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Safest and Most Dangerous States for Drivers

By Steve Charpentier on May 09, 2019

Rollover truck accidentAccording to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were approximately 7.27 million police-report auto accidents in 2016. Of that number, 34,439 were fatal crashes and 2.17 million resulted in injuries. While this gives a pretty good picture of collisions all over the United States, you may wonder about state car crash data. Melbourne, FL auto accident lawyer Stephen G. Charpentier would like to break that down for you.

Below, the team at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. would like to go over the 10 most dangers and 10 safest states for drivers. This information on car accidents and auto collisions may surprise you, and they should give you some perspective the next time you’re out on the road.

The 10 Safest States for Drivers

According to state-by-state fatal accident numbers from the NHTSA, these were the 10 safest states for drivers based on 2016 statistics and deaths per miles traveled:

  • Massachusetts - 0.63 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 389 auto accident fatalities
  • Rhode Island - 0.64 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 51 auto accident fatalities
  • Minnesota - 0.66 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 392 auto accident fatalities
  • District of Columbia - 0.75 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 27 auto accident fatalities
  • New Jersey - 0.78 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 601 auto accident fatalities
  • New York - 0.83 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 1,025 auto accident fatalities
  • Vermont - 0.84 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 62 auto accident fatalities
  • Maryland - 0.85 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 505 auto accident fatalities
  • Washington - 0.88 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 537 auto accident fatalities
  • Utah - 0.89 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 281 auto accident fatalities

The 10 Most Dangerous States for Drivers

According to state-by-state fatal accident numbers from the NHTSA, these were the 10 most dangers states for drivers based on 2016 statistics and deaths per miles traveled:

  • South Carolina - 1.86 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 1,015 auto accident fatalities
  • Kentucky - 1.69 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 834 auto accident fatalities
  • Mississippi - 1.69 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 690 auto accident fatalities
  • Alaska - 1.6 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 84 auto accident fatalities
  • Louisiana - 1.54 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 757 auto accident fatalities
  • Arkansas - 1.52 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 545 auto accident fatalities
  • Montana - 1.51 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 190 auto accident fatalities
  • Alabama - 1.5 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 1,038 auto accident fatalities
  • Florida - 1.47 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 3,176 auto accident fatalities
  • Idaho - 1.47 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 253 auto accident fatalities

Breaking Down Florida Auto Accident Numbers

As you may have noticed, Florida is the 9th most dangerous state for drivers. Our Melbourne law firm would like to consider some of the auto accident statistics from Florida in a bit more detail.

  • Alcohol-impaired driving (BAC over 0.08) contributed to 905 fatalities
  • Speeding contributed to 310 fatalities
  • Motorcyclist fatalities accounted for 586 fatalities
  • Pedestrian fatalities in car crashes accounted for 653 fatalities

What to Do If You Are Involved in an Auto Accident

If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident, be sure to speak with the proper authorities. You can then speak with an attorney at our Melbourne injury accident law firm. You may be able to seek damages from the liable party who caused the accident.

Contact Our Injury Accident Law Firm

For more information about your legal options following a catastrophic collision, we encourage you to contact our skilled auto accident and injury lawyers. You can reach Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. by phone at (321) 631-5446.

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