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LendingTree report: Tesla has the highest accident rate of any brand

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It’s no secret that drivers of certain car brands have bad reputations — but are these bad reputations warranted? According to the data, it may be in some cases.

Our latest analysis uses QuoteWizard by LendingTree insurance quote data to determine which car brands have the worst drivers. We’ll also break down which brands have the drivers most responsible for accidents, DUIs and other incidents.

To determine the best and worst drivers by car brand, researchers calculated the number of driving incidents per 1,000 drivers for every brand. The rankings include; accidents, DUIs, speeding-related incidents and citations. Our study also includes a breakdown of the worst car brand drivers by state.

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Key Findings: -

*Tesla drivers have the highest accident rate. *Tesla drivers had 23.54 accidents per 1,000 drivers. Ram (22.76) and Subaru (20.90) were the only other brands with more than 20.00 accidents per 1,000 drivers. -

*Across 30 car brands analyzed, Ram has the worst drivers overall.* Nationally, Ram drivers had 32.90 driving incidents per 1,000 drivers. Tesla (31.13) and Subaru (30.09) were the only other brands whose drivers had incident rates above 30.00. -

*Looking closer, Ram has the worst drivers in 23 states. *That means Ram drivers had the highest incident rates of any brand analyzed in nearly half of all U.S. states. Tesla drivers were the worst in 11 states — the only other brand in the double digits. -

*BMW drivers have the highest DUI rate by a wide margin.* BMW drivers had 3.13 DUIs per 1,000 drivers — nearly twice the rate of DUIs among Ram drivers (1.72), the next-highest ranking auto brand. - *Mercury has the best drivers in the year analyzed. *Mercury drivers had 15.82 incidents per 1,000 drivers nationally — less than half the rate of incidents among Ram drivers. Pontiac (16.24) and Saturn (16.84) followed.