According to the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), West Virginia is the 8th most dangerous state to drive in in the entire country. According to the CDC, West Virginia averages 359 automobile fatalities per year. While that number may seem low when compared to other states, if you look at it compared to the population of West Virginia it comes out to 19.8 fatalities per 100,000 people. This is the 8th highest average in the country. This costs nearly $3 million in medical costs and almost $300 million is lost from the state’s workforce.
Surprisingly, Mississippi is the most dangerous state to drive in averaging 26.7 deaths per 100,000, while Massachusetts was the least dangerous state, averaging only 5.5 deaths per 100,000 people.