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States with the most and fewest accidents

Georgia tops the list for the most, and several other southern states had high rates as well, while Oregon has the fewest overall

Dallas—CARFAX has new data that provides insights into where accidents happen around the country, including the states with the most and the fewest accidents per 1,000 registered vehicles in each state. Georgia tops the list for the most, and several other southern states had high rates as well. Here are the top 10 states with the most accidents:

  1. Georgia
  2. Kentucky
  3. South Carolina
  4. Louisiana 
  5. North Carolina
  6. Alabama
  7. Rhode Island
  8. New Jersey
  9. Indiana
  10. Tennessee

“Several southern states suffer from higher accident rates,” said Patrick Olsen, executive editor at CARFAX. “But when we look at the states with the fewest accidents, Oregon tops the list followed closely by several other western, mountainous states. It’s interesting to see there is some regionality to the accident rates nationwide.”

Here are the top 10 states with the fewest accidents per 1,000 vehicles in each state:

  1. Oregon
  2. Hawaii
  3. Alaska
  4. California
  5. Vermont
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Maryland
  8. Virginia
  9. Montana
  10. Washington

CARFAX estimates that the average impact on value for a vehicle with damage in its past is almost $400 on the wholesale price and more than $500 on the retail price. Those numbers jump to an average of nearly $2,000 for wholesale and $2,700 for retail if the vehicle has sustained severe damage.

CARFAX estimates as many as 40% of vehicles on U.S. roads today have some damage in their history, or approximately 110 million cars, and its data shows one in four cars are sold within a year of being in a damage-causing incident.

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