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Seeing Red: Red States Have Higher Traffic Fatality Rates

Last updated 5 years ago

Feeling lucky?  Your odds of dying in a car crash might have something to do with how your state leaned in the last election.

A study by the nonpartisan political website found that traffic fatality rates were higher in "red states" (those that voted for Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election) versus "blue states" (those that voted for President Obama). 

According to's website, “The 10 states with the highest fatality rates all were red, while all but one of the 10 lowest fatality states were blue. What’s more, the place with the nation’s lowest fatality rate, while not a state, was the very blue District of Columbia."

The study did not provide reasons for the disparity, though some observers suggest that it may have to do with rates of seatbelt usage, which are much lower in the South and in red states generally.

At McCready, Garcia, & Leet, we help car accident victims win justice-- so we understand just how terrible the results of car accidents can be. Remember, using your seatbelt greatly lowers your chances of dying in a traffic accident, no matter where you're driving!  We hope you'll stay safe and drive carefully this holiday season.



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