USA: Highway Fatalities by State, and by Percentage Changes Since 1975

While the following figures, listing the numbers of road deaths in the USA, are from 2015 they are currently the latest available and were published by NHTSA in late June, 2017.

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State . . . . . . . . . Deaths 2015 . . . . . . . Change 1975-2015

  • Alabama .. . . . . . . .    849 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. –  6%
  • Alaska . .. . . . . . . . .      65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . -42%
  • Arizona . . . . . . . . ..    893 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. +33%
  • Arkansas . . . . . . . …    531 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  – 5%
  • California . . . . . . .. . 3,176 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -22%
  • Colorado . . . . . . .. . .   546 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . – 6%
  • Connecticut . . . .. . . .  266 . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..  -32%
  • Delaware . . . . . .. . . ..  126 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   +  3%
  • D.C. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .    23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..  -67%
  • Florida . . . . . . .. . . . 2,939 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +47%
  • Georgia . . . . . .. . . . . 1,430 . . . . . . . . . . .  …… +  5%
  • Hawaii . . . . . .. . . . . .    94 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  -35%
  • Idaho . . . . . .. . . . . . .   216 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  -23%
  • Illinois . . . . . . . . . .. .  998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  -51%
  • Indiana . . . . . . . . .. . .  821 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  -27%
  • Iowa . . . . . . . . . . .. . ..  320 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -52%
  • Kansas . . . . . . . . . .. ..  355 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -30%
  • Kentucky . . . . . . . .. . . 761 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  -12%
  • Louisiana . . . . . . . . ..  726 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  -22%
  • Maine . . . . . . . . . . . ..  156 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  -30%
  • Maryland . . . . . . . . ..  513 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  -23%
  • Massachusetts . . . . .  306 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   -65%
  • Michigan . . . . . . . . . . 963 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -46%
  • Minnesota . . . . . . . . .  411 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -45%
  • Mississippi . . . . . . . .  677 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +24%
  • Missouri . . . . . . . . . .  869 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -17%
  • Montana . . . . . . . . . .  224 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -23%
  • Nebraska . . . . . . . . . . 246 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -33%
  • Nevada . . . . . . . . . . . . 325 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +49%
  • New Hampshire . . . ..  114 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -25%
  • New Jersey . . . . . . . .  562 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -46%
  • New Mexico . . . . . . .  298 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -46%
  • New York . . . . . . . . . 1,121 . . . . . . . . . . . . …… -53%
  • North Carolina . . . .. 1,379 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . –  8%
  • North Dakota . . . . . ..   131 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   -22%
  • Ohio . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1,110 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -37%
  • Oklahoma . . . . . . . . .  643 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  -15%
  • Oregon . . . . . . . . . . . . 447 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  -20%
  • Pennsylvania . . . . .  1,200 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  -42%
  • Rhode Island . . . . . .     45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  -59%
  • South Carolina . . . . .  977 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +19%
  • South Dakota . . . . . .   133 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -32%
  • Tennessee . . . . . . . . . 958 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -15%
  • Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,516 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . + 4%
  • Utah . . . . . . . . . . . . .   276 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  + 1%
  • Vermont . . . . . . . . . .    57 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   -60%
  • Virginia . . . . . . . . . . .  753 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   -24%
  • Washington . . . . . . . . 568 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   -25%
  • West Virginia . . . . . . . 268 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   -42%
  • Wisconsin . . . . . . . . .  566 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   -39%
  • Wyoming . .  . . . . . . . . 145 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   -31%
  • U.S. Total . . . . . . .  35,092 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   + 7%

U.S. Total in 2016:  40,200 (which equates to +26% for 1975-2016, in the above table)

Latest published fact:  “Since 2014, U.S. traffic deaths have surged 14 percent — the largest increase in more than half a century. Last year, the number of fatalities jumped 6 percent, to 40,200.” The Hill, June 22, 2017.

View the source for the above table: Traffic Safety Facts 2015 Data (published by NHTSA in June 2017)

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Commentary

While a few of the figures in the ‘Change 1975-2015’ column, above, may appear to be good, they must be viewed in the context that the USA, as a country, performs very poorly in highway safety by comparison with the vast majority of other developed nations.  The fact is that if America could match the dramatically lower fatality rates that have been achieved by the leading nations — and why shouldn’t this great nation do so? — then between 20,000 and 25,000 U.S. lives would be saved every single year! (Of course, realistically, this rather puts the fear of terrorism in America into perspective.  Road crashes in the USA kill the same number of people every four weeks as did that entire, terrible atrocity on 9-11, and yet we went to war over the horrendous attacks in New York and DC, so why have we not done so — metaphorically speaking — over the outrageous number of road deaths?)

Eddie Wren, CEO & Chief InstructorAdvanced Drivers of North America

Author: EddieWren

Eddie Wren is the CEO and Chief Instructor at Advanced Drivers of North America. His driver safety background is given at: http://www.advanceddrivers.com/ceochief-instructors-resumecvbio/

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