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

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1. Mississippi

Average auto fatalities per 100,000: 26.7 (the highest)
Auto fatalities/year: 784 (19th most)
Lifetime medical costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents: $7,158,007 (19th highest)
Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents: $823,487,544 (17th highest)
Pct. commuters traveling 30 mins. or more: 30.83% (25th lowest)

Mississippi had the highest motor vehicle-related death rate in the country between 2007 and 2009. An average of 784 state residents die each year in accidents, or 26.7 fatalities per 100,000 people. According to the most recent CDC data, a single year of auto deaths in the state has an estimated cost of more than $820 million in lost productivity. The state has a primary seat belt law, and motorcycle helmets are mandatory, but it does not have a mandatory ignition lock for convicted drunk drivers, and is one of 18 states not to have mandatory booster seats for those eight or younger.
(AP Photo)

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