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 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.
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