When you think of where the worst drivers in the country are, it’s not surprising to hear Arizona mentioned as one of the top candidates. Various studies have shown Arizona drivers to be in the top 10 states for worst drivers. However, wouldn’t it be an overgeneralization to say that every driver in Arizona is one of the worst drivers in the country? Most people would agree.
That’s why we conducted a study to determine where the majority of the worst drivers in Arizona are located. As a personal injury law firm, we know that accidents are no laughing matter, as they can negatively impact the lives of the people involved, along with their friends and family.
Our goal with this study was to shed some light on which cities in Arizona you should be more alert to when driving. It’s also meant to serve as a reminder to drivers to follow safe driving habits, avoid texting and driving (one of the largest causes of car accidents), and to be aware of your surroundings on the road.
Data and Methodology
In order to determine what cities hold the most dangerous drivers, the following data sources were used:
- Arizona Population Estimates
- Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts
It’s important to note that our study only included cities in Arizona, NOT towns.
Crash To Population Percentage
To rank order the cities, we took a ratio between the total annual crashes in the specified city and the population of that city. This resulted in a crash to population percentage that we then rank-ordered from highest to lowest.
The city with the highest crash to population percentage is Tolleson, meaning that the total number of crashes annually when accounting for the city’s population, is the worst out of all the cities in Arizona.
The city with the lowest crash to population percentage is Bisbee, meaning that the total number of crashes annually when accounting for the city’s population, is the best out of all the cities in Arizona.
Crash To Population Percentage Versus The Average
Curious to see how your city ranks compared to the average? The last column on the infographic is the crash to population percentage versus the average (being 2.1%).
Let’s take Mesa as our first example. Mesa ranked at number 17 in Arizona with a 22% crash to population % versus the average. This means that drivers in Mesa are 22% better than the average driver in Arizona.
Conversely, Tempe is ranked at number 2 in Arizona with a -135% crash to population percentage versus the average. This means that drivers in Tempe are 135% worse than the average driver in Arizona.
Safe Driving Resources
Driving a car, motorcycle, or another motor vehicle is likely the most dangerous thing that you have to do every day. For most of us, it’s simply something that is unavoidable, which is why we highly recommend reading the following list of resources to help you stay safe on the road.