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Fatal Car Accidents By State 2021

Road safety is a significant factor in determining the overall safest U.S. states.

Before the effects of COVID-19 came into play, one of the leading causes of death was fatal car accidents. 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, we can understand why these accidents occur more often in select areas.

Types of Fatal Accidents

As of 2019, the leading cause of death in the country is car accidents. No state had any exemptions from this determination, making each one dangerous for driving 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

Fatal Car Crashes by Population

In 2018, there were 33,654 motor vehicle crashes in the U.S., causing 36,560 deaths. The fatal car crash death rate was 11.2 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.13 deaths per 100 million miles traveled.

While states with higher populations had more fatal crashes and deaths, they don't necessarily have the highest death rates per 100,000 population or deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. The rate of car accident deaths per 100,000 people ranges from 4.4 to 22.2. The five states with the highest rates are:

The states with the lowest deaths per 100,000 people are generally located in the Northeast. The five states with the lowest death rates are:

When it comes to the number of deaths per 100 million vehicles miles traveled, the rates range from 0.54 to 1.83. The five states with the highest death rates per 100 million vehicle miles traveled are:

  • South Carolina: 1.83 deaths per 100 million miles
  • Mississippi: 1.63 deaths per 100 million miles
  • Louisiana: 1.53 deaths per 100 million miles
  • Arizona: 1.41 deaths per 100 million miles
  • West Virginia: 1.51 deaths per 100 million miles

Again, the states with the lowest deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled are generally located in the Northeast. The five states with the lowest death rates per 100 million vehicle miles traveled are:

  • Massachusetts: 0.54 deaths per 100 million miles
  • Minnesota: 0.63 deaths per 100 million miles
  • New Jersey 0.73 deaths per 100 million miles
  • Rhode Island: 0.74 deaths per 100 million miles
  • New York: 0.76 deaths per 100 million miles

Here are the 10 states with the most fatal car accidents:

  1. Texas (3,305)
  2. California (3,259)
  3. Florida (2,915)
  4. Georgia (1,407)
  5. North Carolina (1,321)
  6. Pennsylvania (1,103)
  7. Ohio (996)
  8. Tennessee (974)
  9. South Carolina (970)
  10. Illinois (948)

Fatal Car Accidents By State 2021

State Deaths Fatal Crashes Deaths per 100 Million Miles Total Vehicle Miles
Texas3,6423,3051.29282037
California3,5633,2591.02348796
Florida3,1332,9151.41221816
Georgia1,5041,4071.14131456
North Carolina1,4371,3211.19121127
Pennsylvania1,1901,1031.17102109
Ohio1,0689960.93114474
Tennessee1,0419741.2881321
South Carolina1,0379701.8356801
Illinois1,0319480.96107954
Arizona1,0109161.5366145
Michigan9749050.95102398
New York9438890.76123510
Alabama9538761.3471167
Missouri9218481.276595
Virginia8207780.9685336
Indiana8587741.0581529
Louisiana7687161.5350045
Kentucky7246641.4649544
Oklahoma6556031.4445433
Mississippi6645971.6340730
Colorado6325881.1753954
Wisconsin5885300.8965885
New Jersey5645250.7377539
Washington5464970.8862367
Maryland5014740.8459775
Arkansas5164721.4136675
Oregon5064501.3736848
Kansas4043661.2632190
New Mexico3913501.4327288
Minnesota3813490.6360438
Massachusetts3603430.5466772
Nevada3303001.1728319
Iowa3182910.9633282
Connecticut2942760.9331596
West Virginia2942651.5119447
Utah2602370.8132069
Idaho2312121.317709
Nebraska2302011.120975
Montana1821681.4312700
New Hampshire1471341.0713776
Maine1371280.9314784
South Dakota1301101.349719
Hawaii1171101.0710887
Delaware1111041.0910179
Wyoming1111001.0610438
North Dakota105951.079856
Alaska80691.465487
Vermont68600.937346
Rhode Island59560.748009

Fatal Car Accidents By State 2021