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Omaha Drivers are Among the Worst in the United States

Published on Feb 27, 2018 at 12:03 pm in Car Accidents.

People always talk about city driving. It’s usually slow and compact because of the traffic. This usually makes people late and it makes drivers upset and angry. Some cities have reputations for reckless drivers, like New York. Driving in cities may seem all the same, but there are cities that have safer drivers than others. But who really has some of the worst drivers in our country?

It may surprise you, but Omaha, Nebraska drivers are on the list as some of America’s worst drivers. Omaha has no shortage of car accidents and when they occur, you may need help. When choosing your legal representation, you want people who are experienced, passionate, and dedicated to your case. A Nebraska car accident lawyer from Welsh & Welsh will fight to get you compensation.

Where Does Omaha Rank?

In the summer of 2017, QuoteWizard conducted a study to find which metropolitan areas in the United States have the best and worst drivers. After looking at 75 most populous cities, they found that Omaha, Nebraska is in the top ten and ranks at No. 8 of the worst drivers in our country.

Most cities in California ranked as the top worst drivers, with Sacramento, CA at No. 1.

Their data centered around four main points: Accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, and citations (texting and driving, running a red light).

The main thing that connects these categories are that they’re mostly preventable. Careful driving, obeying the speed limit, not drinking and driving, and stopping at red lights are all actions that are easy to do. Unfortunately, people aren’t following the rules of the road and they’re putting everyone in danger.

What Are the Hallmarks of Bad Driving?

It seems that these cities have more drivers with reckless driving habits. This could be because they’re trying to get to their destination as fast as possible and will do all they can to weave and avoid traffic. Most of those habits can be sorted into two categories.  

  • Aggressive Driving. This includes speeding, tailgating, and getting road rage. When you’re driving faster than everyone else, you have less reaction time to brake or turn on the road. Road rage usually happens when someone cuts you off or is driving too slowly. During road rage, people can resort to yelling out of their cars, laying on their horns, or in extreme cases, using their car as a weapon to get back at the person who they believe wronged them.
  • Distracted Driving. Cell phone use is a major driving distraction. People want to text or check their social media. GPS is also a major distraction, especially if people are driving somewhere they don’t know in the city. These distractions take your eyes off the road, possibly a hand off the wheel, and your focus to your phone instead of driving. Eating food and drinking also distract people from driving.

With all of these factors contributing to bad driving, small changes in choosing safe driving behavior can possibly take Omaha off the top ten worst drivers list.