DC has fewer road deaths than any state
We seem to hear official confirmation at least once a year that the national capital area has the worst traffic of any in the nation. But hereês the flip side: Washington, DC, has fewer road deaths per capita than any state maybe because weêre not driving fast enough to be killed. DC also has the fewest road deaths 0.4 percent as a percentage of all fatalities. The findings come from University of Michigan Transportation Institute researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle.
Overall, the northern Atlantic seaboard and Pacific states have the fewest road deaths as a percentage of all fatalities. Maryland is also in the top third, with Virginia just a few slots behind. States in the Northern Rockies and the Dakotas, and the South and Southwest, have the most road deaths as a percentage of all fatalities. Two features shared by the states with the highest rate of road deaths, said Sivak: speed (higher speed limits) and greater distance driven per capita.Download Bulletin PDF