The 10 Safest States For Drivers
From the long stretches of North Dakota highway to the rotaries of Massachusetts, Americans log nearly 3 trillion driving miles each year — enough to travel to the sun and back over 15,000 times! We drive a lot, and the more we drive, the greater our risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. A staggering 5.6 million motor vehicle crashes were reported in 2012 alone — 30,800 of those being fatal.
While we acknowledge that the only acceptable fatality rate is zero, we thought it was worth recognizing states that are putting appropriate measures in place to assure fewer fatal accidents. Using fatality rate per 100,000 drivers as our basis*, we ranked the safest states for US drivers and created the above interactive map to better visualize the data.
3. Rhode Island
5. New Jersey
6. New Hampshire
7. New York
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Complete Data for All 50 States
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*Methodology: Rankings were determined by fatality rate per 100 thousand licensed drivers. Data sourced from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s “Traffic Safety Facts” Report, released in June 2014. Information on traffic fatalities is available from the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), NVS-424, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. NCSA can be contacted at 800-934-8517 or via the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. General information on highway traffic safety can be accessed by Internet users at www.nhtsa.gov/NCSA.