The good news is that over the past 10 years, there has been an almost 25 percent reduction in the number of fatalities on the nation’s roadways.
If you’re like most of us, when you see or read about a fatal crash you’re left wondering what went wrong. Was someone driving impaired? Did the weather contribute to the mishap? Why did the accident happen at this particular location? Was someone not paying attention or distracted?
Using data from NHTSA’s Fatal Accident Reporting System, the Auto Insurance Center has created the following graphics to illustrate the circumstances of each fatal crash occurring between 2009 and 2013 nationwide.
Dangerous driving behaviors that cause the most fatal crashes by state
The map above breaks down the top driver behaviors that led to deadly crashes by state. What caused the highest number of fatal crashes from 2009-2013 across the nation? Failure to stay in the proper lane. Failure to yield to the right of way takes the top spot in six states. Improper turns are a big problem in California.
Sadly, serious collisions are often a result of ordinary mistakes.
Note: ”Operating without required equipment” covers infractions such as driving with bad breaks, not using a seatbelt, or riding a motorcycle without a helmet.
Top 5 states most affected by 8 of the main fatal crash causes
The graphic above shows the top five states with fatalities for each of eight driver behaviors. Arkansas is home to the most deadly reckless drivers, but Indiana saw the most-deaths-per-capita results from road rage. Delaware was No. 1 for deaths resulting from changing lanes unsafely. Wyoming suffers most from drivers drifting out of their assigned lane unintentionally.
South Dakota is where the most deaths occur from police chases. Drivers in Mississippi have the most failure to yield right of way deadly accidents. In Montana, failure to obey signs is a problem. And look out while driving in West Virginia, the home of the most deaths for driving on the wrong side of the road.