For many Americans, driving is a mundane, routine part of everyday life. As such, it can be easy to forget how dangerous it is. Car crashes are the leading cause of death among Americans age 54 and younger.
American roads have become more dangerous in recent years. There were 11.6 deaths attributable to motor vehicle crashes for every 100,000 Americans in 2016 — the highest rate since 2008.
The likelihood of dying in a car accident can increase substantially depending on where one is driving. Across the country, roadway fatality rates can more than quadruple from one state to the next. Several factors contribute to the varying degrees of danger on U.S. roadways, including environment, laws and regulations, driver behavior, and even economic conditions.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed motor vehicle crash death rates in each state to identify the states with the most dangerous roads. The states with the highest roadway fatality rates are concentrated in the South, while the states with the safest roads are mostly in the Northeast and Midwest.