Fatal Car Accidents by State

Motor accidents have a long and bloody history within the U.S, from 1889 when motorists were driving the first cars up till today. The frequency of accidents and their fatality differs significantly from state to state, as the metric is measured based on the population of each state. Overall, the U.S. suffered 49,215 deaths due to motor accidents in 2021, which marks a 10.5% increase from 2020. This is the highest number of deaths the U.S. had due to motor accidents since 2005 when 43,005 people were killed. 

Most of the time, the reason a car crash becomes fatal is due to poor road safety practices from drivers. As such, the best way to prevent motor accidents would be to follow the laws of the road and to promote a culture of safety when driving. 

The increase in the number of fatalities due to motor accidents is alarming, and the federal government has not been idle. The DRIVE Safe act introduced in the senate aims to improve safety practices for commercial vehicles by instituting an apprenticeship period before a license can be earned and that these commercial vehicles are equipped with proper safety technologies. 

To compare the differences in fatal car accidents from state to state, explore the data in the charts. 

Number of Fatal Car Accidents by State

Alabama

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852

#13 in the US

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934

#14 in the US

Alaska

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53

#50 in the US

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64

#49 in the US

Arizona

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967

#9 in the US

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1,054

#11 in the US

Arkansas

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585

#20 in the US

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638

#21 in the US

California

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3,558

#1 in the US

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3,847

#2 in the US

Colorado

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574

#21 in the US

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622

#22 in the US

Connecticut

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279

#34 in the US

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295

#34 in the US

Delaware

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104

#44 in the US

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116

#44 in the US

District of Columbia

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34

#51 in the US

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36

#51 in the US

Florida

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3,098

#2 in the US

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3,331

#3 in the US

Georgia

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1,522

#3 in the US

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1,664

#4 in the US

Hawaii

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81

#47 in the US

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85

#47 in the US

Idaho

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188

#39 in the US

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214

#38 in the US

Illinois

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1,087

#7 in the US

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1,194

#7 in the US

Indiana

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815

#14 in the US

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897

#15 in the US

Iowa

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304

#32 in the US

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337

#32 in the US

Kansas

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382

#27 in the US

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426

#28 in the US

Kentucky

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709

#17 in the US

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780

#18 in the US

Louisiana

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762

#16 in the US

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828

#17 in the US

Maine

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151

#40 in the US

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164

#40 in the US

Maryland

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540

#24 in the US

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567

#25 in the US

Massachusetts

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327

#31 in the US

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343

#31 in the US

Michigan

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1,011

#8 in the US

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1,084

#9 in the US

Minnesota

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369

#28 in the US

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394

#30 in the US

Mississippi

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687

#18 in the US

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752

#19 in the US

Missouri

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914

#12 in the US

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987

#13 in the US

Montana

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190

#38 in the US

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213

#39 in the US

Nebraska

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217

#37 in the US

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233

#37 in the US

Nevada

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293

#33 in the US

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317

#33 in the US

New Hampshire

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98

#45 in the US

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104

#45 in the US

New Jersey

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547

#23 in the US

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584

#24 in the US

New Mexico

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365

#29 in the US

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398

#29 in the US

New York

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963

#10 in the US

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1,046

#12 in the US

North Carolina

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1,412

#4 in the US

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1,538

#5 in the US

North Dakota

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96

#46 in the US

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100

#46 in the US

Ohio

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1,154

#5 in the US

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123

#43 in the US

Oklahoma

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599

#19 in the US

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652

#20 in the US

Oregon

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461

#26 in the US

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508

#27 in the US

Pennsylvania

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106

#43 in the US

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1,129

#8 in the US

Rhode Island

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66

#48 in the US

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67

#48 in the US

South Carolina

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962

#11 in the US

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1,064

#10 in the US

South Dakota

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132

#41 in the US

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141

#41 in the US

Tennessee

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1,119

#6 in the US

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1,217

#6 in the US

Texas

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352

#30 in the US

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3,874

#1 in the US

Utah

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256

#35 in the US

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276

#35 in the US

Vermont

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58

#49 in the US

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62

#50 in the US

Virginia

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796

#15 in the US

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850

#16 in the US

Washington

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525

#25 in the US

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560

#26 in the US

West Virginia

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249

#36 in the US

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267

#36 in the US

Wisconsin

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561

#22 in the US

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614

#23 in the US

Wyoming

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114

#42 in the US

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127

#42 in the US