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24/7 Wall St.: The Most Dangerous States to Drive In

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2. Montana

Average auto fatalities per 100,000: 23.3 (2nd highest)
Auto fatalities/year: 225 (11th least)
Lifetime medical costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents: $1,831,676 (12th lowest)
Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents: $195,289,017 (11th lowest)
Pct. commuters traveling 30 mins. or more: 18.05% (4th lowest)

With an auto injury fatality annual average of 23.3 per 100,000 residents in the period between 2007 and 2009, Montana has the second-highest rate on the list. The problem may be due in part to drunk driving. In 2007, Montana had 11.1 drunk driving auto deaths per 100,000 residents, the highest rate for that year. Montana has done little to respond to these figures. The state has not adopted any of the four auto-safety policies that were identified as critical by the CDC. Despite the high fatality rate, the medical costs and work loss costs associated with them rank in the bottom 15.
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