May 7

Safest and Most Dangerous States for Auto Accidents

Ranking Dangerous Car Crash States - Scranton, PA

Posted on May 7, 2019 — by Tom Foley III

Rollover passenger truck accidentAt the Foley Law Firm in Scranton, PA, our attorneys have helped countless clients seek legal damages following car accidents and auto collisions. The fact is that auto accidents can happen anywhere. That said, some places are more dangerous that others. In fact if you look at some statistics, it turns out that some states are far more dangerous than others for motorists.

Let’s take a moment to look at the 10 safest states for drivers and the 10 most dangerous states for drivers. Unless otherwise noted, the information below comes from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) fatal accident statistics for 2016.

The Safest States for Drivers

The 10 safest states for drivers in America are as follows:

  • Massachusetts - 0.63 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 389 car crash fatalities
  • Rhode Island - 0.64 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 51 car crash fatalities
  • Minnesota - 0.66 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 392 car crash fatalities
  • District of Columbia - 0.75 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 27 car crash fatalities
  • New Jersey - 0.78 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 601 car crash fatalities
  • New York - 0.83 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 1,025 car crash fatalities
  • Vermont - 0.84 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 62 car crash fatalities
  • Maryland - 0.85 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 505 car crash fatalities
  • Washington - 0.88 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 537 car crash fatalities
  • Utah - 0.89 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 281 car crash fatalities

The Most Dangerous States for Drivers

The 10 most dangerous states for drivers in America are as follows:

  • South Carolina - 1.86 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 1,015 car crash fatalities
  • Kentucky - 1.69 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 834 car crash fatalities
  • Mississippi - 1.69 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 690 car crash fatalities
  • Alaska - 1.6 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 84 car crash fatalities
  • Louisiana - 1.54 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 757 car crash fatalities
  • Arkansas - 1.52 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 545 car crash fatalities
  • Montana - 1.51 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 190 car crash fatalities
  • Alabama - 1.5 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 1,038 car crash fatalities
  • Florida - 1.47 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 3,176 car crash fatalities
  • Idaho - 1.47 deaths per 100 million miles traveled; 253 car crash fatalities

A Closer Look at Pennsylvania Auto Accident Numbers

As you may have noticed, Pennsylvania didn’t rank in the safest or deadliest states in the country. For a sense of comparison, let’s share the NHTSA numbers and other figures for Pennsylvania.

According to NHTSA stats for our state, there were 1,188 auto accident fatalities in 2016, with 1.18 deaths in auto crashes per 100 million miles traveled. Looking at 2016 auto collision statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, we can get a better idea of crashes in the Scranton area. Firstly, there were 82,971 injury crashes in the state in 2016. Focusing on Lackawanna County in particular, the PA DOT recorded 15 fatal crashes and 1,238 injury crashes.

Learn More About Auto Accident Lawsuits

To learn more about your legal options after being involved in a serious car crash, be sure to contact our team of skilled auto accident attorneys. The team at Foley Law Firm is here to help. You can reach our Scranton office by phone at (570) 342-8194.

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