These Oklahoma Counties Named Some of the ‘Deadliest’ for Traffic Fatalities

People who live in Oklahoma are well aware of how dangerous their roads and streets can be. Regrettably, these trips can sometimes end in death.

A study of national statistics found that two counties in Oklahoma had some of the highest rates of traffic deaths per person in the United States for counties with 20,000 to 149,999 people.

In terms of traffic deaths, Seminole County was ranked 13th and McCurtain County was ranked 18th among areas with that many people.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics used in the Convoy study showed that between 35,000 and 45,000 people die in car accidents in the U.S. every year.

In Oklahoma in 2021, 681 crashes killed 762 people. The NHTSA says that speeding is a cause of nearly one-third of all traffic deaths.

In Oklahoma, Which Counties Have the Most Road Deaths?

This study looked at data from the National Highway Road Safety Administration’s Fatalities Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and found that 53 people died in road accidents in Seminole County between 2017 and 2021. That’s 22.7 deaths for every 100,000 people.

Of those deaths, 15 took place on US-377, which goes from north to south across the county. From 2017 to 2021, 69 people died in road accidents in McCurtain County. That’s a death rate of 22.31 per 100,000 people. Twenty people died on US-259, the road that connects Broken Bow and Hochatown, from 2017 to 2021. It was the county’s most dangerous road.

Fairfield County, South Carolina, has 30.31 deaths per 100,000 people, making it the deadliest county in this group of people.

What is the U.s. County With the Most Road Deaths Per Person?

By a large measure, Loving County, Texas is the place where the most traffic deaths happen per person in the whole country.

In those four years, only 15 people died in car accidents in Loving. However, Loving is also the county in the country with the fewest regular residents. That’s 2,491 per 10,000 people since 57 people were living there at the time.

One of the only two big roads in the area is County Road 300, where almost half of the accidents happened.

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