It's Official: California Has The Worst Drivers In All Of The States
On behalf of Californians, I apologize.
Pack it in, Californians. The stereotypes about us are true, and there's scientific data to back it up.
According annual study by the Insurance Information Institute, car accident rates are going up, as is the average cost of a car accident. Car-related deaths have risen nationwide by 14 percent. There's a bit of an upside, in that the aforementioned figure is partially related to more mileage in a stronger economy. Conversely, 660,000 people per day use an electronic device behind the wheel. (Do Tesla screens count?) 3,500 people died as a result of distracted driving in 2015.
California, one of the largest contributors to the traffic accident/fatality figures listed above, has the honor of hosting five out of ten of the most dangerous cities to drive in. This list includes Sacramento at the top. Riverside, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Bakersfield aren't far behind.
Partially what drove the Golden State to the top of the list was its increase in DUIs, which it also holds the number one spot in.
Congratulations, California. You win at shitty driving. And being on fire the most. Despite its natural beauty, diverse locale, and legendary driving roads, it's worth taking a hard look at other states when considering a move. Trust me - it's true that everyone who grew up here wants to leave.