Most Dangerous States to Drive

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35. Virginia
> Road deaths per 100,000:
9.0
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 740
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 80%

Nationwide, about 87% of passenger vehicle occupants buckle up. In Virginia, only 80% of residents use a seatbelt. Despite the relative prevalence of some irresponsible habits on the road, with 9.0 deaths on the road for every 100,000, Virginia is one of the safer states in the country to drive in. One likely explanation is the kind of roads traveled in state.

Rural roads are more dangerous than urban ones and the vast majority of miles driven in 2013 within Virginia were in urban areas.

34. Colorado
> Road deaths per 100,000:
9.1
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 481
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 82%

With 9.1 deaths on the road for every 100,000 state residents in 2013, Colorado is one of the safer states to drive in the country. Despite a lower than average rate of roadway fatalities, Colorado residents are more likely to exhibit some bad habits on the road than the average American. Only 82% of Coloradans buckle up, a smaller share than the 87% of Americans who do. As in many of the safest states in which to drive, the Colorado’s low roadway fatality rate by be attributable to less rural driving. The vast majority of all miles driven in the state are on urban roads.

33. Nevada
> Road deaths per 100,000:
9.4
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 262
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 95%

Vehicle occupants in Nevada have demonstrably better habits on the road. While about 87% of Americans use a seatbelt, 95% of Nevada residents choose to buckle up. Additionally, drunk driving is behind a smaller share of fatal accidents in Nevada than it is across the country. Of the 83 Nevada drivers killed behind the wheel in 2013, 30% had a blood alcohol content greater than or equal to 0.08%, a smaller share than the 33% of American drivers killed the same year. With only 9.4 deaths on the road for every 100,000, Nevada is one of the safer states in the country to drive in.

32. Wisconsin
> Road deaths per 100,000:
9.5
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 543
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 82%

With 9.5 deaths for every 100,000 residents, fatal accidents on the road are less common in Wisconsin than they are across the United States, where the rate is 10.3 deaths per 100,000 residents. Despite slightly better outcomes, vehicle occupants in Wisconsin have demonstrably worse habits on the road on average. While about 87% of Americans use a seatbelt, 82% of Wisconsin residents choose to buckle up. Additionally, of the 292 drivers killed behind the wheel in 2013, 35% had a blood alcohol content greater than or equal to 0.08%, a slightly higher share than the 33% of American drivers killed the same year.

31. Pennsylvania
> Road deaths per 100,000:
9.5
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 1,208
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 84%

Rural roads are more dangerous than urban ones and only three other states had higher volumes of rural miles traveled in 2013 than Pennsylvania. Despite widespread rural travel, The car accident fatality rate of 9.5 deaths for every 100,000 residents on Pennsylvania roads is slightly lower than the national rate of 10.3 fatalities for every 100,000 residents. Seatbelt use in Pennsylvania, where 84% of residents buckle up, is slightly less common than it is across the country. Of all the people killed as the result of a motor vehicle accident, 15% were motorcyclists, a slightly larger share than the 13% nationwide figure.