In 2017, there were 37,133 fatal car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA used the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, which contains data on all crashes that involved a vehicle and resulted in a death. 

While the U.S. population grew 7% from 2016 to 2017, the number of traffic fatalities decreased 2% that same period. In 2016, there were 37,461 fatal car accidents.

The cause of accidents included alcohol, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt. 

  • 27 states had a decrease in traffic fatalities.

  • 7 states had a decrease in traffic fatalities of 10% or more.

  • 22 states had an increase in traffic fatalities.

  • 8 states had an increase in traffic fatalities of 10% or more.

  • California had the highest number of speeding-related car accident fatalities.

  • 47% of passenger deaths were a result of being unrestrained.

States with the highest number of fatal car crashes

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States with the least number of fatal car crashes

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List of car crash fatalities by state 

Texas, California and Florida round out the top three states with the most car accident-related deaths. These states are the largest in terms of population and licensed drivers. Despite topping the list, all three states had a decrease in the number of fatal car crashes in 2017 compared to 2016.

The list includes all 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

State Rank State Traffic Fatalities
1 Texas 3,722
2 California 3,602
3 Florida 3,112
4 Georgia 1,540
5 North Carolina 1,412
6 Ohio 1,179
7 Pennsylvania 1,137
8 Illinois 1,097
9 Tennessee 1,040
10 Michigan 1,030
11 Arizona 1,000
12 New York 999
13 South Carolina 988
14 Alabama 948
15 Missouri 930
16 Indiana 914
17 Virginia 839
18 Kentucky 782
19 Louisiana 760
20 Mississippi 690
21 Oklahoma 655
22 Colorado 648
23 New Jersey 624
24 Wisconsin 613
25 Washington 565
26 Maryland 550
27 Arkansas 493
28 Kansas 461
29 Oregon 437
30 New Mexico 379
31 Minnesota 357
32 Massachusetts 350
33 Iowa 330
34 Nevada 309
35 West Virginia 303
36 Puerto Rico 290
37 Connecticut 278
38 Utah 273
39 Idaho 244
40 Nebraska 228
41 Montana 186
42 Maine 172
43 South Dakota 129
44 Wyoming 123
45 Delaware 119
46 North Dakota 115
47 Hawaii 107
48 New Hampshire 102
49 Rhode Island 83
50 Alaska 79
51 Vermont 69
52 District of Columbia 31
U.S. Total 37,133

Why you should be fully insured

How much auto insurance you need is determined by the state you live in. Even if you are not required to purchase coverage like comprehensive and collision, you could benefit from getting this additional coverage. A single car accidents or theft could result in a huge financial expense. With full coverage, your car insurance company may pay a large chunk, if not all, of the expenses related to the claim - minus your deductible. 

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