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  • Most dangerous states to drive in
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    Most dangerous states to drive in

    Speed bumps, stop signs, and seat belt alarms are all subtle annoyances for anybody who’s ever ridden in a car. In the context of our very busy lives, they can oftentimes feel like unnecessary precautions whose primary purpose is to get under the skin of drivers and passengers alike. But when you step back and analyze the frequency with which ignoring these safety measures can result in life-changing situations, it becomes clear how imperative it is to follow them. In 2017 alone, upwards of 40,000 people lost their lives in automotive incidents which, for the most part, were entirely preventableaccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 94% of car accidents are the fault of negligent driving, as opposed to automotive malfunctions or environmental conditions.

    To help understand how driving risks vary across the country, Stacker analyzed data from the Federal Highway Administration’s 2016 Highway Statistics report to determine which states which saw the most vehicle-related deaths per billion miles driven. These annual figures account for anyone who passed within 30 days of sustaining injuries of an accident. Stacker looked at data across all 50 U.S. states as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

    Driving cultures, conditions, and regulations can vary from state to state—read on to discover which states see the highest rates of fatal accidents across America.

  • #52. Massachusetts
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    #52. Massachusetts

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 6.3

    Total fatalities: 389 (372 urban, 17 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 61,824.9

  • #51. Rhode Island
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    #51. Rhode Island

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 6.4

    Total fatalities: 51 (41 urban, 10 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 7,927.1

  • #50. Minnesota
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    #50. Minnesota

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 6.6

    Total fatalities: 392 (159 urban, 232 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 59,028.8

  • #49. District of Columbia
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    #49. District of Columbia

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 7.5

    Total fatalities: 27 (26 urban, 0 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 3,622.0

  • #48. New Jersey
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    #48. New Jersey

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 7.8

    Total fatalities: 601 (512 urban, 85 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 77,092.6

  • #47. New York
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    #47. New York

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 8.3

    Total fatalities: 1,025 (569 urban, 456 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 122,930.0

  • #46. Vermont
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    #46. Vermont

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 8.4

    Total fatalities: 62 (10 urban, 52 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 7,381.9

  • #45. Maryland
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    #45. Maryland

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 8.5

    Total fatalities: 505 (393 urban, 106 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 59,137.3

  • #44. Washington
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    #44. Washington

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 8.8

    Total fatalities: 537 (297 urban, 234 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 61,017.8

  • #43. Utah
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    #43. Utah

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 8.9

    Total fatalities: 281 (160 urban, 119 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 31,448.9

  • #42. Virginia
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    #42. Virginia

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 9.0

    Total fatalities: 760 (257 urban, 462 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 84,462.7

  • #41. Connecticut
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    #41. Connecticut

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 9.3

    Total fatalities: 293 (251 urban, 37 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 31,638.6

  • #40. Wisconsin
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    #40. Wisconsin

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 9.5

    Total fatalities: 607 (194 urban, 405 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 64,046.4

  • #39. Ohio
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    #39. Ohio

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 9.5

    Total fatalities: 1,132 (614 urban, 508 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 118,607.6

  • #38. Indiana
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    #38. Indiana

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 9.9

    Total fatalities: 821 (279 urban, 539 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 83,182.8

  • #37. New Hampshire
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    #37. New Hampshire

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 10.1

    Total fatalities: 136 (61 urban, 75 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 13,512.6

  • #36. Illinois
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    #36. Illinois

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 10.1

    Total fatalities: 1,082 (642 urban, 438 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 107,314.1

  • #35. Nebraska
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    #35. Nebraska

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 10.5

    Total fatalities: 218 (52 urban, 166 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 20,699.9

  • #34. California
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    #34. California

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 10.6

    Total fatalities: 3,620 (1,985 urban, 1,518 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 340,114.9

  • #33. Michigan
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    #33. Michigan

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 10.7

    Total fatalities: 1064 (634 urban, 424 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 99,432.5

  • #32. Maine
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    #32. Maine

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 10.9

    Total fatalities: 161 (28 urban, 130 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 14,838.3

  • #31. Hawaii
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    #31. Hawaii

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 11.3

    Total fatalities: 120 (94 urban, 25 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 10,635.4

  • #30. North Dakota
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    #30. North Dakota

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 11.6

    Total fatalities: 113 (7 urban, 106 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 9,739.2

  • #29. Colorado
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    #29. Colorado

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 11.7

    Total fatalities: 608 (342 urban, 266 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 52,151.6

  • #28. Delaware
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    #28. Delaware

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 11.7

    Total fatalities: 119 (50 urban, 69 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 10,177.6

  • #27. Pennsylvania
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    #27. Pennsylvania

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 11.7

    Total fatalities: 1,188 (528 urban, 647 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 101,362.5

  • #26. Wyoming
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    #26. Wyoming

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 12.0

    Total fatalities: 112 (21 urban, 91 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 9,322.5

  • #25. Iowa
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    #25. Iowa

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 12.1

    Total fatalities: 404 (98 urban, 306 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 33,337.0

  • #24. South Dakota
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    #24. South Dakota

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 12.2

    Total fatalities: 116 (13 urban, 103 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 9,506.5

  • #23. Nevada
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    #23. Nevada

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 12.2

    Total fatalities: 328 (229 urban, 88 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 26,788.0

  • #22. North Carolina
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    #22. North Carolina

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 12.4

    Total fatalities: 1,450 (543 urban, 902 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 116,748.7

  • #21. Georgia
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    #21. Georgia

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 12.7

    Total fatalities: 1,554 (951 urban, 603 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 122,802.2

  • #20. Missouri
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    #20. Missouri

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 12.8

    Total fatalities: 945 (393 urban, 551 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 74,018.6

  • #19. Kansas
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    #19. Kansas

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 13.4

    Total fatalities: 429 (138 urban, 289 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 32,102.6

  • #18. Oregon
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    #18. Oregon

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 13.5

    Total fatalities: 495 (154 urban, 341 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 36,719.2

  • #17. Tennessee
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    #17. Tennessee

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 13.5

    Total fatalities: 1,041 (573 urban, 464 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 76,883.7

  • #16. West Virginia
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    #16. West Virginia

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 13.8

    Total fatalities: 269 (99 urban, 169 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 19,539.4

  • #15. Texas
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    #15. Texas

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 13.9

    Total fatalities: 3,776 (1,406 urban, 1,457 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 271,262.8

  • #14. Oklahoma
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    #14. Oklahoma

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 13.9

    Total fatalities: 683 (257 urban, 425 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 49,013.3

  • #13. New Mexico
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    #13. New Mexico

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 14.4

    Total fatalities: 402 (172 urban, 226 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 27,885.5

  • #12. Arizona
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    #12. Arizona

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 14.6

    Total fatalities: 962 (618 urban, 338 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 65,785.7

  • #11. Idaho
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    #11. Idaho

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 14.7

    Total fatalities: 253 (47 urban, 192 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 17,198.7

  • #10. Florida
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    #10. Florida

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 14.7

    Total fatalities: 3,174 (1,757 urban, 1,388 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 215,550.7

  • #9. Alabama
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    #9. Alabama

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 15.0

    Total fatalities: 1,038 (326 urban, 647 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 69,227.0

  • #8. Montana
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    #8. Montana

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 15.1

    Total fatalities: 190 (19 urban, 170 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 12,598.7

  • #7. Arkansas
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    #7. Arkansas

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 15.2

    Total fatalities: 545 (183 urban, 362 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 35,754.8

  • #6. Louisiana
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    #6. Louisiana

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 15.4

    Total fatalities: 757 (385 urban, 368 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 49,155.6

  • #5. Alaska
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    #5. Alaska

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 16.0

    Total fatalities: 84 (30 urban, 53 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 5,258.6

  • #4. Kentucky
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    #4. Kentucky

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 16.9

    Total fatalities: 834 (226 urban, 607 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 49,312.7

  • #3. Mississippi
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    #3. Mississippi

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 16.9

    Total fatalities: 690 (15 urban, 675 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 40,754.7

  • #2. South Carolina
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    #2. South Carolina

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 18.6

    Total fatalities: 1,015 (403 urban, 612 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 54,552.6

  • #1. Puerto Rico
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    #1. Puerto Rico

    Fatalities per billion miles travelled: 19.2

    Total fatalities: 279 (104 urban, 175 rural)

    Million miles travelled: 14,564.4

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