Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States despite substantial improvement in recent decades. The fatality rate from car crashes has decreased to 10.9 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015 from 14.7 per 100,000 people a decade ago. Still, 35,092 lives were lost nationwide due to car accidents that year. The economic toll was $242 billion.
The rate of car crash deaths varies between states, however. In a number of safer states in areas such as New England, vehicular death rates that are less than one-fifth the rates in other parts of the country.
There are a number of factors that that affect how dangerous it is to drive in some states compared to others. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the rates of deaths from car crashes in each state. To get a better understanding of the problem, we also examined data on rates of seatbelt use, the involvement of alcohol in fatal accidents, and the share of deadly accidents that take place on rural versus urban roads.
These are the most (and least) dangerous states for driving.