An American pre-settlement funding service has revealed the most and least dangerous roads in America according to the number of car accidents. The results reveal that Texas is the most dangerous state to drive in, with over 3,305 fatal crashes occurring in just one year, while Rhode Island boasts the safest roads, with just 56 fatal crashes.

Research conducted by one of America’s leading legal funding services has revealed that in 2018 there were 33,654 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States, in which 36,560 deaths occurred*. The company, Uplift Legal Funding, has compiled a list of the deadliest and safest states in America according to road accidents, in order to help people stay as safe as they can on their travels. 

Below are the top and bottom 3 states according to fatal crashes, the full list and further information can be found here:

The top 3 most dangerous states to drive in are:

  1. Texas

The state with the second highest population, Texas, also has the highest number of fatal crashes, reaching 3,305 in 2018. The state saw 3,642 deaths from the fatal accidents, resulting in 12.7 deaths per 100,000. Texas is also the state with the highest speed limit, with some roads allowing for up to 85mph

2.              California 

California, with a population of 39,557,045, sits in second place for the number of fatal crashes, with 3,259 recorded in 2018. The most deadly highway in The Golden State is the I-5 with 192 deaths recorded at this highway between 2015 and 2017 alone**.

3.              Florida

The Sunshine State sits 3rd from the top of the list, despite its population being far smaller than Texas and California. In 2018, Florida recorded 2,915 fatal car crashes, with 14.7 deaths per 100,000. Research suggests that the US-1 is the most dangerous road in Florida, with 160 fatalities in 2015-2017.

The top 3 least dangerous states to drive in are:

  1. Rhode Island

This state sits at the bottom of the list when it comes to fatal crashes, with just 56 recorded in 2018, even with a relatively high population, 1,057,315 in 2018. This is reflected in the State’s most dangerous road, the I-295 S, which recorded just 7 fatalities between 2015-2017.

2.              Vermont

Vermont experienced 60 fatal traffic accidents in 2018, leading to 68 deaths. Looking at where the accidents occur, it seems that country roads are the most dangerous in this state, with 88% of fatalities occurring on rural roads.

3.              Alaska

In 2018, Alaska recorded just 69 fatal crashes, resulting in 80 deaths. In fact, after falls, transportation-related incidents are the second leading cause of serious injury requiring acute care, with over a quarter of accidents including ATVs and snow machines***.

Research also revealed that almost half (45%) of the victims involved in fatal crashes in Montana had a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.08 or higher, compared to just 12% in West Virginia. Despite having the highest number of fatal crashes, Texas has an observed seatbelt use of 90%. The state with the highest observed front seat belt use in 2018 was Hawaii, at 98%, while the lowest was New Hampshire at 76%.

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Jared Stern, owner of Uplift Legal Funding, said,

“Now more than ever people are using their own vehicles instead of public transport in a bid to minimise interaction with others and stay safe from COVID-19. However, we at Uplift Legal Funding realise that using a car will not keep you 100% out of harm's way, that is why we created this list.

“Car crashes can be devastating for victims and their families, even when they aren’t fatal. We feel that it is important that residents and visitors understand the seriousness of driving, even on roads they have driven every day of their lives, to try and keep everyone as safe as possible.”