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These States Have the Most Dangerous Roads

Mississippi tops the list
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2018 2:26 PM CDT
These States Have the Most Dangerous Roads
Traffic races I-55 South, just past the Louisiana-Mississippi state line, near Independence, La., as rising flood water creeps toward the interstate highway, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

(Newser) – Driving is inherently dangerous—motor vehicle crashes are consistently among the leading causes of death in the US—but it's more dangerous in some places than others .24/7 Wall St. looked at death rates from car crashes in all US states to come up with a list of the most dangerous roads, finding that most of the states with the highest fatality rates are in the south while the northeast and midwest tend to have safer roads. "A big factor in a state’s fatality rate is how much of its area is rural," one expert explains, as rural roads often have higher speed limits as well as trees and telephone poles lining them, boosting the chances of a collision. The 10 states whose roads are the most dangerous:

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  1. Mississippi: 23.1 road deaths per 100,000 people
  2. Alabama: 21.3 road deaths per 100,000 people
  3. South Carolina: 20.5 road deaths per 100,000 people
  4. New Mexico: 19.3 road deaths per 100,000 people
  5. Wyoming: 19.1 road deaths per 100,000 people
  6. Kentucky: 18.8 road deaths per 100,000 people
  7. Arkansas: 18.2 road deaths per 100,000 people
  8. Montana: 18.2 road deaths per 100,000 people
  9. Oklahoma: 17.4 road deaths per 100,000 people
  10. Louisiana: 16.2 road deaths per 100,000 people
Click for the complete list. (Read more car crash stories.)

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