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Unfortunately, this article does not hold the secret to stopping car accidents from happening, but we want to draw an alarm for the drivers and passengers that roam some of America’s streets.

As we explained in the title, some places in the U.S. are safer than others to drive a vehicle through them, while others are more dangerous than checking a live electrical wire with bare metal tools.

Just last year, approximately 38,300 people died on American roads, and another 4.4 million humans were seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents.

The makers of a piece of research that went through two decades of car accidents contacted us to make their work known to the world. This is a bid for safer roads, which relies on the drivers and pedestrians of America (and the world, if we are at it) to be more cautious when they are on the road. Every single time, and every single moment.

After going through 77,000 fatal accident records over the last 20 years, all made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its Fatality Analysis Reporting System, we can now view a list of the most dangerous counties and states in the USA.
America’s deadliest counties in the last 20 years

A map of America’s most dangerous counties in the last two decades is something incredibly tricky to make, but somebody has created it. Apparently, the most dangerous country in the USA in the past 20 years was La Paz Country, which is located in Arizona.

If we look at the map, the said place is not in a dangerous area per se, but it had the most fatalities of any county that constantly had over 10,000 residents in the last 20 years. The second most dangerous place is Tunica County, in Missouri. It is located in a hot spot for dangerous driving, if we observe the map.

The third most dangerous country in the USA is Lowndes County, Alabama. As the makers of the research explain, these counties had the biggest rate of fatal accidents per 10,000 residents out of all the counties that have more residents than the specified number, according to the U.S. Census and the NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

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Read more: Safety on American Roads - The Safest States In The USA And The Most Dangerous - autoevolution

Registered 2005 SLK350
517 Posts
Makes sense, sort of. Accidents in large cities may be more frequent, often by orders of magnitude, but few will be fatal due to the relatively low speeds. That's true both of vehicle vs vehicle and vehicle vs pedestrian accidents. Greater freedom often comes at the price of greater risk, so "Nanny" states with strict vehicle inspection requirements, more cops per 1000 citizens, and more emphasis on enforcing trafffic laws will have fewer fatalities than those with fewer laws and fewer lawmen.

I expect SC is where it is on that chart because we have:
no inspections
relatively lax seat belt and speed enforcement
weather conducive to near year round motorcycle riding
no license required for mopeds, so illegals who can't read signs and folks who've lost their license for drunk driving can continue to play in traffic
a whole bunch of narrow twisty roads.

For the record, aside from the moped bit, I wouldn't change a thing.

Registered 2006 SLK280
140 Posts
I must say, I am astounded that Florida isn't mentioned anywhere on those lists. Driving here during the season is a real crapshoot, it feels like you take your life in your hands every time you drive anywhere.
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