Forbes List: Cities with the Nation's Worst Drivers; Texas has two cities in Top 10

Written on 02/15/2024
Asia91 Team

Forbes has recently released its much-anticipated annual analysis, shedding light on the state of road safety in the United States by identifying the cities harboring the worst drivers. 



Through a meticulous evaluation based on a series of critical metrics, this report not only ranks cities but also calls attention to the dire need for enhanced road safety protocols and more responsible driving behaviors across the board.


Utilizing a comprehensive scoring system, Forbes assessed cities across five pivotal metrics, each contributing significantly to the overall safety score:


  • Fatal Car Accidents Per Capita: Accounting for 24% of the total score, this metric measures the number of fatal car accidents per 100,000 city residents, serving as a primary indicator of overall road safety.
  • Drunk Driving Incidents: Making up 19% of the score, this factor evaluates the number of fatal accidents involving a drunk driver (with BAC levels of 0.08 or higher) per 100,000 residents, highlighting the prevalence of alcohol-impaired driving.
  • Distracted Driving Accidents: Also contributing 19% to the overall score, this metric addresses the number of fatal car accidents involving a distracted driver per 100,000 residents, underscoring the dangers of not paying full attention to the road.
  • Speeding-Related Fatalities: Speeding is another major concern, with incidents involving excessive speed contributing 19% to the city's score. This metric examines the number of fatal accidents related to speeding per 100,000 residents.
  • Overall Fatalities: The final 19% of the score is based on the total number of people killed in fatal crashes per 100,000 city residents, providing a comprehensive view of the death toll resulting from road incidents.


The Top 5 Cities with the Worst Drivers


In this year's rankings, several cities have emerged as critical areas for concern due to their high incidence of road-related fatalities and accidents:


  • Albuquerque, NM leads the pack with a score of 100.00, marking it as the city with the most dangerous drivers. It reported 17.11 fatal car accidents per 100,000 residents, with 4.67 involving drunk drivers.
  • Memphis, TN is a close second, scoring 98.51. The city saw 24.18 fatal car accidents per 100,000 residents, with 7.50 attributed to drunk driving.
  • Detroit, MI finds itself in third place with a score of 94.97, having 19.76 fatal accidents per 100,000 residents and 6.54 involving impaired drivers.
  • Tucson, AZ ranks fourth with a score of 93.02, featuring 16.21 fatal accidents per 100,000 residents, 4.35 of which involved drunk driving.
  • Kansas City, MO completes the top five with a score of 91.19. This city reported 15.71 fatal car accidents per 100,000 residents, with 5.34 involving a drunk driver.


Dallas, TX is ranked at #7. Please refer to the image below for a detailed listing and their rankings according to Forbes data.


Forbes' comprehensive report serves not just as a ranking but as a critical wake-up call to cities across the United States. The detailed analysis of the contributing factors to road safety scores underscores the multifaceted nature of the issue, from drunk and distracted driving to speeding and overall fatalities. 


It highlights the urgent need for cities to implement more stringent road safety measures, invest in public awareness campaigns, and foster a driving culture that prioritizes safety above all.


As the nation continues to face the challenges posed by hazardous driving behaviors, the Forbes report is a crucial step toward recognizing and addressing these issues head-on. Intending to reduce fatalities and improve road safety for all, the findings emphasize the importance of collective action from policymakers, law enforcement, and individual drivers alike.