Breaking down fatality statistics in Florida

When determining how many people are killed in car accidents in Florida and across the United States, you can look at the overall numbers to see which states are most dangerous, but they don’t actually tell the whole story. States with more land area, more roads and a higher population are almost always going to rank higher in overall accidents and deaths. Instead, it is wise to break things down and look at the accidents on a per capita basis so that the numbers can be compared evenly across all states.

For example, there were 2,228 fatal accidents recorded in Florida in 2013, while there were only 446 in Arkansas, which seems to suggest that it was safer to drive there. However, there were only 2,959,373 people in all of Arkansas, while there were 19,552,860 in Florida. So, to put things in perspective, one must look at how many deaths happened out of every 100,000 people or out of every 100,000 miles driven.

In Florida, 12.3 people passed away for every 100,000 people who lived in the state. In Arkansas, with a much smaller population, 16.3 people passed away out of every 100,000. That meant that there were 1.47 deaths for every 100,000 miles driven, while there were only 1.25 deaths per 100,000 miles driven in Florida. Raw statistics aside, this shows that it was actually safer to drive in Florida.

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