Safest and Most Dangerous States to Drive In

When it comes to driving safety, certain states fare better than others. Here’s what you need to know about the states with the best safety statistics and those where driving is more dangerous.

The Safest States by Fatalities

Safewise ranked the states based on the number of driving fatalities per 1,000 residents. They found that Massachusetts was the safest (.048), followed by Rhode Island (.049), New York (.052), New Jersey (.062), and Washington (.064).

Are you interested in knowing the most dangerous states by fatalities? North Dakota (.256) tops the list followed by New Mexico (.203), Montana (.186), Mississippi (.184), and Wyoming (.178). Their analysis is based on data from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

Factors to Consider

In general, Northeast states have fewer fatalities than more rural states in the Northwest, especially on long stretches of cross-country roads. Another critical factor is the speed limit. States with lower speed limits also have fewer speed-related fatalities. These low speed limit states include:

  • New Jersey
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • Florida

The top states with higher speed limits and more speed-related fatalities are:

  • Wyoming
  • North Dakota
  • South Carolina
  • New Mexico
  • Montana

Impaired driving is also something to take into consideration when determining whether a state is safe to drive in. States that are strict on enforcing DUI penalties have fewer fatalities related to substance-impaired driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least one driver had a blood-alcohol level of .15 or higher in 70% of DUI-related driving fatalities nationwide.

Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana, Mississippi, and New Mexico are the most dangerous states when it comes to drunk driving. The safest states are Rhode Island, New York, Minnesota, Utah, and Vermont.

Driver Safety by City

Bankrate analyzed collision likelihood by city. Their analysis found that the safest cities to drive in are:

  • Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Boise, Id.
  • Sioux Falls, S.D
  • Brownsville, Tex.
  • Madison, Wis.
  • Reno, Nev.
  • Huntsville, Ala.
  • Visalia, Calif.
  • Montgomery, Ala.
  • Eugene, Ore.

What one can take away from these statistics is that it’s possible to reduce driving fatalities with changes in laws and behavior. This is evident by the fact that auto deaths nationwide are down 23 percent since 2005. According to Allstate, most drivers will get in a collision about once every ten years, and the vast majority of the incidents are preventable.

No matter what state you live or drive in, you can always count on Car Accident Cases to get you in contact with an experienced car accident attorney in your area. Your attorney will analyze the facts of the case and determine outline the ensuing steps. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.