Does your state have the most distracted drivers?

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Driving in America means sharing the road with distracted drivers — or being distracted yourself. Talking on the phone, checking your directions or even daydreaming can steal your focus and put you at risk of an accident.

Distracted driving isn’t just dangerous; it’s expensive. Finding affordable car insurance after an accident can be difficult and may mean paying up to $400 more per year for coverage.

Despite laws to prevent distracted driving in virtually every state, fatality rates rose 12% from 2019 to 2020. MoneyGeek analyzed the number of distracted driving deaths in each state and ranked states based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to find the worst states in the U.S. for distracted driving.

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MoneyGeek ranked the 25 worst states for distracted driving from least dangerous to most dangerous below.

 

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25. Maine

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 0.82
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 23
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 27,957

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24. Vermont

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 0.82
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 11
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 13,353

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23. Tennessee

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 0.85
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 135
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 159,284

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22. Colorado

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 0.85
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 88
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 103,276

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21. North Dakota

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 0.86
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 16
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 18,594

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20. Alaska

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 0.89
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 10
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 11,187

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19. Missouri

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 0.91
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 139
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 151,965

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18. North Carolina

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 0.92
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 210
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 228,817

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17. New York

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 0.98
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 223
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 226,463

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16. Montana

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 1.04
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 26
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 24,996

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15. Arizona

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 1.12
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 152
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 136,039

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14. Florida

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 1.18
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 514
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 434,590

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13. Texas

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 1.21
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 665
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 548,809

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12. Oklahoma

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 1.21
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 105
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 86,648

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11. Virginia

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 1.22
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 197
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 161,542

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10. Idaho

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 1.38
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 49
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 35,464

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9. New Jersey

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 1.54
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 223
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 144,546

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8. Illinois

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 1.60
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 322
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 201,646

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7. Wyoming

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 1.60
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 32
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 20,008

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6. Washington

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 1.69
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 196
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 116,188

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5. Hawaii

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 1.97
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 39
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 19,809

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4. Kentucky

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 2.0
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 195
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 95,946

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3. Kansas

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 2.4
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 146
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 59,697

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2. Louisiana

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 2.6
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 262
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 99,734

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1. New Mexico

  • Distracted Driving Fatality Rate: 5.4
  • Distracted Driving Deaths 2019-2020: 276
  • 2019-20 Miles Driven (Millions): 51,528

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