15 States with the Most Dangerous Drivers #13. Mississippi: Too many traffic fatalities in general

U.S. traffic fatalities are on the rise, but it turns out that some states shoulder more blame than others. Using data obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) for 2017, Car Insurance Comparison ranked all 50 states from most dangerous to least, based on:

  • The fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled
  • The number of fatalities resulting from the failure to obey traffic laws, drunk driving, speeding, and careless driving

The biggest factor here is that Mississippi has the third highest number of traffic fatalities in the nation. It also has the eighth highest number of fatalities relating to careless driving and the tenth highest of fatalities relating to a failure to obey traffic laws, including running traffic lights, not wearing a seatbelt, and failing to have a valid license.

The complete results of the study provide rankings for each state plus the Washington, D.C., but these are the highlights.