Mar 12, 2019

Crashes and Deaths by State

How crazy are the drivers in your home state? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does a nice job of providing data for you to decide. Unfortunately, my HTML/Google Blogger capabilities makes this harder than it should be to read. I apologize for that. Excel spreadsheets don't transfer smoothly to webpage tables and correcting the spacing and alignment is beyond my patience and interest. This is 2017 data, but I doubt ANYTHING has improved since then, since nothing else in this country is getting better.

State
Population
Vehicle miles traveled (millions)
Fatal crashes
Deaths
Deaths per 100,000 population
Deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled
South Carolina
5,024,369
54,859
924
988
19.7
1.8
Mississippi
2,984,100
41,387
614
690
23.1
1.67
Louisiana
4,684,333
48,094
696
760
16.2
1.58
Alaska
739,795
5,028
75
79
10.7
1.57
Kentucky
4,454,189
50,284
721
782
17.6
1.56
West Virginia
1,815,857
20,106
280
303
16.7
1.51
Arizona
7,016,270
67,821
919
1,000
14.3
1.47
Montana
1,050,493
12,738
169
186
17.7
1.46
Florida
20,984,400
215,810
2,922
3,112
14.8
1.44
Kansas
2,913,123
32,504
407
461
15.8
1.42
Texas
28,304,596
270,621
3,343
3,722
13.1
1.38
Arkansas
3,004,279
35,746
457
493
16.4
1.38
Idaho
1,716,943
17,676
223
244
14.2
1.38
South Dakota
869,666
9,341
111
129
14.8
1.38
Alabama
4,874,747
69,277
864
948
19.4
1.37
New Mexico
2,088,070
28,171
340
379
18.2
1.35
Oklahoma
3,930,864
49,228
611
655
16.7
1.33
Tennessee
6,715,984
80,128
959
1,040
15.5
1.3
Wyoming
579,315
9,492
105
123
21.2
1.3
Georgia
10,429,379
122,398
1,440
1,540
14.8
1.26
Missouri
6,113,532
74,005
863
930
15.2
1.26
Colorado
5,607,154
53,750
600
648
11.6
1.21
North Carolina
10,273,419
117,754
1,306
1,412
13.7
1.2
North Dakota
755,393
9,760
105
115
15.2
1.18
Oregon
4,142,776
37,528
400
437
10.5
1.16
Delaware
961,939
10,242
112
119
12.4
1.16
Indiana
6,666,818
80,282
836
914
13.7
1.14
Maine
1,335,907
15,063
163
172
12.9
1.14
Nevada
2,998,039
27,803
290
309
10.3
1.11
Pennsylvania
12,805,537
104,022
1,083
1,137
8.9
1.09
Nebraska
1,920,076
20,828
210
228
11.9
1.09
Rhode Island
1,059,639
7,997
76
83
7.8
1.04
California
39,536,653
353,868
3,304
3,602
9.1
1.02
Illinois
12,802,023
107,369
1,005
1,097
8.6
1.02
Hawaii
1,427,538
10,513
96
107
7.5
1.02
Ohio
11,658,609
117,194
1,094
1,179
10.1
1.01
Michigan
9,962,311
103,080
939
1,030
10.3
1
Virginia
8,470,020
85,335
783
839
9.9
0.98
Wisconsin
5,795,483
64,160
557
613
10.6
0.96
Iowa
3,145,711
34,241
301
330
10.5
0.96
Maryland
6,052,177
59,417
511
550
9.1
0.93
Vermont
623,657
7,436
63
69
11.1
0.93
Washington
7,405,743
61,569
536
565
7.6
0.92
Connecticut
3,588,184
32,126
260
278
7.7
0.87
District of Columbia
693,972
3,550
29
31
4.5
0.87
Utah
3,101,833
31,874
247
273
8.8
0.86
New Jersey
9,005,644
76,550
591
624
6.9
0.82
New York
19,849,399
129,146
933
999
5
0.77
New Hampshire
1,342,795
13,467
98
102
7.6
0.76
Minnesota
5,576,606
57,922
340
357
6.4
0.62
Massachusetts
6,859,819
60,560
336
350
5.1
0.58

For me, there were few surprises. I absolutely admit that I would assume that Red States have a higher percentage of pissed off assholes and the resulting sorts of highway deaths and mayhem.Texas is, as you'd expect if you've ever driven or (suicidal-ly ridden a motorcycle) in that nutbin of a state, Deathrace 2017 and Beyond: 10 million fewer people than California but 100 more people dead on the highways. The Southeast is consistently the most dangerous place to be on the road with only Virginia in the safest states at #14. Minnesota Nice appears to be reflected in our highway safety record. Traffic congestion seems to be less of a contributor to highway fatalities than you might think, since Massachusetts, New York, California, and many of the  states with significant urban traffic are under-represented in fatality numbers.

2 comments:

  1. For the Red States: I suspect it is less "pissed off assholes" (those are ubiquitous) and more "lack of regulations and programs to make roads safer". If government doesn't work, don't blame the government; blame the voters.

    And I would expect congestion to make roads safer. Moving at 15mph should cause more fender-benders but fewer major crashes and deaths per mile, unless you add in the deaths due to stress and high blood pressure.

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    1. Good points, except with some parts of the congestion rationale. In California, the 6+ lane freeways are jammed and often moving at 70+mph. Texas has slowest moving and the most congested freeways I've ever experienced and a high death rate. Texas, of course, is full of well-armed and pissed off assholes, which I will quickly admit is the source of most of my red state driving experience. Kansas and Nebraska are pretty much congestion-free and I'm too familiar with the pissed off, racist assholes from both of those states and they are death traps, too. There are assholes everywhere, but social evolution has left a lot of the declining population red states with a growing majority of assholes.

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