The weather in Florida allows for road trips throughout the state at virtually any time of year. The same cannot be said for the weather in other parts of the country. If you have been waiting for the weather to improve before you set off on the open road, the time will soon be upon you.
The thought of taking a road trip can be stressful. Maybe the thought of taking your children along for the ride is giving you anxiety. Perhaps the expense of gas is putting a strain on your budget. Not to add to your worries, but driving through certain states can be particularly risky.
The good news is that you have control over where you travel. Knowing which states pose the highest risks can help you plan your route accordingly. While there is nothing that you can do to completely eliminate your chances of being involved in an accident, mapping out the safest route will go a long way. Here are the 10 states that have the highest number of road fatalities per 100 million miles driven.
No one is quite sure why Montana tops the list of most dangerous states for driving, but one thing is for certain: The state was much safer before speed limits were enacted. Before the 1990s, people chose how fast they wanted to drive. In the 90s, speed limits were enacted and car accidents rose. It is doubtful that the state will return to unlimited speeds on its roads any time soon.
The small state is packed with people in some areas, especially its cities. That said, accidents on the roads tend to be the result of drunk driving thanks to the state’s party-hard attitude. That’s not to say that every person who lives in Louisiana drives drunk or even drinks at all. Some accidents can be attributed to the fact that many of the state’s roads are surfaces no one would want to drive on.
Like Montana, there is no definitive reason for the high number of fatalities on its roadways. That said, it’s interesting to note that the state also made another list: The ten states with drivers who are the least aware of traffic laws. Maybe a bit of self-education as to how to behave when behind the wheel is what it will take to make the state a safer one for drivers.
4. West Virginia
If you have ever driven through West Virginia, you know that the state is filled with twisting and winding roads. These roads are difficult for experienced drivers within the state, never mind those who have not driven through mountains before. If you can’t map yourself away from this state, be prepared to drive more carefully than you ever have before.
No one is sure why people are so frequently involved in accidents in the home of President Bill Clinton, but they are. There are great towns in Arkansas, and putting it on your route may be of interest to you. If it is, know that you may have to be hyper-focused on the road and not rubber-necking at all of the cool attractions along the way.
The state is a fun one to spell, but not such a fun one to drive through. It is thought that one reason there are so many accidents within the state is because of a lack of public transportation. No buses or trains mean that there are more people forced to take to the road.
Kentucky has also made the list of most dangerous states for drivers, with no exact reason why. In most cases, it is fairly easy to avoid the state on a road trip. We suggest considering it.
The state has some of the most relaxed traffic laws in the country. There is a lack of roads in the state, forcing everyone onto the same highways. If you are driving through Wyoming, roll your windows down and drink plenty of coffee. The vast open spaces can make fatigue creep in before you know it.
Driving through Alabama? Be careful. There are just over one-and-a-half fatalities for every 100 million miles driven in this state. No one can pinpoint one exact cause of these crashes, so be prepared for anything.
It is thought that car crashes in Nevada are to be blamed not on residents, but tourists. When you consider how many millions of people head to the state to visit its most popular city, it is easy to see why this may be so.
If you are road-tripping this spring or summer, map your route in any way that you like, but keep the above information in mind. If you are staying closer to home and are involved in an accident in West Palm Beach, contact our experienced team of auto accident attorneys for a free consultation.