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US States With the Most Car Accidents

According to data presented by Geotab, these US states see the most car accidents.

Speeding, careless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and poor weather conditions are among the major causes of road accidents in the US. As indicated by the statistics provided, the rate of accidents varies from state to state. Florida, Tennessee, Arizona, South Carolina and North Carolina are among the states with the highest rates of accidents. The states of Massachusetts, North Dakota, Minnesota, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Vermont, and Alaska have relatively low rates of car accidents.

Major Causes Of Accidents In The US

Age Of Drivers

It was estimated that in the year 2013, 2407 people died as a result of car crashes in Florida. This number has been surging since then and as the years go by, an increasing number of car accidents are being reported in this state. One of the factors contributing to the high number car accidents in Florida is the old age of drivers. Florida hosts a large population of retired Americans. As opposed to other states where a high rate of accidents is attributed teenage drivers, in the state of Florida, the proportion of accidents is attributed to the elderly drivers.

Careless/Distracted Driving

Another contributor to the high rates of fatal car crashes in states like Tennessee, Florida and New Mexico is careless/distracted driving. Statistics indicate that up to a third of all fatal car accidents in states that record a high number of car accidents are caused by careless drivers who do not keenly observe traffic rules. Additionally, the high rates of accidents in such states are caused by distraction and interruption to drivers. In this age of technological advancements, one of the key distractions to drivers are mobile phones, computers and mobile audio devices. In addition to the gadgets, eating, drinking and smoking have also been established as major distractions contributing to the high number of car accidents in Florida and Tennessee. For example, in the year 2012, an astonishing 7651 car crashes in the state of Florida were attributed to careless or negligent driving.

Influence Of Alcohol And Drugs

Alcohol and drug use while driving have also found to be critical contributors to the high number of car accidents in some US states. Out of the 17,258 car crashes in Florida in the year 2012, drunken-driving was a major contributor in a number of the cases. Driving under the influence of alcohol and other hard drugs has also been established as a contributor to the high number of car accidents recorded in the state of Tennessee.

Solutions To The Problem

While the above states are recording high rates of car crashes, some states of the US are faring better in ensuring traffic safety within their territory. One such state is the state of Alaska. One of the main reasons why Alaska has a very low accident rate is its strict graduated driving license provisions. Across the US, teenage drivers are major victims of car crashes. It is estimated that in the US, teenage drivers are four times as likely to be involved in car accidents than other drivers. Strong driving license provisions is thus one of the key factors that has helped states like Alaska and Vermont record low rates of car accident cases.

US States With the Most Car Accidents

Rank´╗┐StateNumber of Crashes
1Florida1011
2Tennessee437
3New Mexico344
4Alabama336
5Louisiana271
6Texas268
7Arizona249
8Washington245
9South Carolina244
10North Carolina201
11Virginia190
12Ohio186
13Nebraska179
14Wyoming175
15Missouri158
16New York156
17Iowa154
18Nevada153
19Connecticut147
20Arkansas143
21Idaho142
22Kansas134
23Oklahoma132
24Montana130
25Oregon125
26Georgia124
27Mississippi120
28Maryland118
29California116
30Wisconsin115
31Kentucky115
32Utah112
33Colorado111
34Michigan111
35New Jersey111
36Pennsylvania106
37Delaware106
38Indiana106
39West Virginia101
40Illinois100
41Maine89
42Massachusetts87
43North Dakota86
44Hawaii72
45Minnesota60
46New Hampshire57
47South Dakota48
48Vermont46
49Rhode Island39
50Alaska32

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