Most Dangerous States to Drive

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40. Connecticut
> Road deaths per 100,000:
7.7
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 276
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 87%

The car accident fatality rate of 7.7 deaths for every 100,000 residents on Connecticut roads is much lower than the national rate of 10.3 fatalities for every 100,000 residents. Seat belt use in Connecticut is exactly in line with the national rate of 87%. As in many of the safest states in which to drive, the Connecticut’s low roadway fatality rate by be attributable to less rural driving. Only 12% of all miles driven in the state are on rural roads.

39. Maryland
> Road deaths per 100,000:
7.8
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 465
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 91%

With 7.8 deaths for every 100,000 residents, fatal accidents on Maryland roads are much less common than they are across the United States, where the corresponding rate is 10.3 deaths per 100,000 residents. Vehicle occupants in Maryland have demonstrably better habits on the road. While about 87% of Americans use a seatbelt, 91% of Maryland residents choose to buckle up. Urban roads are safer than rural roads and only 19% of all driving in Maryland takes place in rural areas. Nationally, 32% of all driving takes place in rural areas.

38. California
> Road deaths per 100,000:
7.8
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 3,000
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 97%

There were 7.8 deaths on the road for every 100,000 state residents in 2013, making California one of the safest states to drive in the country. Vehicle occupants in California have demonstrably better habits on the road. While about 87% of Americans use a seatbelt, 97% of California residents choose to buckle up. Urban roads are safer than rural roads and only 16% of all driving in California takes place in rural areas. Nationally, 32% of all driving takes place in rural areas.

37. Oregon
> Road deaths per 100,000:
8.0
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 313
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 98%

In Oregon, 44% of all driving occurs on rural roads, a significantly higher share than the 32% national share. Nevertheless, with 8.0 deaths on the road for every 100,000, Oregon roads are safer than across the country on average, where the rate is 10.3 deaths per 100,000 residents. Vehicle occupants in Oregon have demonstrably better habits on the road. While about 87% of Americans use a seatbelt, 98% of Oregon residents choose to buckle up.

36. Ohio
> Road deaths per 100,000:
8.5
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 989
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 85%

The car accident fatality rate of 8.5 deaths for every 100,000 residents on Ohio roads is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.3 fatalities for every 100,000 residents. Rural roads are more dangerous than urban ones and nearly 71% of all miles driven within Ohio are in urban areas, likely contributing to a lower than average fatality rate. With 85% of vehicle occupants buckling up, seat belt use across the Buckeye State is roughly in line with the national rate of 87%.

A driver in Ohio could get convicted of a DUI four times before facing felony charges, and records are wiped clean after only six years. Despite relatively lenient DUI laws, only about 28% of Ohio drivers killed in 2013 had a blood alcohol content greater than or equal to 0.08%, a lower share than the 33% of drivers killed nationwide.