Deadly car accidents often line up, as you may expect, with population density. However, as a researcher from the University of Michigan discovered, it’s the way that the two line up that you may not have expected.
When there are more people in an area, there tend to be fewer traffic deaths per 100,000 people. When there are fewer people, there tend to be far more deaths per capita.
For example, the most dangerous state in the country is North Dakota, with 24-26 deaths per 100,000 people. After that comes Montana and Wyoming, with 22-24 deaths per 100,000 people.
Conversely, if you look at Illinois — with its major urban center of Chicago and high population density — you’ll find one of the best reports, with only 6-8 deaths per 100,000 people every year.
Likewise, New York clocked in with just 6 deaths for every 100,000 residents of the state. The safest place of all was Washington D.C., where only 2 people died out of every 100,000 in traffic accidents.
The data collected for the study came from the years between 2005 and 2012. While North Dakota did not see a general downward trend over that time, and neither did Vermont, all of the other states — including Illinois — saw safer roads over the years. In fact, in Washington D.C., the amount of deaths fell by an astounding 73 percent.
No matter where you live, however, there is always a chance that you or someone you love could be involved in a traffic accident. After these car accidents take place, make sure that you know exactly what legal options you have moving forward.
Source: Business Insider, “Here Are The States With The Most Deadly Car Accidents” Andy Kiersz, Nov. 20, 2014