ranked among the top 10 worst drivers six times since 2011.

The state in first place this year has ranked in the top three worst in the nation 6 times since 2011. And all but one of the states in the top 10 have been on the list in previous years.

The top 10 are:
1. New Mexico
2. South Carolina
3. Arizona
4. Louisiana
5. Texas
6. Colorado
7. Missouri
8. Alabama and Montana (tie)
10. Nevada