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Study Reveals 10 Most Dangerous States for Snowy Driving; Georgia Among Safest


November 10, 2018

UNITED STATES – November 1, 2018 (weather.com) According to an online news story from weather.com, Safewise recently analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and identified the 10 most dangerous states in the U.S. for driving in the snow. Georgia was among the safest states.*

Based on the data from NHTSA, in 2016, winter vehicle crashes were more deadly that floods and tornadoes combined. Floods and tornadoes killed 144 people in the country in 2016, while snow-related traffic crashes killed 445 people. 

States that have mild winters were ranked among the safest as far as snow-related crashes. These safer states included Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Hawaii. Zero snow-related vehicle wrecks occurred in these states during 2016. By contrast, numerous states in the U.S. piled up crash numbers in the winter months, and Safewise determined the 10 most dangerous states for snowy driving. 

10. Nebraska – The state receives about 28 inches of snow every year, and the chances of having a snow- or ice-related crash in Nebraska are 0.3164 per 100,000. 

9. Minnesota – Minnesota has about 53 inches of snowfall every year, and the chances of having a snow- or ice-related crash in the state are 0.3825 per 100,000.

8. New Mexico – The chances of having a snow- or ice-related crash in the state are 0.3837 per 100,000.

7. Iowa – Iowa has about 36 inches of snowfall every year, and the chances of having a snow- or ice-related crash in the state are 0.3841 per 100,000.

6. Michigan – The chances of having a snow- or ice-related crash in the state are 0.5946 per 100,000.

5. Maine – Maine has varied snowfall. Depending on the location in the state, people can see between 50 and 150 inches of snow every year, and the chances of having a snow- or ice-related crash in the state are 0.6018 per 100,000.

To see the rest of the list, visit the website linked above. 

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