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Texas
3,874
California
3,847
Florida
3,331
Georgia
1,664
North Carolina
1,538
Ohio
1,230
Tennessee
1,217
Illinois
1,194
Pennsylvania
1,129
Michigan
1,084
South Carolina
1,064
Arizona
1,054
New York
1,046
Missouri
987
Alabama
934
Indiana
897
Virginia
850
Louisiana
828
Kentucky
780
Mississippi
752
Oklahoma
652
Arkansas
638
Colorado
622
Wisconsin
614
New Jersey
584
Maryland
567
Washington
560
Oregon
508
Kansas
426
New Mexico
398
Minnesota
394
Massachusetts
343
Iowa
337
Nevada
317
Connecticut
295
Utah
276
West Virginia
267
Nebraska
233
Idaho
214
Montana
213
Maine
164
South Dakota
141
Wyoming
127
Delaware
116
New Hampshire
104
North Dakota
100
Hawaii
85
Rhode Island
67
Alaska
64
Vermont
62
District of Columbia
36

Fatal Car Accidents by State 2024

Fatal Car Accidents by State 2024

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 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.

Fatal Car Crashes by Population

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 states with the highest deaths per 100,000 are:

State
Death Rate
Mississippi25.40
Wyoming22
Arkansas21.20
South Carolina20.70
Montana19.60
New Mexico18.80
Alabama18.60
Louisiana17.80
Tennessee17.60
Kentucky17.30

The states with the lowest number of deaths per 100,000 people are often located in the Northeast and East Coast. The 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:

  1. South Carolina (1.97)
  2. Mississippi (1.90)
  1. Arkansas (1.88)
  2. Montana (1.76)
  3. Louisiana (1.71)

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:

  1. Massachusetts (0.63)
  2. Minnesota (0.76)
  1. New Hampshire (0.87)
  2. New Jersey (0.88)
  3. Utah (0.91)

Fatal Car Accidents by State 2024

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State
Fatal Crashes
Deaths
Death Rate (per 100k)
Deaths per 100 Million Miles
Total Miles Traveled (millions)
Mississippi68775225.401.9039,665
Wyoming114127221.309,800
Arkansas58563821.201.8833,919
South Carolina9621,06420.701.9753,972
Montana19021319.601.7612,104
New Mexico36539818.801.6823,756
Alabama85293418.601.3867,921
Louisiana76282817.801.7148,374
Tennessee1,1191,21717.601.5976,392
Kentucky70978017.301.6846,536
Oklahoma59965216.501.5542,000
Missouri914987161.3672,797
South Dakota13214115.901.459,743
Georgia1,5221,66415.501.43115,967
Florida3,0983,33115.401.60208,076
West Virginia24926714.901.6616,054
Arizona9671,05414.701.6065,758
North Carolina1,4121,53814.701.45106,342
Kansas38242614.501.5327,854
Texas3,5203,87413.301.49260,582
Indiana81589713.201.1776,608
North Dakota9610012.801.148,768
Maine151164121.2513,086
Oregon461508121.5732,298
Nebraska21723311.901.2019,432
Delaware10411611.701.398,345
Idaho18821411.601.2317,406
Colorado57462210.801.2848,642
Michigan1,0111,08410.801.2586,547
Iowa30433710.601.1329,751
Ohio1,1541,23010.401.19103,115
Wisconsin56161410.401.0757,600
Nevada29331710.201.2625,231
Virginia7968509.801.1276,110
California3,5583,8479.701.28299,812
Vermont58629.601.036,007
Illinois1,0871,1949.301.2794,121
Maryland5405679.201.1150,885
Alaska53648.701.215,306
Pennsylvania1,0601,1298.701.2887,982
Utah2562768.400.9130,251
Connecticut2792958.200.9929,845
New Hampshire981047.500.8711,956
Washington5255607.301.0453,658
Minnesota3693946.900.7651,619
New Jersey5475846.300.8866,341
Rhode Island66676.100.986,864
Hawaii81855.900.978,785
District of Columbia34365.201.193,030
New York9631,0465.201.02102,477
Massachusetts3273434.900.6354,127
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