Worst Drivers by State

The major popularity of motor vehicles in the United States and the long rich history of automobiles within the U.S. it is unsurprising that traffic accidents have become part and parcel of American life. 

Traffic accidents in the United States reached a sixteen-year-high in 2021, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimating 42,915 deaths in motor vehicle accidents. A state’s population, for obvious reasons, is one of the largest factors in their general road safety. Other factors include types of vehicles, climate, topography, and travel speeds. But the way to observe which states have the worst drivers is by examining the fatality rate, expressed (per capita) in the number of deaths per 100,000 people.

See for yourself which states have the worst drivers by browsing the data in the charts.

Car Accident Fatalities by State

Alabama - Car Accident Fatalities

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934

#14 in the US

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852

#13 in the US

Alaska - Car Accident Fatalities

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64

#49 in the US

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53

#50 in the US

Arizona - Car Accident Fatalities

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1,054

#11 in the US

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967

#9 in the US

Arkansas - Car Accident Fatalities

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638

#21 in the US

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585

#20 in the US

California - Car Accident Fatalities

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3,847

#2 in the US

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3,558

#1 in the US

Colorado - Car Accident Fatalities

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622

#22 in the US

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574

#21 in the US

Connecticut - Car Accident Fatalities

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295

#34 in the US

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279

#34 in the US

Delaware - Car Accident Fatalities

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116

#44 in the US

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104

#44 in the US

District of Columbia - Car Accident Fatalities

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36

#51 in the US

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34

#51 in the US

Florida - Car Accident Fatalities

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3,331

#3 in the US

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3,098

#2 in the US

Georgia - Car Accident Fatalities

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1,664

#4 in the US

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1,522

#3 in the US

Hawaii - Car Accident Fatalities

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85

#47 in the US

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81

#47 in the US

Idaho - Car Accident Fatalities

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214

#38 in the US

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188

#39 in the US

Illinois - Car Accident Fatalities

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1,194

#7 in the US

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1,087

#7 in the US

Indiana - Car Accident Fatalities

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897

#15 in the US

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815

#14 in the US

Iowa - Car Accident Fatalities

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337

#32 in the US

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304

#32 in the US

Kansas - Car Accident Fatalities

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426

#28 in the US

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382

#27 in the US

Kentucky - Car Accident Fatalities

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780

#18 in the US

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709

#17 in the US

Louisiana - Car Accident Fatalities

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828

#17 in the US

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762

#16 in the US

Maine - Car Accident Fatalities

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164

#40 in the US

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151

#40 in the US

Maryland - Car Accident Fatalities

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567

#25 in the US

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540

#24 in the US

Massachusetts - Car Accident Fatalities

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343

#31 in the US

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327

#31 in the US

Michigan - Car Accident Fatalities

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1,084

#9 in the US

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1,011

#8 in the US

Minnesota - Car Accident Fatalities

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394

#30 in the US

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369

#28 in the US

Mississippi - Car Accident Fatalities

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752

#19 in the US

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687

#18 in the US

Missouri - Car Accident Fatalities

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987

#13 in the US

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914

#12 in the US

Montana - Car Accident Fatalities

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213

#39 in the US

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190

#38 in the US

Nebraska - Car Accident Fatalities

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233

#37 in the US

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217

#37 in the US

Nevada - Car Accident Fatalities

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317

#33 in the US

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293

#33 in the US

New Hampshire - Car Accident Fatalities

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104

#45 in the US

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98

#45 in the US

New Jersey - Car Accident Fatalities

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584

#24 in the US

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547

#23 in the US

New Mexico - Car Accident Fatalities

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398

#29 in the US

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365

#29 in the US

New York - Car Accident Fatalities

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1,046

#12 in the US

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963

#10 in the US

North Carolina - Car Accident Fatalities

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1,538

#5 in the US

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1,412

#4 in the US

North Dakota - Car Accident Fatalities

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100

#46 in the US

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96

#46 in the US

Ohio - Car Accident Fatalities

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123

#43 in the US

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1,154

#5 in the US

Oklahoma - Car Accident Fatalities

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652

#20 in the US

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599

#19 in the US

Oregon - Car Accident Fatalities

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508

#27 in the US

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461

#26 in the US

Pennsylvania - Car Accident Fatalities

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1,129

#8 in the US

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106

#43 in the US

Rhode Island - Car Accident Fatalities

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67

#48 in the US

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66

#48 in the US

South Carolina - Car Accident Fatalities

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1,064

#10 in the US

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962

#11 in the US

South Dakota - Car Accident Fatalities

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141

#41 in the US

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132

#41 in the US

Tennessee - Car Accident Fatalities

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1,217

#6 in the US

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1,119

#6 in the US

Texas - Car Accident Fatalities

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3,874

#1 in the US

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352

#30 in the US

Utah - Car Accident Fatalities

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276

#35 in the US

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256

#35 in the US

Vermont - Car Accident Fatalities

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62

#50 in the US

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58

#49 in the US

Virginia - Car Accident Fatalities

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850

#16 in the US

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796

#15 in the US

Washington - Car Accident Fatalities

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560

#26 in the US

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525

#25 in the US

West Virginia - Car Accident Fatalities

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267

#36 in the US

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249

#36 in the US

Wisconsin - Car Accident Fatalities

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614

#23 in the US

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561

#22 in the US

Wyoming - Car Accident Fatalities

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127

#42 in the US

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114

#42 in the US