Fatal Car Accidents By State 2020

Before the effects of COVID-19 came into play, one of the leading causes of death was related to fatal car accidents. The action has always been recognized as the top killer for people, especially with specific drivers behind the wheel. So far, in 2020, there has been an astonishing amount of deaths due to fatal car accidents. In some states, these numbers are closest to the number of deaths already reported in the state alone. Once we can understand the exact numbers, then we can begin to understand why these accidents are occurring more often in select areas.

Types of Fatal Accidents

As of 2019, the leading cause of death in the country was always from car accidents. No state had any exemptions from this determination, making each one dangerous for people to drive their cars. However, many states differ in what type of crashes were leading in their areas. Here are some car-related accidents that are most common in each state:

  • Side-Impact
  • Single-Vehicle
  • Multiple-Vehicle
  • Head-On

Despite this, on the other hand, there are also similar causes to these fatal car accidents occurring. Those reasons include:

  • Speeding
  • Intoxication
  • Distracted Driving
  • Auto Defects
  • Bad Weather

Population

Do states that have a more significant population experience more fatal car accidents? The answer is yes, but this idea is not always the case. For example, there are five states with the largest populations in the country so far. The percentage of fatal car accident deaths that occurred so far for those states are as follows (rounded):

  • California: 91%
  • Texas: 91%
  • Florida: 93%
  • New York: 94%
  • Pennsylvania: 93%

These percentages are astoundingly high, which would make others wonder if states with larger populations received the highest rate of fatal car accidents in the country. However, that is not always true. New studies have also shown that fatal car accidents can occur more in rural areas as well. These areas also include states with lower populations. To confirm that figure, here are the percentages of fatal car accidents for the top 5 regions with the lowest populations (rounded):

  • Wyoming: 90%
  • Vermont: 88%
  • Washington D.C.: 97%
  • Alaska: 86%
  • North Dakota: 90%

Despite having the lowest populations in the country, the percentage of fatal car accidents in these states remains relatively smaller than those of states with more people. This figure excludes Washington, D.C., which has the most significant percentage out of all the states mentioned thus far. Nonetheless, based on the data, more of these types of car accidents occur in regions with larger populations and more urbanized cities.

Fatal Car Accidents By State 2020

State Deaths Fatal Crashes 2020 Pop.
Texas3,6423,30529,472,300
California3,5633,25939,937,500
Florida3,1332,91521,993,000
Georgia1,5041,40710,736,100
North Carolina1,4371,32110,611,900
Pennsylvania1,1901,10312,820,900
Ohio1,06899611,747,700
Tennessee1,0419746,897,580
South Carolina1,0379705,210,100
Illinois1,03194812,659,700
Arizona1,0109167,378,490
Michigan97490510,045,000
New York94388919,440,500
Alabama9538764,908,620
Missouri9218486,169,270
Virginia8207788,626,210
Indiana8587746,745,350
Louisiana7687164,645,180
Kentucky7246644,499,690
Oklahoma6556033,954,820
Mississippi6645972,989,260
Colorado6325885,845,530
Wisconsin5885305,851,750
New Jersey5645258,936,570
Washington5464977,797,100
Maryland5014746,083,120
Arkansas5164723,039,000
Oregon5064504,301,090
Kansas4043662,910,360
New Mexico3913502,096,640
Minnesota3813495,700,670
Massachusetts3603436,976,600
Nevada3303003,139,660
Iowa3182913,179,850
Connecticut2942763,563,080
West Virginia2942651,778,070
Utah2602373,282,120
Idaho2312121,826,160
Nebraska2302011,952,570
Montana1821681,086,760
New Hampshire1471341,371,250
Maine1371281,345,790
South Dakota130110903,027
Hawaii1171101,412,690
Delaware111104982,895
Wyoming111100567,025
North Dakota10595761,723
Alaska8069734,002
Vermont6860628,061
Rhode Island59561,056,160
District of Columbia3130720,687