Road Fatalities in the US

Number of people in the US that are killed as a result of a traffic accident.

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Number of people that are killed in the US as a result of a traffic accident.

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On this map we can see the number of people that are reported as deceased as a result of a traffic accident. We can see that there are 3 states that stand out: New Mexico, Alabama and South Carolina. With South Carolina having by far the highest rate.

On the other end of the spectrum, we can see that Massachusetts has the lowest rate (0.51). Minnesota, D.C. and Vermont also have a low rate.

The data comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Although data is also available in road fatalities per 100,000 people, I decided to us the data per 100 million vehicle miles travelled. Both are far from perfect, as there are much more factors than population and vehicle miles that affect these rates (including types of vehicles driven, travel speeds, rates of licensure, state traffic laws, emergency care capabilities, weather and topography). However, many believe miles travelled would be slightly more accurate.

If you’re curious about road fatalities in Europe, check out this map. Keep in mind that the map of Europe measures the road fatalities per million people, not per distance travelled.

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