Nevada was ranked as the seventh worst state in the USA for bad driving in 2016, a recent study by shows.

Statistics: from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on fatal car accidents and the factors that caused them.
Each US state was ranked according its fatality rate per 100,000,000 miles traveled and the percentage of fatal accidents involving:
  • Failure to obey traffic signals
  • Not wearing a seat belt
  • Driving with an invalid license
  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Careless driving
The score of Nevada for each category varied.
The state’s  worst ranking factor is careless driving, which caused 78 deaths in 2016. 

Nevada’s national rankings include:

  • Careless driving: f4th
  • Drunk driving fatalities: 8th
  • Speeding: 13th
  • Fatality rate: 23rd
  • Failure to obey: 29th
Texas and Louisiana tied for first place.  That states have the worst drivers in the U.S. 

Minnesota was found to have the safest drivers in the USA - ranking in last place at 51!

Traffic fatalities have risen at an alarming rate - with more than 35,000 deaths, an increase of 7.2 percent since the previous year.

The recent rise has caused concern within federal agencies, which have attempted to stop the increase by focusing on driver behaviors that lead to accidents, such as distracted driving. Officials have speculated that an improved economy, job creation and lower gas prices may have led to the increase in traffic fatalities seen in recent years.
Being in a car accident or losing a loved one to a careless driver is an avoidable tragedy that happens all too often.