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Safest States for Driving in the U.S.

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How does your state stack up against the other 49 when it comes to safe driving records and laws? Maybe it’s tough on texting and driving, but has a low rate of insured motorists. Or perhaps your state has a tiny DUI rate, but a high annual average of car accident-related deaths. Whatever the case may be, we’ve created a system to help you see where your state stands.

Based on national averages and state population, we’ve created a ranking system that shows how each state compares to each other. The data is broken down into various traffic-related factors that determine the overall scale of road safety. The total number of traffic fatalities, crash types, alcohol involvement, seatbelt usage, and state traffic laws are the main factors that affect this research.

The chart below only represents the total number of Traffic fatalities, look HERE for more traffic-related fatality data. 


In the year 2013, there were 30,057 fatal car accidents in the U.S., which resulted in 32,719 fatalities. When broken down, this means that there is 10.3 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.11 deaths per 100 million miles traveled. The death rate varies state-by-state, which is due to a variety of different demographics and geographical layouts. For example, the traffic fatality rate for the District of Columbia is the lowest at 3.49, and Wyoming with the highest at 25.68. However, the District of Columbia has the highest percentage of pedestrian fatalities (45%), whereas Wyoming has one of the lowest in the country at 5%. Many determinants like the example above create compelling comparisons as to which states are the safest. I’ve narrowed down my own opinion on the matter and found 5 states that I think lead the way.

Fatalities Per 100,000 People By State

Vermont (7.02)

The top 5 States with the lowest number of traffic fatalities are Vermont, Rhode Island, Alaska, Hawaii, and New Hampshire. It’s interesting to note that Vermont and Alaska also lead the pack in lowest motorcyclist and cyclist fatalities, pedestrian fatalities, alcohol involved fatalities, and speeding-related fatalities. No other state comes close to their dominance across the board. Rhode Island and New Hampshire also fall into the top 5 in terms of the lowest alcohol impaired fatalities and speeding-related fatalities. I also have the confidence to say that drivers in Hawaii are the nicest drivers in the country—hands down. For those of you who have been to Hawaii, you know what I’m talking about.

We’ve compiled this information for you to dive into and analyze the different areas of traffic safety that your state is either excelling or struggling in. Fortunately, I’ve only scraped off the surface of this research, which leaves you the opportunity to delve in and create your own analysis.

Go see where your state stands and let us know what compelling correlations you can find!

*Methodology: Traffic fatality rates were pulled from National Highway Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).  The information is based on an analysis of data that compiles a national overview of traffic-related fatalities during the years 2013-2014.



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