Most Dangerous States to Drive

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10. Tennessee
> Road deaths per 100,000:
15.3
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 995
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 85%

With 15.3 deaths for every 100,000 residents, fatal accidents on the road are much more common in Tennessee than they are across the United States, where the corresponding rate is 10.3 deaths per 100,000 residents.

A high rate of vehicle-related death typically accompanies a high fatality rate per mile driven. The rates in Tennessee are no exception. While there are an average of 1.11 deaths on American roadways for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled, there are 1.41 deaths in Tennessee for every 100 million vehicle miles.

9. South Dakota
> Road deaths per 100,000:
16.0
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 135
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 69%

As in many of the states with the highest rates of roadway fatalities, drivers and passengers in South Dakota are less likely to use a seatbelt. While about 87% of Americans use a seatbelt, only 69% South Dakotans buckle up, a smaller share than any state after Idaho. With 16 deaths on the road for every 100,000 state residents in 2013, South Dakota is one of the most dangerous states in which to drive in the country.

8. South Carolina
> Road deaths per 100,000:
16.1
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 767
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 92%

With 16.1 deaths for every 100,000 residents, fatal accidents on the road are much more common in South Carolina than they are across the country, where the corresponding rate is 10.3 deaths per 100,000 residents. Across the country, rural roads are more dangerous than urban ones. While 48% of motor vehicle travel takes place in rural parts of South Carolina, 80% of all fatal accidents in the state occur in rural areas.

7. Arkansas
> Road deaths per 100,000:
16.3
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 483
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 77%

As in many of the states with the highest rate of roadway fatalities, drivers and passengers in Arkansas are not as likely to observe best practices when in a passenger vehicle. While about 87% of Americans use a seatbelt, only 77% buckle up in Arkansas. With 16.3 deaths on the road for every 100,000 state residents in 2013, Arkansas is one of the most dangerous states to drive in in the country.

6. Alabama
> Road deaths per 100,000:
17.6
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 852
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 97%

With 17.6 deaths for every 100,000 residents, fatal accidents on the road are much more common in Alabama than they are across the United States, where the corresponding rate is 10.3 deaths per 100,000 residents. Unlike many of the most dangerous states to drive in, however, people in Alabama are relatively responsible on the road. While 87% of Americans use their seatbelt, 97% of vehicle occupants in Alabama buckle up.