While fewer fatalities occur on highways than happened 50 years ago, about 42,000 Americans die in motor vehicle accidents annually, says new data from the National Safety Council (NSC). The data show that 10.6% of Georgia drivers have an at-fault accident on their records, which is 20% higher than the national average and makes Georgia fifth on the list of states with the most accidents in 2022.
There is no correlation between accident rates and fatalities, however. In fact, 7 of the 10 states with the highest accident rates have below-average traffic fatality rates per mile driven.
Drivers in South Carolina have the most accidents. About 12% of all South Carolina drivers have an at-fault car accident on their record.
Drivers in Massachusetts have the second most accidents, with 11.9% of drivers having an at-fault accident on their record. Statistics also show that traffic fatalities per mile driven is 53% lower than the national average, and motor vehicle fatalities per capita are 58% lower than the nation’s average.
Drivers in Ohio may want to be more careful when driving because 11.4% of drivers have an at-fault accident on their records. Yet, the number of traffic fatalities in the Buckeye State is 11% below the national average.
Perhaps the icy conditions in the cold Nebraska winters cause drivers to have more accidents. Regardless of the reason why, 10.6% of drivers have an at-fault car accident on their records.
Georgia has the fourth highest fatality rate from car accidents in the U.S. Per the statistics released in the NSC study, 1 in 6,452 residents are killed in car accidents each year. These are sobering statistics for a state that is only the eighth largest in the country.
The nation’s highways are safer than 50 years ago, but there is still much room for improvement.