Too Fast, Too Careless

Texas Has Been Listed as the State with the Worst Drivers in 2022

The Lone Star State ties with New Mexico for the No. 1 spot.

By Jessica Lodge April 8, 2022

Ranked by death rate, failure to obey, careless driving, speeding and drunk driving, the Lone Star State ties with New Mexico for the No. 1 spot.

Before traveling on Texas roads and highways, be sure to buckle up because it could be a matter of life or death. Not only known for our mouthwatering barbecue and scorching heat, the Lone Republic is also credited to be the worst state for drivers in 2022, according to a new study conducted by 

But for many Texas residents, this may not come as a surprise. 

Texas has been at the forefront of this statistic as Interstate 45, located here in Houston, was ranked as the second deadliest highway from 2016-2019 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with a total of 92 deaths over the four-year time span. Unfortunately, seven  of the top 25 dangerous highways were native to the state.

During its research, CIC ranked states based on five categories, including car accident death rate, failure to obey traffic laws, careless driving, drunk driving and speeding. For Texas, the worst category was careless driving as the pedestrian death rate per capita was 2.24 and the cyclist death rate per capita was 0.23.

Following suit, 30.71% of reported fatal car accidents were caused by speeding, totaling 1,110 deaths. The state also had the highest rate of fatal accidents because of alcohol, with 79.56%, equaling 2,505 casualties. And 19.10% of fatal crashes involved drivers with an invalid license and 18% driving without wearing a seatbelt. 

So the next time that you’re sitting in a sea of traffic, you can thank your fellow Houstonians for being the best of the worst. Or you can take some time to reflect on the rules of the road that you casually skimmed over during Drivers Ed: Think safety first, cut out distractions and look out for pedestrians. 

To learn more about the ranking and methodology, visit

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