Although good drivers never seem to get enough credit, they play a critical role in keeping roads safe for everyone.
When it comes to safe driving in the United States, every state ranks differently. The residents of some states may have a reputation for being better drivers or worse drivers. What do the hard numbers say about which states actually have the best and worst drivers, and how does Texas compare?
Here’s the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) data ranking the best – and worst – states when it comes to safe driving.
Which States Have the Best and Worst Drivers?
In a single recent year, there were a total of approximately 34,247 fatal motor vehicle collisions, resulting in 37,133 fatalities across the United States.
Lowest Fatality Rate – District of Columbia
- Population – 693,972
- Vehicle Miles Traveled (Millions) – 3,550
- Fatal Crashes – 29
- Fatalities – 31
- Deaths per 100,000 population – 4.5
- Deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled – 0.87
Highest Fatality Rate – Mississippi
- Population – 2,984,100
- Vehicle Miles Traveled (Millions) – 41,387
- Fatal Crashes – 614
- Fatalities – 690
- Deaths per 100,000 population – 23.1
- Deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled – 1.67
How Do Texas Drivers Compare to Other States?
When it comes to the Lone Star State, driver safety ranks in the middle. With a population of over 28 million, the comparatively low driver fatality rates are pretty impressive. Additionally, Texas drivers are among the most sober in the nation.
According to a study from Insurify, “Texas has the ninth lowest percentage of drivers with DUI offenses in the United States,” which may in part be due to the state’s stringent drunk driving penalties and laws.
Texas – Motor Vehicle Fatality Facts
- Population – 28,304,596
- Vehicle Miles Traveled (Millions) – 270,621
- Fatal Crashes – 3,343
- Fatalities – 3,722
- Deaths per 100,000 population – 13.1
- Deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled – 1.38
Contact Tate Law Offices, P.C., for Help After a Texas Car Crash
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Tim received a business degree in finance from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctor (law degree) from South Texas College of Law. Over the last two decades Tim has represented victims of injuries day-in and day-out throughout the state of Texas as well as in numerous other states throughout America. Tim’s mission on every case is always to get the insurance company of the defendant to pay top dollar for his client’s case, which allows his clients to put the maximum amount of money into their pocket.