Bad Drivers Live Locally Says Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer Rand Spear

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May 24, 2017
Legally Reviewed By Attorney Rand Spear, Esq.

Survey results show that some of the country’s worst drivers are from Pennsylvania and New Jersey says Philly car accident lawyer Rand Spear.

Drivers from Pennsylvania and New Jersey rank as some of the nation’s worst drivers, according to a study released earlier this year by insurance company EverQuote. The company uses a smart phone app, EverDrive, to warn drivers of dangerous driving behavior. That information was compiled for drivers across the county. This high tech tool just confirms what those of us living here already know says Philadelphia car accident lawyer Rand Spear; you need to be extra careful when you’re out on the roads.

The company found that those from the following states were the worst drivers overall: New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

  • Pennsylvania drivers came in as the fifth worst when it came to breaking speed limits.
  • Only California drivers had heavier lead feet than those from New Jersey and Pennsylvania when it came to acceleration.
  • Not surprisingly New Jersey drivers had the second sharpest braking in the country; those from Pennsylvania came in as the fourth worst.
  • The two states also broke into the bottom five when it came to poor turning skills.

Rankings are based on drivers’ phone use, speeding, acceleration, braking and turning.

  • Northeastern states (including Pennsylvania and New Jersey) as a region have the country’s worst drivers with those from the South ranked next in poor driving. Nearly half of Northeastern drivers’ trips involved speeding.
  • The safest drivers, overall, are from the Midwest. The country’s safest drivers are from Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, North Dakota and South Dakota.


  • If our collective driving were a high school Driver’s Ed course, we would get a “C+.” Nationally drivers received an average safe driving score of 79 out of 100 under the National Center for Education Statistics grade point average scale.
  • Speeding is the most common unsafe driving habit. Ranking with the lowest national average safety rating of 79 out of 100, speeding was the biggest unsafe driving offense, compared to phone use (80), hard braking (83), risky acceleration (85) and hard turns (86).
  • Men and women largely share driving habits though men are less like to talk on the phone while driving however, men are more likely to speed.
  • Those younger than 21 are only rated slightly worse drivers than those older than 21 and both groups are just as likely to break speed limits. Younger drivers are 15% more likely to use their phones while driving.

The EverDrive app was first developed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Science Intelligence Lab. Information from the app was gathered from 15,000 drivers for three months who drove about 18 million miles, analyzing who had the best and worst driving habits.

We help vehicle accident victims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, people who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and ending up being injured because of mistakes made by others. We help our clients get the medical care and rehabilitation they need and fair compensation for the injuries they’ve suffered. Quite often our clients have been injured by the habits of those who don’t follow the rules and we are here to help.

Have you been injured in a vehicle accident caused by a dangerous driver who violated the rules of road? Don’t wait to speak to a personal injury lawyer about your case. Protect your rights – contact us on the web or call Philadelphia and New Jersey car accident lawyer Rand Spear now at 877-GET-RAND.