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Fatal Car Accidents By State

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Introduction

Road safety - a factor that significantly contributes to the overall perception of security in any given state. As of 2021, there were 35,766 motor vehicle crashes resulting in 38,824 tragic deaths in the U.S. As a result car accidents remain one of the leading causes of death in the nation. The reasons for these fatal car accidents widely range from speeding, intoxication, and distracted driving, to auto defects and adverse weather conditions.

The dataset, expressed in terms of the number of deaths per 100,000 population, enables us to make fair comparisons between states, notwithstanding the differences in their respective populations.

  • South Carolina, with a rate of 1.83, tops the list as the state with the highest car accident fatality rate, followed closely by Mississippi and Louisiana at 1.63 and 1.53, respectively.
  • Massachusetts, with a surprisingly low rate of 0.54, is revealed as the state with the least amount of fatalities due to car accidents, closely followed by Minnesota and New Jersey, standing at 0.63 and 0.73, respectively.
  • While Northern states like Maine, Vermont, and Iowa fall on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of car accident fatalities, Southern states such as South Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana lead by a significant margin.

States with Most Fatal Crashes

South Carolina tops these unfortunate rankings with a car accident fatality rate of 1.83 per 100,000 population. South Carolina's high rate might be a result of a variety of factors, including road conditions, citizen driving habits, and legislative policies regarding road safety.

Not too far behind, Mississippi follows with a similarly troubling rate of 1.63. Louisiana and Arizona jointly hold the third place, both with a fatality rate of 1.53. West Virginia falls close with a rate of 1.51, closely trailed by Kentucky and Alaska, both standing at 1.46. Oklahoma, Montana, and New Mexico end our list with fatality rates of 1.44, 1.43, and 1.43, respectively.

States with Most Fatal Crashes:

  1. South Carolina - 1.83
  2. Mississippi - 1.63
  3. Louisiana - 1.53
  4. Arizona - 1.53
  5. West Virginia - 1.51
  6. Kentucky - 1.46
  7. Alaska - 1.46
  8. Oklahoma - 1.44
  9. Montana - 1.43
  10. New Mexico - 1.43

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