State by State Safety Rankings

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The annual report titled the 2018 Road Map of State Highway Safety Laws issued by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety lists the states that are most protective towards highway safety.

On average, there are 100 people killed and 6,500 injured in vehicle accidents daily in the United States. The report even details 16 laws that are needed to ensure safety, yet, not one state has all 16 laws.

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Important Statistics

  • Between 2014-2015 (8.4%) and 2016 (5.6%) were the highest increase in traffic fatalities in more than five decades.
  • Traffic fatalities are leading cause of death for those between ages of 5-34.
  • 48% of those killed were not using a seatbelt.
  • 14% of all accidents resulted in a fatality.
  • 10,585 accidents were due to drinking and driving and 3,450 were due to distracted driving.

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Financial Burden of Accidents

  • Economic costs of accidents results in $77 billion in losses of workplace productivity.
  • $23 billion in medical costs.
  • $76 billion in property damage.
  • $65 billion in other related costs for a total of $242 billion.
  • Factoring in loss of life or a loss of quality of life, $595 billion, a total of $836 billion each year.
  • Averaged out for individual, this amounts to $784 per person (crash tax).

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Motorcycle Helmets

  • Motorcycle fatalities have doubled since 1997 with a 5% increase since previous year.
  • 1,859 more lives would have been saved with mandatory helmet laws.
  • Motorcycle accidents cost almost $13 billion, $2.7 billion saved because of helmets.
  • With equal population, states without helmet laws resulted in 12 times more motorcycle fatalities.
  • Costs saved to states with mandatory helmet laws was $725 per registered motorcycle.

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State Rankings

Green Ratings meaning states that have a higher optimal rating are: California, Oregon, Washington, Louisiana, Delaware and Rhode Island.

A Yellow Rating meant improvement needed: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Red Ratings, the worst states, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, Florida (no surprise there), Vermont and New Hampshire.

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Fatal Car Accident Rankings (high to low)

  • Texas (3,776)
  • California (3,623)
  • Florida (3,174)
  • Georgia (1,554)
  • North Carolina (1,450)
  • Ohio (1,132)
  • Pennsylvania (1,128)
  • Illinois (1,082)
  • Michigan (1,064)
  • Tennessee (1,041)
  • Alabama (1,038)
  • New York (1,025)
  • South Carolina (1,105)
  • Arizona (962)
  • Missouri (945)
  • Kentucky (834)
  • Indiana (821)
  • Virginia (760)
  • Louisiana (757)
  • Missippii (690)
  • Oklahoma (683)
  • Colorado (608)
  • Wisconsin (607)
  • New Jersey (601)
  • Arkansas (545)
  • Washington (537)
  • Maryland (505)
  • Oregon (494)
  • Kansas (429)
  • Iowa (404)
  • New Mexico (402)
  • Minnesota (392)
  • Massachusetts (389)
  • Nevada (328)
  • Utah (281)
  • Connecticut (293)
  • West Virginia (269)
  • Idaho (253)
  • Nebraska (218)
  • Montana (190)
  • Maine (161)
  • New Hampshire (136)
  • Hawaii (120)
  • Delaware (119)
  • South Dakota (116)
  • North Dakota (113)
  • Wyoming (112)
  • Alaska (84)
  • Vermont (62)
  • Rhode Island (51)
  • District of Columbia (27)

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The full report can be seen via this link.

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