Montana retained its dubious title from last year as the state with the worst drivers, reports USA Today. The ranking is based on scores from fatal-crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Montana has the potentially deadly combination of high speed limits and severe winter weather that could really be driving up fatality rates,” said Tyler Spraul, who directed the study for CarInsuranceComparison.com. New Mexico and South Carolina tied for second place. Others in the top 10 were Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Hawaii, North Dakota, Delaware and Mississippi.
Categories included in the rankings included fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled; the percentage of fatal crashes involving failure to obey traffic laws such as signals, wearing seat-belts or driving with an invalid license; drunken driving; speeding; and careless driving for fatal collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists. The number of fatalities on American roads rose 8 percent during the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period a year earlier.