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California drivers ranked worst in the country

California is famous for its difficult traffic, but dangers that go beyond seeing a sea of red brake lights are a constantly lurking issue for those who drive in the state. Studies are useful to determine exactly how dangerous it is to drive in California and across the nation. While steps are being taken to ensure and improve safety, there are issues that arise and should be factored in when examining the driving circumstances. A recent study shows that California is viewed as having the worst drivers in the U.S.

The study from the national auto insurer QuoteWizard says that road safety is a consistent problem in the state. In addition, it says that 2017 had a rise in the number of people who were cited for moving violations and in being arrested for driving under the influence. Included in the study were the number of people who have car accidents with injuries and fatalities. California came in second in the same rankings in 2016. Out of the top 10 worst cities for driving in the nation, California had five of them. Sacramento is said to be the worst city for driving in the U.S. Los Angeles also has its problems due to the previously alluded to gridlock and the other issues, like DUI and traffic violations.

Factors that generally contribute to the rise in accident rates with fatalities - 14 percent in the past two years - is that people are driving more than they ever did and that more people are driving while distracted. It is simple math that the more people there are on the road, the greater chance there will be a car accident. Regarding distractions, the study shows that approximately 660,000 people use some form of device while behind the wheel every day. An estimated 3,500 people were killed because of distracted driving in 2015.

The numbers should be worrisome for people who are on the state roadways. These accidents can lead to significant medical expenses, lost wages, an inability to contribute and be an active part of a family and more. Those who were injured in motor vehicle accidents or lost a loved one in a wrongful death incident should be aware of their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing. The statistics and assessments cited above can be important to a personal injury claim.

Source: thedrive.com, "Californians Are the Worst Drivers in the United States, Study Finds," Basir Khan, Dec. 16, 2017

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