A recent study by CarInsuranceComparison.com tied Texas and Louisiana as having the worst drivers in the country.
Using data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the car insurance group analyzed crashes in five categories: fatalities per 100 million miles traveled, failure to obey traffic signals or wear seat belts, drunken driving, speeding and careless driving.
South Carolina, North Dakota, Delaware, New Mexico, Nevada, Alabama, Arizona and Montana rounded out the top 10 list.
Texas was ranked fourth last year and was the only state in which drivers place among the top 15 in each of the five categories, according to the study. The study also found Texas drivers ranked third in drunken driving and ninth for fatalities per miles driven and speeding.
The only way change can take place is if drivers hold themselves accountable, the insurance group stated.
"Though we may find it easy to place blame on others when it comes to bad driving, the truth is that we only have the power to control our actions," the study stated. "In light of this fact, we need to do everything we can to ensure we are making the road a safer place."
At least one person has died on a state road every day for 16 years, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. On Nov. 7, TxDOT rolled out its #EndTheStreakTX campaign to educate drivers on how to take responsibility in order to prevent these preventable deaths. TxDOT is also inviting the public to share personal stories of loved ones lost in car crashes on social media using the hashtag #EndTheStreakTX.
The department is also urging motorists to adhere to three simple rules when driving: buckle up, pay attention to the road, obey the speed limit, and never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“These deadly crashes are a sobering reminder that we must do everything in our power to stay focused and safe while driving,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass in a news release. “We can stop this staggering streak if every driver makes it a priority to be safe, focused and responsible. Let’s end the streak.”