Most Dangerous States to Drive

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30. Michigan
> Road deaths per 100,000:
9.6
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 947
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 93%

Vehicle occupants in Michigan are more likely to have better habits on the road. While about 87% of Americans use a seatbelt, 93% of Michigan residents choose to buckle up. Furthermore, urban roads are safer than rural roads and only 29% of all driving in the state occurs in rural areas. The death rate on Michigan roads of 9.6 for every 100,000 residents is slightly better than the national rate of 10.3 fatalities for every 100,000 residents.

29. New Hampshire
> Road deaths per 100,000:
10.2
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 135
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 73%

The car accident fatality rate of 10.2 deaths for every 100,000 residents on New Hampshire roads is roughly in line with the national rate of 10.3 fatalities for every 100,000 residents. While about 87% of Americans use a seatbelt, only 73% of New Hampshire residents choose to buckle up — likely because it is not legally required in the state.

Just as the total fatality rate on New Hampshire roads are in line with the national figure, so is the state’s drunk driving fatality rate. Of the 74 drivers killed behind the wheel in New Hampshire in 2013, 32% had a blood alcohol content greater than or equal to 0.08%, a similar share to the 33% of American drivers killed the same year.

28. Iowa
> Road deaths per 100,000:
10.3
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 317
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 92%

With 10.3 deaths for every 100,000 residents, fatal accidents on the road are just as common in Iowa as they are across the country, where the corresponding rate is also 10.3 deaths per 100,000 residents. Despite similar outcomes to the country as a whole, Iowa drivers are at an inherent disadvantage. Rural roads are more dangerous than urban roads and 58% of all miles driven in Iowa are rural. Nationally, only 32% of all miles driven are rural.

Vehicle occupants in Iowa have demonstrably better habits on the road. While about 87% of Americans use a seatbelt, 92% of Iowa residents choose to buckle up.

27. Delaware
> Road deaths per 100,000:
10.7
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 99
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 92%

The car accident fatality rate of 10.9 deaths for every 100,000 residents on Delaware roads is roughly in line with the national rate of 10.3 fatalities for every 100,000 residents. Vehicle occupants in Delaware have demonstrably better habits on the road. While about 87% of Americans use a seatbelt, 92% of Delaware residents choose to buckle up. Additionally, rural roads tend to have more deadly accidents than urban roads, and roughly two-thirds of the total miles driven in Delaware are on urban roads.

26. Maine
> Road deaths per 100,000:
10.9
> Total roadway fatalities in 2013: 145
> Pct. of residents using seatbelt: 83%

With 10.9 deaths for every 100,000 residents, fatal accidents on the road are only slightly more common in Maine than they are across the United States, where the corresponding rate is 10.3 deaths per 100,000 residents. Vehicle occupants in Maine have slightly worse habits on the road than most Americans. While about 87% of Americans use a seatbelt, 83% of Maine residents choose to buckle up.