In recent years, there have been many published reports which have put considerable questions on the quality of highways across the length and breadth of this country. A recent report by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has graded US roads with a D, which only goes to show the poor state of roads in the country, which presents a very grim state of affairs.

Here is a list of 10 safest states to drive in.

  1. Rhode Island: According to 2016 report by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS,) Rhode Island is one of the safest places in the country for drivers. The state witnessed 48 vehicle crashes in which there were 51 fatalities. Out of these, 18 were car crashes and 12 SUV accidents. 1 accident involved large truck, 6 two-wheeler accidents and 14 were pedestrian fatalities. This are indeed statistics worth taking note of.
  2. New York: Last year, New York had one of the fewest traffic fatalities including a 32% dip in pedestrian fatalities in road accidents. In 2016, New York witnessed 5.2 deaths per 100,000 people. There were 965 fatal road crashes in which 1024 people were killed. 49% of casualties were car and SUV occupants and 56% of the total deaths occurred in urban area. Current New-York Mayor has decided to invest $1.6 billion to improve the traffic condition through road re-design and stricter law enforcement in a bid to check that trend.
  3. Massachusetts: This state had 389 deaths on road in 359 crashes. 60% of fatalities comprised of cars, SUV and pickup vehicles occupants. 2 people that died on the road were large truck occupants. 80 pedestrians were also killed in road related accidents. Many experts believe that lower gas prices and an improving economy has led to more people coming out on roads in their cars for daily commute but a large number of drivers use mobile phones which could potentially disrupt their attentions from the road and cause accidents. 96% of deaths occurred in urban are which is one of highest figure in this list.
  4. New Jersey: In 2016, New Jersey witnessed 601 deaths in 569 vehicle accidents. Out of all fatalities,38% were car occupants and 16% involved SUV and pickup occupants. 162 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic accidents. New Jersey had one of the highest rate of urban vehicle accidents, 85%, on this list. Overall, there were 6.7 deaths per 100,000 people on average and 61% of fatalities were due to instances of single-vehicle accident.
  5. Minnesota: The state of Minnesota had 628 vehicle crashes in which 690 deaths occurred making the ratio of 7.1 deaths per 100,000 people. 56% of fatalities were due to multiple-vehicle collisions whereas 59% of deaths were on rural roads. In these accidents, 64% victims were car and S.U.V occupants, 16% were motorcyclists and bicyclist. Last but not least, 15% were pedestrians.
  6. Washington: In 2016, Washington had 7.4 fatalities per 100,000 population due to car crashes. The state witnessed 504 vehicle accidents on its roads. There were 537 fatalities of which 38% were car occupants and 23% were travelling in pickup o SUV vehicles. 84 pedestrians were also killed in these accidents. 44% of deaths were because of multiple-vehicle collision.
  7. Connecticut: Connecticut’s accident-related fatality rate was 8.2 deaths per 100,000 people. There were 281 fatal vehicles accidents in which 293 deaths occurred. 57% of the fatalities were SUV and car occupants and 41% deaths were due to involvement of more than one vehicle in accidents. An NSC survey state that a large number of people either drive faster than speed limit or using their phones while driving.
  8. Hawaii: On the roads of Hawaii, there were 109 vehicle accidents in which 120 people died. 62 casualties were car and SUV occupants. It is interesting to note the fatalities due to drunk driving. 15 dead people were identified having a BAC of equal to or greater than 0.08 which accounts for 35% of casualties.
  9. Maryland: Maryland had 505 deaths in 472 fatal crashes with a death rate of 8.4 fatalities per 100,000 people. 271 of those deaths were due to the mistake emanating from the drivers, the most common of which was loss of control of their vehicles. 234 deaths were due to involvement of multiple vehicles in car crash. Of all the fatalities, 55% causalities were car and SUV occupants. 29% of victims were drunk during vehicle accident. A peculiar point to note is that 52% of fatalities used seat belts while driving.
  10. Illinois: In 2016, Illinois had 1082 road fatalities in 1003 accident related cases. 436 car occupants, 260 SUV and pickups occupants and 20 large truck occupants died in these accidents. 81% of these fatalities occurred on rural roads. Recently, authorities argued that recent increase in traffic accidents is due to more people going for vacations in summer. The state also lacks any law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets.

Sources:

  1. https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/cat-item/roads/
  2. http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/general-statistics/fatalityfacts/state-by-state-overview
  3. http://abc7ny.com/traffic/nyc-reports-fewest-number-of-traffic-fatalities-since-1910/2913255/
  4. https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/With-132-killed-death-toll-surges-on-Connecticut-11224673.php

About the author
Daniel Harshburg is a Ventura personal injury lawyer whose law firm services the Ventura  and surrounding counties of California. Providing various types of legal services in the personal injury space for residents of the area who have been involved in some type of incident.