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Louisiana is tied for first with the country's worst drivers

According to a recent report, Texas and Louisiana have the very worst drivers in the United States. They're tied at the top; Texas used to be fourth, but it made a significant jump this year to catch Louisiana.

The study used the data that has been gathered by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, or the NHTSA. Five specific categories were analyzed, and they were:

-- Accident fatalities for each 100 million miles driven-- Drunk driving-- Failure to wear seat belts and/or to obey traffic lights and other signals-- Careless driving-- Breaking the speed limit

Drivers in Louisiana were dead last when it came to obeying traffic signals, ignoring them or driving through them improperly more than drivers in any other state. In both careless driving and fatalities, the state ranked fifth.

A spokesperson for the company that carried out the study said that people in Louisiana have ranked very badly repeatedly, going back four to five years. They are becoming notorious for their poor driving, he said, and human error has a lot to do with it. He cautioned that things can happen incredibly quickly on the roads, so other drivers -- those who are obeying the traffic laws and driving well -- need to be very careful as they watch out for these dangerous drivers.

As this study shows, you could be at a high risk in Louisiana every time you get on the road. If you've been hit by a driver who broke traffic laws and injured you in the process, you may be able to seek financial compensation.

Source: USA Today, "Hitting the road for the holidays? These states have the worst drivers," Bart Jansen, Nov. 23, 2016

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