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Mapping Your Road Trip: The Five Most Dangerous States to Drive In

U.S. map for the most dangerous states for drivingAs people start planning for their summer vacations, many are considering a road trip. Maybe you have a fear of flying or perhaps you think that a few days in the car will be a great family-bonding experience. No matter the reason, mapping out your road trip is one of the most important things to consider when you are making your plans.

There is always a bit of risk to driving, but some locations may be more dangerous than others. If you will be driving through a single state or across several, plan your route with safety in mind. Here are five of the most dangerous states for driving.

1. Montana

Most people wouldn’t think of Montana when they think of dangerous drivers. After all, the state is fairly wide open. However, the state sees just more than 2 fatalities for every 100 million miles driven. It is thought that the high fatality rate is due to the fact that residents of the state drive for longer stretches than people in other states. Studies have shown, interestingly, that the state was safer to drive in before the 1990s when set speed limits were put in place.

2. Louisiana

For every 100 miles driven, there are approximately 2 fatalities. It is estimated that at least half of the roads in the state are in ill repair. Bad roads and drunk driving are the leading causes of car accidents. Unlike Montana, Louisiana is a fairly small state with a large population, putting more people on the road at any given moment.

3. South Carolina

There are 1.86 road fatalities for every 100 million miles driven. A GMAC survey showed that the state is in the bottom ten when it comes to knowledge of traffic laws. This may be contributing to accidents throughout the state.

4. West Virginia

Following closely behind South Carolina is West Virginia with 1.82 fatalities for every 100 miles driven. The state is full of mountains, making driving a problem for people, especially those not familiar with the twisty terrain. Because the state is also coal country, drivers can expect to see heavy equipment and big trucks dotting the roadways at any time of the day or night.

5. Arkansas

There are 1.81 fatalities on the roads for every 100 million miles driven. This state comes very close to tying West Virginia, making them nearly equal in risk. No studies have shown just why Arkansas is so dangerous, but anyone on a road trip through the state should keep a lookout for unsafe drivers.

It’s fair to say that an accident can occur in any state, not only those that have made the list. If you are taking a road trip, be sure to make frequent stops to stretch your legs and regain your focus, and always make sure that you stop for the night to keep your body’s natural sleep rhythms intact.

We are proud to say North Carolina is not in the top 5, but our roads can still be dangerous. If you are in an accident in Charlotte, reach out to our experienced auto accident attorneys. We will review the details of your accident and advise you of the options available to you.

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