This huge state has the most US fatalities due to drowsy drivers

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Drowsy-driving accidents killed 7,392 people between 2010 and 2018. The number of people killed nationally in these accidents has fallen by 8% since 2010, despite increases in 2012 and 2014. The same can be said for the number of fatal drowsy-driving crashes, which fell by 9% between 2010 and 2018, despite year-over-year increases in three of those years.

Going further, more 25- to 34-year-olds died in drowsy-driving accidents than any other age group. These deaths underscore the lethality of drowsy driving: Though drowsy driving kills fewer people per year than drunk driving, more people die per accident.

A single drowsy-driving crash was likely to kill more than one person. In fact, about 112 people were killed for every 100 fatal crashes from 2010 to 2018. Compared to the number of fatalities for drunk driving, drowsy driving has a slightly higher death rate, though the gross number of deaths was much lower. For every 100 fatal crashes that were attributable to drunk driving from 2010 to 2018, there were about 109 deaths related to drowsy driving.

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Every state saw deaths from drowsy driving, mostly in the daytime

Drowsy driving has claimed lives in every state, with most of these crashes happening on state highways rather than interstates and U.S. highways. From a broader look, accidents on these three types of roadways make up 78% of all drowsy-driving fatal crashes. ValuePenguin also found that those most likely to die in drowsy driving crashes were 25- to 34-year-old drivers, no matter where they occurred.

The number of fatalities in this age group was 1,178 from 2010 to 2018 on all roads — 16% of the total number of drowsy-driving deaths. However, the number of deaths was fairly even across 15- to 64-year-olds. On the other hand, the oldest and youngest people on the road were the least likely to be killed: People younger than 15 made up 5% of the national deaths, while those 75 and older made up 9%.

Contrary to what most might expect, it’s most common for drowsy driving to cause fatal crashes during the daytime. Fifty-one percent of these types of crashes happened in daylight. Conversely, 43% happened in the dark. Dawn and dusk only accounted for 5% and 1%, respectively, of the total number of drowsy-driving crashes from 2010 to 2018.

On average across all states, there were 117 deaths from drowsy driving from 2010 to 2018.

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Does car insurance cover drowsy driving?

For drivers who don’t live in no-fault states, the extent to which they’re protected from drowsy-driving damage could depend on whether they were the ones who fell asleep at the wheel.

As drowsy driving isn’t an isolated incident but rather a national problem, it’s important to understand how a typical car insurance policy would treat the damage from these accidents. Whether you were the violating driver or the affected driver would determine your insurer’s liability.

If you were the victim of someone who crashed into you while driving drowsy, the other driver’s bodily liability insurance would pay for the damage to your vehicle and the medical bills you face, up to the limit of their policy.

However, if you were the one who hit another person’s car while falling asleep, it’s less certain that your car insurance would pay to repair the damage you caused to your own car. Bodily injury liability insurance only provides coverage for another person. In this scenario, you’d have to have collision coverage, which pays for repair damages, regardless of your fault.

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Methodology

ValuePenguin analyzed crash data from FARS, which is operated by the National Highway Transit Safety Administration. The FARS data we collected dealt specifically with drowsy-driving accidents and deaths. We organized the data by county and state to find totals for state highways, U.S. highways and national interstates.

Here are the states with the least to most deaths from drowsy-driving accidents.

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50. Rhode Island

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 8

Percentage of total: 0.2%

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49. North Dakota

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 12

Percentage of total: 0.2%

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48. Alaska

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 13

Percentage of total: 0.3%

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Tie: 47. South Dakota

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 18

Percentage of total: 0.4%

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Tie: 47. Delaware

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 18

Percentage of total: 0.4%

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Tie: 47. Hawaii

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 18

Percentage of total: 0.4%

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44. Iowa

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 19

Percentage of total: 0.4%

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43. New Hampshire

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 21

Percentage of total: 0.4%

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42. Vermont

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 22

Percentage of total: 0.4%

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41. Connecticut

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 23

Percentage of total: 0.4%

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40. Nebraska

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 28

Percentage of total: 0.5%

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39. Massachusetts

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 32

Percentage of total: 0.6%

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38. Minnesota

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 39

Percentage of total: 0.8%

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37. West Virginia

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 40

Percentage of total: 0.8%

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36. New Jersey

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 43

Percentage of total: 0.8%

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35. Maine

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 46

Percentage of total: 0.9%

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34. Arkansas

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 49

Percentage of total: 1%

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33. Michigan

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 50

Percentage of total: 1%

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32. Idaho

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 57

Percentage of total: 1.1%

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31. Nevada

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 58

Percentage of total: 1.1%

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30. Mississippi

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 61

Percentage of total: 1.2%

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29. Wisconsin

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 64

Percentage of total: 1.2%

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28. Montana

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 67

Percentage of total: 1.3%

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27. North Carolina

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 70

Percentage of total: 1.4%

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26. Maryland

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 71

Percentage of total: 1.4%

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25. Oregon

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 75

Percentage of total: 1.5%

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24. Washington

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 82

Percentage of total: 1.6%

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23. Illinois

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 84

Percentage of total: 1.6%

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Tie: 22. New Mexico

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 86

Percentage of total: 1.7%

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Tie: 22. Wyoming

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 86

Percentage of total: 1.7%

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20. Utah

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 88

Percentage of total: 1.7%

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19. Louisiana

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 89

Percentage of total: 1.7%

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18. South Carolina

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 93

Percentage of total: 1.8%

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17. Florida

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 103

Percentage of total: 2%

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Tie: 16. New York

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 111

Percentage of total: 2.2%

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Tie: 16. Kansas

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 111

Percentage of total: 2.2%

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14. Arizona

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 112

Percentage of total: 2.2%

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13. Ohio

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 117

Percentage of total: 2.3%

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Tie: 12. Oklahoma

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 118

Percentage of total: 2.3%

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Tie: 12. Indiana

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 118

Percentage of total: 2.3%

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10. Georgia

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 119

Percentage of total: 2.3%

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9. Missouri

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 121

Percentage of total: 2.4%

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8. Tennessee

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 133

Percentage of total: 2.6%

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7. Kentucky

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 142

Percentage of total: 2.8%

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6. Virginia

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 176

Percentage of total: 3.4%

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5. Pennsylvania

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 178

Percentage of total: 3.5%

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4. Colorado

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 200

Percentage of total: 3.9%

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3. Alabama

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 250

Percentage of total: 4.9%

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2. California

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 283

Percentage of total: 5.5%

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1. Texas

Number of drowsy-driving fatal crashes: 1,111

Percentage of total: 21.6%

From 2010 to 2018, there were more fatal drowsy-driving crashes on Texas’ interstates and highways than in any other state. During this time, there were 1,111 fatal crashes stemming from drowsy driving. Nationally, there were 5,133 fatal crashes on highways and interstates, with about 103 crashes per state.

As such, fatal crashes in Texas made up 22% of the entire country’s drowsy-driving crashes. Moreover, these crashes on major Texas roadways occurred at a rate that was more than 10 times greater than it was across the country. In fact, the state with the second-most fatal drowsy-driving crashes on highways and interstates, California, only had a 6% share of the country’s total fatal accidents.

Texas was the only state that possessed a share greater than 10% of the total drowsy-driving incidents. In fact, Texas, California and Alabama were the only states that had at least a 5% share.

This article originally appeared on ValuePenguin.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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