Jul 17, 2023
Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation in combination with information from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) confirms that Los Angles is one of the most dangerous cities for drivers.
A study from ConsumerAffairs reviewed the above mentioned government data and then ranked major cities based on motor vehicle crash statistics. The study looked at motor vehicle crash fatalities per 100,000 people due to three factors:
The ConsumerAffairs study ranked Memphis, Tennessee, as having the worst drivers in the United States based on the factors cited above (with a crash score of 86.6). Two California cities – Victorville and Hesperia – ranked at number eight and number nine, respectively, in terms of the Cities With the Top 10 Worst Drivers.
The following cities rounded out the Top 5 With the Worst Drivers in the U.S.:
A concerning statistic related California’s Hesperia involved an exceedingly high motor vehicle fatality rate. According to ConsumerAffairs, Hesperia has the highest rate of speeding fatalities in the nation, coming in at 2.9 times the national average.
A separate study from QuoteWizard ranked five California cities among the Top 10 With the Worst Drivers in America.
Los Angeles ranked number 10, while Bakersfield came in at number seven, Sacramento at number six, Fresno at number five, and Riverside at number three:
To recap, the California Cities Among Top 10 in America With the Worst Drivers included:
According to QuoteWizard, the following issues contributed to specific California cities being included on the list:
– Riverside: “Riverside, Calif., is full of reckless drivers. According to our findings, drivers have a tendency to get into accidents, ranking fifth in the U.S. in this category. California has many bad drivers: five cities in the Golden State rank among the top 10 worst-driving cities. Overall, California is the second-worst driving state in the nation.”
– Fresno: “Fresno, Calif., is another city that consistently tops the list of worst drivers. Unfortunately for drivers there, it’s only getting worse. Last year the city ranked seventh-worst, and this year it moved up to fifth-worst. However, one positive note is that fewer drivers are drinking and driving. In 2022, Fresno ranked third-worst for DUIs. This year it dropped to seventh. Maybe next year will bring more improvements.”
The study also noted that California is having a “particularly bad year” in terms of car accident numbers. QuoteWizard confirmed that “four of the top five cities with the worst accident rates are in California.”
San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Riverside were among the Top 5 Worst Cities in terms of motor vehicle accident rates.
In terms of the most DUI accidents, four California cities again made the Top 5:
In terms of how the rankings were determined, QuoteWizard utilized the following methodology:
“Cities considered to have the worst drivers have the highest rates of incidents among drivers,” QuoteWizard said.
One positive element of the ConsumerAffairs report involved Dordulian Law Group’s main office location – Glendale, California – having some of the best drivers in the U.S., according to government data.
Glendale reportedly ranked number seven among the Top 10 Cities With the Best Drivers in the United States. The full list included:
Glendale was also ranked as one of the Top 5 Safest Cities in the United States for 2022
In 2021, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that fatalities in motor vehicle crashes had reached a 16-year high.
“This crisis on our roads is urgent and preventable,” Dr. Steven Cliff, then-deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said when early estimates of 2021 data was released.
ConsumerAffairs offers the following tips for staying safe among bad drivers:
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