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Texas ranks first for poor driving

Holiday driving can create traffic snarls and cause emotions to get out of control, especially as winter weather moves in. While Texas residents might take to the road to visit family members in other states, they actually face some of the worst driving conditions at home. The state climbed from fourth to first place in an analysis of bad driving in 2015 completed by a car insurance comparison website. The company used information from the NHTSA to complete its study.

Texas placed in the top 15 for each of five areas of consideration with regard to poor driving. In DUI incidents, the state was third, and it was ninth with regard to fatality auto accidents. Additional areas considered included seat belt compliance, careless driving behavior, and driving above the speed limits. Texas tied with Louisiana for first place in the 2015 analysis, a position that was solely held by Louisiana the previous year.

On a national level, there are concerns because the number of fatality deaths increased in 2015 after consistently falling for many decades. Texas officials are concerned about the trends and causes in their own area. They recently revealed that there has been a substantial continuity of fatality accidents with a minimum of one death on the state's roads per day for the last 16 years. Educational efforts are being made to encourage improvements in at least two of the areas measured in the insurance study, including reminders to use seat belts and to avoid drinking and driving.

People who get behind the wheel of a vehicle takes on a serious responsibility, not only for their own passengers but also for others on the road. Negligent actions such as driving under the influence, exceeding the speed limit, and failing to pay attention to the road can lead to major accidents in which the motorist could be held financially responsible through a personal injury lawsuit filed by an injured victim with the assistance of an attorney.

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