According to the data from the report on road-accident fatalities from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle researchers, the deadliest US states tend to be the ones having the most rural settings.
Montana, which has 96 percent of roads situated in rural-open space areas, heads the deadliest list with 22.6 highway fatalities per year at each 100,000 persons mark, seconded by Mississippi (85% rural roads) and North Dakota (98% rural roads) tied at 20.5 deaths annually per 100,000 residents. While it may seem surprising, at the other end of the corridor is the densely populated Washington, D.C. which has zero miles of rural roads and just 3.1 deaths per 100,000 residents, seconded by Massachusetts with only 22 percent of roads outside urban agglomerations and only 4.9 fatalities per 100,000 people. “Speed is likely to be among the most important causative factors,” comments Sivak, adding there are also numerous differences in terms of alcohol consumption, age distribution of drivers, driver aggression and other variable factors by region.
Additionally, the Federal Highway Administration data shows the top five states in terms of high fatality rate also average 15,663 annual miles driven per licensed driver, with those at the other end of the spectrum averaging a lower tally of 11,676 miles. These are the top ten deadliest US states: Montana: 22.6 deaths (per 100,000 residents); Mississippi: 20.5 deaths; North Dakota: 20.5 deaths; West Virginia: 17.9 deaths; Alabama: 17.6 deaths; Oklahoma: 17.6 deaths; Arkansas: 16.3 deaths; South Carolina: 16.1 deaths; South Dakota: 16.0 deaths and Tennessee: 15.3 deaths. These are the ten safest US states: District of Columbia: 3.1 deaths; Massachusetts: 4.9 deaths; New Jersey: 6.1 deaths; New York: 6.1 deaths; Rhode Island: 6.2 deaths; Washington: 6.3 deaths; Alaska: 6.9 deaths; Minnesota: 7.1 deaths; Hawaii: 7.3 deaths and Utah: 7.6 deaths.