According to The U.S. Census Bureau report of traffic fatalities by state, there has been a noticeable decrease in deaths per 100 million miles driven from 1990 to 2009, with statistics noted every five years.
Fatalities For Every 100 Million Miles Driven: 2.12
Maybe it’s not a shock that a state that had speed limits overturned by its own Supreme Court in the 1990s before settling on a 75 mph limit has the highest rate of fatalities.
The residents of Big Sky Country drive longer than anybody else in the nation.
Crunch the numbers, and it’s a state of about ten people per square mile, one of the lowest population densities in America.
Maybe Montana should go back to no speed limits. According to some studies, Montana was actually safer without speed limits.
Fatalities For Every 100 Million Miles Driven: 2.03
Louisiana, on the other hand, is a much smaller state with a lot more people.
Of course, the poor road conditions don’t help matters. At least half the state’s roads are in mediocre to poor condition.
3. South Carolina
Fatalities For Every 100 Million Miles Driven: 1.86
South Carolina just isn’t applying itself.
We know this because out of all our states on this list, it’s the only one to also make the bottom ten for least knowledge of the rules of the road, according to a GMAC survey.
4. West Virginia
Fatalities For Every 100 Million Miles Driven: 1.82
West Virginia is a state with a lot of mountains, and that makes driving a real problem.
It has a lot of twisty roads which have drops off the side.
Even worse, it’s coal country, so a lot of huge trucks and other heavy equipment are trying to thread a needle through those passes.
Fatalities For Every 100 Million Miles Driven: 1.81
Almost tying West Virgina and rounding out our bottom five is Arkansas.
Perhaps it’s because everybody is in a hurry to get as far away from such places.
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Fatalities For Every 100 Million Miles Driven: 1.79
Considering Mississippi’s less-than-sterling reputation as our fattest and poorest state, it’s probably not the biggest surprise that it made the list.
In this case, though, it’s not so much the rural nature of the state as poverty that’s the problem.
Mississippi is the poorest state in the nation, and with that comes the fact that the cars aren’t new or even road safe.
Mississippi doesn’t have much in the way of public transit. Hence, there are a lot of cars on the road that should not be.
Fatalities For Every 100 Million Miles Driven: 1.74
A state with a long history of illegal alcohol distillation and the resulting high-speed chases to outrun government agents, the state that gave birth to both horse racing and NASCAR has a bit of an accident problem?
We can hardly restrain our shock!
Fatalities For Every 100 Million Miles Driven: 1.68
Wyoming’s driving problem doesn’t stem from its wide-open spaces, low population, or general lack of roads.
The problem has roots in the state’s extremely lax traffic laws.
Fatalities For Every 100 Million Miles Driven: 1.63
You know, we’d like to know what it is with the Southeast that six of their states have turned up on the list.
Do y’all just not have Driver’s Ed down there, or was it a concerted effort to get on this list?
We’re just going to assume it’s because everybody in the state goes to a Crimson Tide home game. We’ve seen free beer giveaways that were less crowded than a ‘Bama game.
Fatalities For Every 100 Million Miles Driven: 1.56
Last but not least, we’ve got the only state that can blame its terrible driving record on tourism.
Nevada has a lot of rural roads, but unlike most rural states, a lot of people are driving on those roads to get to Las Vegas.
The natural inclination to drunkenness and sobriety that Vegas encourages also means the city has a wee bit of a drunk driving problem, especially on big holiday weekends.
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