It can be difficult to know how dangerous or safe it is to drive in your state. Some states have more fatal accidents with a few key contributing factors. Let's take a look at the most dangerous places to drive this year to see if your area is safe.
Worst States for Car Accidents
You are statistically more likely to be involved in a car accident when driving in heavily-traveled areas. States on the East Coast with busy roads have the highest incidents of traffic accidents. These states also have a high rate of commuter traffic. More than 60% of fatal car accidents during rush hour happen between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. when commuters are headed home.
In New Hampshire, nearly 30% of all fatal crashes in the state happen during commuting hours. New Hampshire launched a Driving Towards Zero initiative, which seeks to reduce traffic fatalities by 50% before 2030.
5 states with the most car accidents:
5 states with the most fatal car accidents:
North Carolina (1,321)
Drunk-Driving-Related Car Accidents and Fatalities
In 2018, 29% of all fatal car crashes involved a driver with blood-alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit. In about 70% of alcohol-related fatal accidents, the driver had BAC at least double the legal limit. Even though that number seems high, drunk driving fatalities have decreased 9% across the country over the past decade.
Drunk driving accounts for 30% of traffic fatalities across the country. Here are the states with the most drunk driving accidents:
Montana has the most drunk-driving-related deaths per 100,000 people. The state's population is about 1 million. In 2018, there were 79 drunk driving fatalities.
"Despite the fact that it’s illegal to drive drunk, one person was killed every 50 minutes in a drunk driving crash on our nation’s roads in 2018," said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "That's a total of 10,511 people who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in one year. Alcohol consumption impairs your thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination — all vital to operating a vehicle safely. You begin to feel the effects of alcohol at a BAC under .08."
Most Dangerous States for Drivers
Driving is one of the most statistically dangerous things you can do. Even though cars are safer than ever and designed to keep you and your passengers safe in an accident, there are still numerous crash-related injuries and fatalities every year.
5 most dangerous states for drivers:
These five states have the highest rate of fatal car crashes per 100 million miles traveled. Using miles traveled as a method of calculating the danger of driving in a state is important, as it shows how likely you may be to get into an accident.
Montana appears on this list as well as the list of states that have a high rate of DUI accidents. With a population of just over 1 million people with a median age of 40, one may assume that Montana's size combined with its low population would make it a safer place to drive. However, these statistics reveal the truth.
While you can't control other drivers on the road, the weather, or wildlife, you can increase your chances of being able to avoid a car accident by improving your driving skills. You can build on the knowledge you gained in driver's ed by taking a defensive driving course or by participating in a driver improvement course.