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Most Dangerous States for Driving This Summer

The national Center for Excellence in Rural Safety (CERS) at the University of Minnesota recently released a list of the states where Americans are more likely to die in a traffic crash on a rural road. To see where your state falls in the top 15 most dangerous states to drive,









1.) Maine
2.) North Dakota
3.) South Dakota
4.) Iowa
4.) Vermont
5.) Montana
6.) Wyoming
7.) South Carolina
8.) Mississippi
9.) Arkansas
10.) West Virginia
11.) Kansas
12.) Nebraska
13.) New Hampshire
13.) Kentucky
13.) Idaho
14.) Oklahoma
15.) Missouri
15.) Minnesota

...And no, I am not losing my mind. There are double numbers because some states tied.

So please be extra careful this summer if you're going to be taking a trip in the car and buckle-up too!

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andiself andiself 8 years
I just got back from Maine today. I was there for 10 days and everyone on vacation with me said... "Man- these drivers are CRAZY here."And we are all from California.
andiself andiself 8 years
I just got back from Maine today. I was there for 10 days and everyone on vacation with me said... "Man- these drivers are CRAZY here." And we are all from California.
jessiedallas jessiedallas 8 years
oh duh...those were all cities...
jessiedallas jessiedallas 8 years
i also cannot believe Texas is not on this list, with Dallas, Houston, and most of all Austin with the upper and lower decks...i drove through Austin for almost a year, and I saw and heard about some pretty bad accidents and do believe i got stuck every single day...but now there is that toll road, so we'll see huh...
discocactus discocactus 8 years
Also, I'm guessing that emergency services take longer to get to rural areas and to get injured people treated/to a hospital and that would contribute to a higher fatality rate.
discocactus discocactus 8 years
The title really should be the most dangerous states to drive in on rural roads. Although it wouldn't surprise me too much if this didn't change a ton, because generally it seems that most fatal accidents occur off the freeway. The freeway accidents get more attention (but are less likely to be fatal) because it ties up traffic for a greater number of people. At least in highly populated areas like cities.
redsugar redsugar 8 years
I am very surprised to see Texas wasn't in the top 15. I guess the rural folk aren't in a hurry and pay attention to what's going on around them. Maybe it's the majority of the population lives in cities?
redsugar redsugar 8 years
I am very surprised to see Texas wasn't in the top 15. I guess the rural folk aren't in a hurry and pay attention to what's going on around them.Maybe it's the majority of the population lives in cities?
krEnElk krEnElk 8 years
I grew up in North Dakota, and I think its so dangerous cuz the speed limits are so high and the roads are so straight that people put on their cruise control and start reading a book; that's definitely an accident waiting to happen!
JessBear JessBear 8 years
I'm with clarient, I thought for sure Texas would be on there. We have rural roads out the wazzoo, and I35 has got to be the WORST highway in the world (and if you drove it every day, you'd know I'm not exagerating).
catander catander 8 years
Yeah, IMO this was a silly survey. What is measures is the percentage of car accident fatalities that occur on rural roads. It seems quite logical, therefore, that states with a higher ratio of rural to urban roads will consequently have a higher ratio of rural fatalities to urban fatalities.
cereal_please cereal_please 8 years
These are all rural states lacking big cities for the most part.. for instance, I've been to Idaho and their idea of "rush hour" is the equivalent to driving the Chicago area expressway system at 2:00pm. I dont know...
tati33 tati33 8 years
Wow, CA or NY are not on there?? Is there a list for major cities..because having lived in both, they should both be on it!
imLissy imLissy 8 years
I think NJ is the most dangerous state in general. I'm pretty sure we have the highest insurance rates. Though we have the lowest gas prices, so it even out a little :P
pinkflats pinkflats 8 years
I have to agree with Kandi; these states seem to have more rural areas than say New York. I think Viginia has a good road system. I'm visited many times and have always been impress bby the drivers, not much construction work, etc.
pinkflats pinkflats 8 years
I have to agree with Kandi; these states seem to have more rural areas than say New York. I think Viginia has a good road system. I'm visited many times and have always been impress bby the drivers, not much construction work, etc.
KandiQTC KandiQTC 8 years
The most dangerous states are also the states with the most rural areas. Of course there would be more accidents because there are more rural roads.
Daylyn Daylyn 8 years
yay michigan isn't on there!
Daylyn Daylyn 8 years
yay michigan isn't on there!
Shadowcat14 Shadowcat14 8 years
Ok, that is for rural roads... what about highways or roads in general?
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
and i was! yay! (but it doesn't feel that way haha)
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
and i was! yay! (but it doesn't feel that way haha)
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
before i look at the list, i jsut want to say, i think Virginia will be on the list. I hope i am incorrect!
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