California Drivers Ranked the Worst in Nation
California’s drivers are the worst in the United States, according to an annual study conducted by QuoteWizard, an online marketplace for auto insurance. According to a report in the Times of San Diego, five of the top 10 cities with the worst drivers are located in California, three of those in Southern California – Sacramento, Riverside, San Diego, Los Angeles and Bakersfield. Following California, states with the worst drivers were Minnesota, Utah, South Carolina and Washington.
The state with the best drivers was Rhode Island. The company arrived at these results after sampling data on accidents, fatalities, DUIs, speeding tickets and citations collection more than 2 million data points from drivers. QuoteWizard had ranked California second worst last year, but this year the state is “firmly the worst” in the nation for bad drivers. An increase in citations and DUIs took California to the number one spot in terms of bad drivers. In fact, California also set the worst standard in the United States for DUIs.
If You Have Been Injured
Given Southern California’s clogged freeways and rushed drivers, we are all at a greater risk of getting into an accident. A number of these accidents do not result in injuries. However, many of them do. If you have been injured in a car accident, there are a number of steps you would be well advised to take in order to protect your legal rights:
- Remain at the scene if you are involved in an accident. If you have been injured don’t attempt to move and wait for help to arrive.
- File a police report and ensure that your account of the incident is well documented. Obtain a copy of the police report for your own records.
- Inform your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible.
- Obtain prompt medical attention and care for your injuries. This not only ensures that you have a good shot at a quick recovery, but also generates documentation for the type of injuries you sustained and the treatment and care you received.
- Collect as much information as possible from the scene information from other parties involved (driver’s license, registration, vehicle plate number, insurance, contact information etc.)
- Collect contact information for eyewitnesses who may have seen the crash. Their testimony could be critical, should you consider filing a personal injury claim.
Finally, contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who will remain on your side, fight for your rights and help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries, damages and losses.