American Traffic Fatalities by County

Around 40,000 Americans die in traffic accidents every year. The team at Convoy Car Shipping took a deeper look into this tragedy and used data from Fatalities Analysis Reporting System to determine the most dangerous counties and highways in the country. Speeding is the leading cause of car accidents, but the maps they created may give us other insight into what makes these locations so deadly.

The researchers at Convoy Car Shipping based their calculations on population density to create four different graphics. Here are the most dangerous counties in these categories:

  • Volusia County, FL: 648 fatalities in a population of 579,192 people. The deadliest road is US-1 with 82 deaths.
  • Ector County, TX: 257 fatalities in a population of 160,869 people. The deadliest road is 1-20 with 42 deaths.
  • Fairfield County, SC: 62 fatalities in a population of 20,455 people. The deadliest road is SR-34 with 11 deaths.
  • Loving County, TX: 15 deaths in a population of 51 people. The deadliest road is CR-300 with 7 deaths.

Overall, Loving County in Texas has the highest rate of traffic fatalities due to the 15 deaths compared to its very small population of 51 people. The large county with the highest number of fatalities is Volusia County in Florida. Daytona Beach is located here so it may be due to a large volume of traffic. Leaving population density aside, Los Angeles County has the highest number of traffic fatalities with 3,773 over the last five years. The Los Angeles area has some of the heaviest traffic congestion in the country so by the odds, it makes sense the most accidents occur there.

In general, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that there are between 35,000 and 45,000 American traffic fatalities a year. Data like the graphics here can help us study causes and trends that may help us re-think highway systems and prevent more tragic accidents.

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