With more drivers on the road than ever before, fatal car crashes are on the rise across the country. Though vehicles are safer than ever before, they can also easily drive over 100 mph.

Beautiful caucasian woman driving car and talking on cell phone

It seems the safer cars get and the faster we drive, the outcomes of accidents get worse. Some of the key issues are distracted and intoxicated drivers.

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Some Of The Worst Drivers In The U.S. Are In Texas

According to the Forbes ranked list, Texas took two of the top 10 spots. Three of the top 15 cities were also in Texas.


There are a lot of long wide roads to put the petal down in Texas. Spots on the highway are 85 miles per hour.

We Go Fast In Texas, But We Pay Attention

Maximum posted speed limits aside, distracted and drunk driving play heavily into the metrics of this dataset. The information that Forbes collected shows some key trends.


Memphis, Tennessee has the highest number of drunk drivers involved in fatal accidents. Distracted drivers make up the majority of fatal accidents in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Texas Drivers Are Speeding, Drunk, and Distracted All At The Same Time

In Texas, all of these factors come into play. There are drunk, distracted drivers speeding all around us.

To find which cities had the worst drivers, the 50 most populated cities across the state were compared using these metrics:

  • Number of fatal car accidents per 100,000 city residents: 24% of score.

  • Number of fatal car accidents involving a drunk driver (blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels of 0.08+) per 100,000 city residents: 19% of score.

  • Number of fatal car accidents involving a distracted driver per 100,000 city residents: 19% of score.

  • Number of fatal car accidents involving speeding per 100,000 city residents: 19% of score.

  • Number of people killed in fatal crashes per 100,000 city residents: 19% of score.

Data for all metrics comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality and Injury Reporting System Tool. For each metric they took a five-year average, using data from 2017 to 2021.

Top 10 U.S. Cities With The Worst Drivers

Two of the top 10 cities with the worst drivers are in Texas.

Gallery Credit: Dan Patrick