This Is How Dangerous It Is to Drive in Every State

The next time you hit the road, consider taking a detour to avoid these risky routes.

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You're always taking a risk when you get behind the wheel. But beyond human error and car trouble, the route you choose to drive and the state you're in can also play a large part in how likely you are to get in a car accident. In fact, the experts at AutoInsurance.org analyzed the most recent data from the NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and found that some states are way more dangerous to drive in than others. They also discovered that, contrary to popular belief, more crashes occur on rural roads than city streets. Even when factoring in traffic differences, the fatality rate per vehicle mile driven is three times higher in the countryside compared to urban areas.

For drivers across America, we've ranked each state from safest to most dangerous. The next time you grab your keys and hit the open road, you may want to consider taking a detour around these accident-heavy regions. And for more things you should avoid doing in a vehicle, check out the 7 Mistakes You're Making Every Time You Get in Your Car.

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Rhode Island

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 4.8
Total number of fatal crashes: 48

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New York

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 5.2
Total number of fatal crashes: 965

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Massachusetts

Sailboats on the Charles River with Boston's Back Bay skyline in the background.
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 5.8
Total number of fatal crashes: 359

And for some scenic byways that are safe to cruise down, These Are the Best Road Trips in New England.

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New Jersey

ATLANTIC CITY, USA - SEPTEMBER 20, 2017: Atlantic city waterline aerial view. AC is a tourist city in New Jersey famous for its casinos, boardwalks, and beaches
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 6.7
Total number of fatal crashes: 569

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Minnesota

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 7.2
Total number of fatal crashes: 357

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Washington

Seattle, Washington
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 7.6
Total number of fatal crashes: 504

And to see more gorgeous overlooks in the Pacific Northwest, These Are the Best West Coast Road Trips in America.

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Connecticut

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 8.2
Total number of fatal crashes: 281

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Illinois

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 8.4
Total number of fatal crashes: 1,003

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Hawaii

Honolulu Hawaii
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 8.5
Total number of fatal crashes: 109

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Maryland

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 8.5
Total number of fatal crashes: 472

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Virginia

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 9.2
Total number of fatal crashes: 722

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Pennsylvania

downtown pittsburgh pennsylvania
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 9.3
Total number of fatal crashes: 1,088

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California

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 9.4
Total number of fatal crashes: 3,357

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Utah

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 9.5
Total number of fatal crashes: 259

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Ohio

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 9.8
Total number of fatal crashes: 1,053

And for some stunning routes in this region, These Are the Best Road Trips in the Midwest.

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Vermont

The skyline of Montpelier, Vermont in autumn with brick buildings and a church steeple
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 9.9
Total number of fatal crashes: 57

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New Hampshire

waterfront town with a harbor and boats at sunset
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 10.2
Total number of fatal crashes: 130

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Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconson
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 10.6
Total number of fatal crashes: 544

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Michigan

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 10.7
Total number of fatal crashes: 980

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Colorado

Mount Crested Butte, Colorado village in summer with colorful sunrise by wooden lodging houses on hills with green trees
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 11.3
Total number of fatal crashes: 558

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Alaska

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 11.4
Total number of fatal crashes: 78

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Nebraska

The skyline of Omaha, Nebraska
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 11.6
Total number of fatal crashes: 194

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Nevada

las vegas strip in nevada
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 11.6
Total number of fatal crashes: 303

And for more beautiful drives near Nevada, These Are the Best Road Trips in the Southwest.

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Maine

Casco Bay Bridge spans Fore River connecting South Portland and Portland in Maine.
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 12.1
Total number of fatal crashes: 151

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Oregon

Eugene, Oregon, USA downtown cityscape at dusk.
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 12.4
Total number of fatal crashes: 446

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Indiana

Indianapolis Indiana skyline
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 12.5
Total number of fatal crashes: 768

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Delaware

the circle in georgetown delaware
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 12.7
Total number of fatal crashes: 116

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Iowa

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 13.0
Total number of fatal crashes: 356

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South Dakota

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 13.6
Total number of fatal crashes: 103

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Texas

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 14.0
Total number of fatal crashes: 3,407

Texas is a massive state. To discover more of it, check out The Best Road Trips in the South.

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Arizona

The skyline of Tucson, Arizona with cacti in the foreground
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 14.3
Total number of fatal crashes: 865

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North Carolina

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 14.6
Total number of fatal crashes: 1,348

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West Virginia

charleston west virginia skyline
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 14.6
Total number of fatal crashes: 250

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Kansas

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 14.8
Total number of fatal crashes: 381

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Georgia

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 15.4
Total number of fatal crashes: 1,422

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North Dakota

theodore roosevelt national park full of wild buffalos
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 15.4
Total number of fatal crashes: 102

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Idaho

boise idaho
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 15.5
Total number of fatal crashes: 232

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Missouri

skyline of st. louis missouri
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 15.6
Total number of fatal crashes: 868

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Florida

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 15.9
Total number of fatal crashes: 2,933

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Tennessee

Nashville Tennessee TN Drone Skyline Aerial Panorama.
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 15.9
Total number of fatal crashes: 966

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Louisiana

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 16.3
Total number of fatal crashes: 704

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Oklahoma

oklahoma city skyline state capitol buildings
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 17.6
Total number of fatal crashes: 624

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Arkansas

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 18.4
Total number of fatal crashes: 488

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Montana

Montana
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 18.6
Total number of fatal crashes: 171

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Kentucky

frankfort kentucky state capitol buildings
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 18.9
Total number of fatal crashes: 763

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Wyoming

Panoramic aerial view of Jackson Hole homes and beautiful mountains on a summer morning, Wyoming.
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 19.2
Total number of fatal crashes: 100

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New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 19.3
Total number of fatal crashes: 358

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South Carolina

Scenic View of the St. Michaels Church from Broad St. in Charleston, SC
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 21.0
Total number of fatal crashes: 936

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Alabama

An aerial photo of downtown Mobile, Alabama
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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 21.4
Total number of fatal crashes: 937

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Mississippi

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Road fatalities per 100,000 people: 23.1
Total number of fatal crashes: 628

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