While bad drivers can be found almost anywhere, some states definitely have more than their fair share. In fact, according to a report compiled by CarInsuranceComparison.com, there are certain states with worse drivers than others.
So, where does Maryland rank when compared to other states? Does it have the worst drivers? No, but it can certainly do better.
Maryland drivers: Not the worst, but not the best either
In its report, CarInsuranceComparison.com ranked Maryland as the 34th worst state for drivers, making it tied with Kansas. These rankings were compiled after examining several factors and statistics made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), including:
- Traffic deaths per 100 million miles traveled
- Traffic deaths involving the failure to obey traffic signals, not wearing seat belts and driving without a license
- Traffic deaths involving drunk drivers
- Pedestrian and bicyclist deaths involving careless driving
- Traffic deaths involving speeding
While Maryland drivers ranked relatively well overall, it is important to note that they did perform poorly in a few specific categories. For instance, Maryland had the 10th highest percentage of fatal car crashes involving alcohol - meaning only nine states did worse. It was also 14th when it came to careless driving and the number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities per 100,000 people. In addition, in nearby District of Columbia, drivers had the 4th worst percentage of speed-related traffic deaths.
The one thing this report makes very clear is that Maryland drivers still have a lot of room for improvement when it comes to making the roadways safer. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in a car accident caused by a careless or negligent driver, you need to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney right away. A skilled lawyer can help you explore the various legal options that may be available.