Driving fatalities are ever present in today's commuter-heavy world. And with the Memorial Day holiday weekend upon us, resulting more than 30 million Americans hitting the road for vacation, it's more important than ever to keep that in mind.

The Trust For America's Health, a non-profit organization for disease-control, recently took a look at the various causes of injury and death in each state. Within that report, the group analyzed vehicle fatalities.

The numbers are quite sobering. Not only did the organization look at the average deaths in each state, but also the costs associated with health care and work loss due to auto accidents.

Take a look at the list of the top ten most dangerous states to drive in according to their average deaths per 100,000 people. Remember, no matter which state you drive in, buckle your seat belt. The group advocates that this simple task is the most useful preventative measure we can take in cutting down driving injuries and deaths.

10. Kentucky

10. Kentucky

Average auto fatalities per 100,000: 18.3
Auto fatalities per year: 784 (20th most)

Lifetime medical costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $6,410,980 (22nd highest)
Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $789,411,765 (19th highest)

9. Oklahoma

9. Oklahoma

Average auto fatalities per 100,000: 19.5
Auto fatalities per year: 711 (21st most)

Lifetime medical costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $5,896,988 (23rd highest)
Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $657,831,325 (22nd highest)

8. West Virginia

8. West Virginia

Average auto fatalities per 100,000: 19.8
Auto fatalities per year: 359 (18th fewest)

Lifetime medical costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $2,938,686 (18th lowest)
Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $289,051,095 (16th lowest)

7. Louisiana

7. Louisiana

Average auto fatalities per 100,000: 20.2
Auto fatalities per year: 897 (15th most)

Lifetime medical costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $7,363,795 (18th highest)
Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $1,109,612,984 (8th highest)

6. South Carolina

6. South Carolina

Average auto fatalities per 100,000: 21
Auto fatalities per year: 944 (13th most)

Lifetime medical costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $7,702,929 (16th highest)
Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $966,527,197 (12th highest)

5. Arkansas

5. Arkansas

Average auto fatalities per 100,000: 21.6
Auto fatalities per year: 619 (22nd most)

Lifetime medical costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $4,775,033 (24th lowest)
Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $617,945,384 (24th highest)

4. Wyoming

4. Wyoming

Average auto fatalities per 100,000: 21.7
Auto fatalities per year: 116 (7th least)

Lifetime medical costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $947,934 (4th lowest)
Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $107,859,504 (7th lowest)

3. Alabama

3. Alabama

Average auto fatalities per 100,000: 21.7
Auto fatalities per year: 1,014 (11th most)

Lifetime medical costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $8,254,510 (15th highest)
Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $964,444,444 (13th highest)

2. Montana

2. Montana

Average auto fatalities per 100,000: 23.3
Auto fatalities per year: 225 (11th least)

Lifetime medical costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $1,831,676 (12th lowest)
Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $195,289,017 (11th lowest)

1. Mississippi

1. Mississippi

Average auto fatalities per 100,000: 26.7
Auto fatalities per year: 784 (19th most)

Lifetime medical costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $7,158,007 (19th highest)
Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-year auto accidents: $823,487,544 (17th highest)



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