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.
As of 2023, one of the leading causes 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, and head-on. Despite this, on the other hand, there are also similar causes of these fatal car accidents occurring. Those reasons include speeding, intoxication, distracted driving, auto defects, and bad weather.
In 2021, there were 35,766 motor vehicle crashes in the U.S., causing 38,824 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 4.9 to 25.4. The five states with the highest deaths per 100,000 are:
The states with the lowest number of deaths per 100,000 people are often located in the Northeast and East Coast. 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 0.63 to 1.97. The five states with the highest death rates per 100 million vehicle miles traveled are:
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:
Here are the 10 states with the highest rate of fatal car accidents:
Death Rate (per 100k)
Deaths per 100 Million Miles
Total Miles Traveled (millions)
|District of Columbia||34||36||5.20||1.19||3,030|