In Missouri, should you be more worried about driving than other states? Learn the truth and what situations cause the most auto accidents in Missouri in this post.

You drive around St. Louis for the afternoon. Or, you head out to the country using the state highway system.

Should you be fraught with fear when you drive?

Of course, it’s always responsible to have at least some level of concern. But, should you be more concerned in Missouri versus other states? Maybe less? Or maybe things are just about the same in Missouri, and you really shouldn’t be more concerned here than anywhere else.

Let’s check out some recent highway car accident stats and get a clear picture on Missouri’s situation:

  1. First, is Missouri Getting Safer or More Dangerous?

According to stats from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, we’re getting safer as drivers. In fact, we’re a lot safer than we used to be.

In 1978, the first year they have statistics for, 1,224 died and 65,749 were injured on our highways. In 2014, those numbers fell to 766 and 47,977. And all those numbers have been on a steady decline since 2005.

Over that time, our population has increased from 4.889 to 6.06 million. So, our drivers have done a nice job of improving safety over the long haul.

  1. How Safe or Dangerous is Missouri Compared to the Rest of the Nation?

Research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that in America, we average 1.08 deaths per 100 million miles driven. Missouri actually falls exactly on the average, with 1.08 deaths per 100 million miles driven.

At the upper end are states like South Carolina (1.65 – the highest), Alaska (1.59), Montana (1.58), Mississippi (1.54), Louisiana (1.53), and Texas (1.46). The safest states to drive in are almost exclusively out east. The safest place to drive in the country is Massachusetts (.57 deaths per 100 million miles), followed by Vermont (.62), the District of Columbia (.65),  Rhode Island (.68), and Connecticut (.80).

A little closer to home, Minnesota is pretty safe to drive in, with a rate of .63 per 100 million miles.

To the west, California’s a safe place to drive in with .92 deaths per 100 million miles.

So in Missouri we’ve done a nice job of improving safety and reducing the number of deaths and injuries. But, we still have some work to do.

For now, you should be on guard, but don’t panic when you drive.

  1. What Causes Most Fatal Accidents in Missouri?

So, when you’re actually driving, what should you look for?

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, here are the most common causes of fatal accidents in the state:

  • 216 deaths – drunk driving
  • 200 deaths – driving too fast for conditions
  • 162 deaths – improper lane changes
  • 143 deaths – speeding
  • 120 deaths – failure to yield

So, now you know what situations lead to fatalities, and you can protect yourself from other drivers. And if you find yourself injured because of someone else’s negligent or reckless driving, make sure you hire the best personal injury lawyer you can find. They all get paid only when you win, so money’s not a problem to get the very best legal representation available.