The Most Dangerous Cities for Drivers

You may think you know the worst cities to drive in — bad traffic, weird roadways, you get the idea. But do you know which ones are the most dangerous when it comes to getting behind the wheel? With help from DangerousRoads.org, we counted down the 15 most dangerous cities for drivers.

15. Oklahoma City, Okla.

Oklahoma city

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  • Total fatalities: 74
  • Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 13.41

With a population of 551,789, Oklahoma City comes in at 15 on this list with a 13.41 fatality rate per 100,000 members of the population. Fox 25 News in Oklahoma City revealed in a 2017 news piece the city also has a particularly bad record of distracted driving in school zones that results in pedestrian fatalities.

Next: Coming in at No.14 …

14. Birmingham, Ala.

Birmingham, Alabama

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  • Total fatalities: 31
  • Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 13.55

Alabama is one of the most dangerous states for drivers, so a couple of its cities made the list. With a population of 228, 798, Birmingham ranks 14th on the list with a 13.55 fatality rate per 100,000 members of the population. Distracted and drowsy driving are factors that are particularly common around the University of Alabama, Birmingham campus.

Next: Coming in at No. 13 …

13. Tulsa, Okla.

tulsa city skyline

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  • Total fatalities: 54
  • Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 14.00

With a population of 385,635, Tulsa ranks 13th on the list with a rate of 14 fatalities per 100,000 members of the population. In addition to Oklahoma’s distracted driving woes, Tulsa drivers combat roads ravaged by winter weather and intersections that see vehicle accidents nearly every other day.

Next: Coming in at No. 12 …

12. St. Petersburg, Fla.

Aerial view of the beach in St. Petersburg, Florida

Aerial view of the beach in St. Petersburg, Florida | felixmizioznikov/iStock/Getty Images

  • Total fatalities: 35
  • Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 14.27

Get used to seeing Florida on this list — multiple cities in the panhandle fit the criteria for being the most dangerous for drivers in the nation. With a population of 245,314, St. Petersburg ranks 12th on the list with a rate of 14.27 fatalities per 100,000 members of the population.

Next: Coming in at No. 11 …

11. Jacksonville, Fla.

Ponte Vedra Beach in Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida | TraceRouda/Getty Images

  • Total fatalities: 116
  • Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 14.36

With a population of 807, 815, Jacksonville ranked 11th with a 14.36 fatality rate per 100,000 members of the population. Law firm Lipcon & Lipcon collected data which revealed in 2016 alone Duval County in Jacksonville racked up 2,997 DUI violations, 35,587 speeding violations, 15,671 violations occurred from drivers running red lights, and 12,472 violations for reckless driving.

Next: Coming in at No. 10 …

10. Lubbock, Texas

Buildings and architecture downtown city skyline Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock, Texas | ChrisBoswell/ Getty Images

  • Total fatalities: 33
  • Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 14.97

With a population of 220,483, Lubbock ranks 10th on the list with a 14.97 fatality rate for every 100,000 members of the population. Drunk driving is an especially big problem in Lubbock, with Men’s Health revealing in 2015 the city has the highest rate of DUI-related deaths in the entire country.

Next: Coming in at No. 9 …

9. Memphis, Tenn.

Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley

Graceland, Memphis | CaronB/Getty Images

  • Total fatalities: 101
  • Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 15.08

With a population of 669,651, Memphis ranks ninth on the list with a 15.08 fatality rate for every 100,000 members of the population. A Channel News 3 Memphis report from 2012 revealed reckless driving makes the city where Elvis died the most dangerous for drivers in the entire state.

Next: Coming in at No. 8 …

8. Jackson, Miss.

Jackson, Mississippi

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  • Total fatalities: 27
  • Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 15.53

With a population of 173,861, Jackson ranks eighth on the list with a 15.53 fatality rate for every 100,000 members of the population. According to a Mississippi Today report from 2018, Mississippians are more likely to drive after drinking and drive without a seatbelt, making it one of the most dangerous states as a whole to get behind the wheel.

Next: Coming in at No. 7 …

7. Chattanooga, Tenn.

Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA downtown skyline

Chattanooga, Tennessee | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

  • Total fatalities: 28
  • Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 16.39

With a population of 170,880, Chattanooga ranks seventh on the list with a 16.39 fatality rate for every 100,000 members of the population. The Times Free Press revealed in 2013 that three of the 10 most dangerous spots for drivers along Interstate 24 in Tennessee were all in Chattanooga.

Next: Coming in at No. 6 …

6. Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City,Utah basks in the evening sunlight

Salt Lake City skyline | George Frey/AFP/Getty Images

  • Total fatalities: 30
  • Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 16.51

With a population of 181,698, Salt Lake City comes in at sixth on the list with a 16.51 fatality rate for every 100,000 members of the population. SLC drivers have ranked worse than the average for a couple years now. In addition to reckless driving behaviors, some of the roads in the state are considered some of the most dangerous to drive on because of inclement weather.

Next: Coming in at No. 5 …

5. San Bernardino, Calif.

San Bernadino in California from Route 18 Rim of the World Highway

San Bernardino in California from Route 18 Rim of the World Highway | iStock.com/BackyardProduction

  • Total fatalities: 38
  • Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 17.12

California is a large state with a wide range of cities with their own driving dangers. While San Francisco and Los Angeles are certainly dangerous for driving, San Bernardino tops them when it comes to vehicular fatalities. With a population of 198,580, San Bernardino ranks fifth on the list with a fatality rate of 17.12 for every 100,000 members of the population.

Next: Coming in at no. 4 …

4. Little Rock, Ark.

Little Rock, AR, USA

Little Rock, Arkansas | csfotoimages/iStock/Getty Images

  • Total fatalities: 34
  • Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 17.94

With a population of 189,515, Little Rock ranks fourth on the list with a 17.94 fatality rate for every 100,000 members of the population. Arkansas on a whole has a problem when it comes to driving in inclement weather, with the state being one of the most dangerous when it comes to driving in the rain.

Next: Coming in at No. 3 …

3. Augusta-Richmond Co., Ga.

Augusta, Georgia, USA downtown skyline

Augusta, Georgia, downtown skyline | iStock.com/Sean Pavone

  • Total fatalities: 38
  • Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 19.57

With a collective population of 194,149, the Augusta-Richmond County in Georgia ranks third on the list with a 19.57 fatality rate for every 100,000 members of the population. The county has many notable streets and intersections that see a large number of vehicle accidents every year.

Next: Coming in at No. 2 …

2. Orlando, Fla.

Orlando, Florida skyline

Orlando, Florida aerial skyline towards Lake Eola | Sean Pavone/ iStock/ Getty Images Plus

  • Total fatalities: 46
  • Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 19.95

With a population of 230,519, Orlando ranks second overall on the list with a 19.95 fatality rate for every 100,000 members of the population. Orlando has long had one of the highest rates of vehicular fatalities in the country, with the connecting Interstate 4 being one of the most dangerous in the entire country.

Next: Coming in at No. 1 …

1. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Platform of Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport in Florida, USA

Ft. Lauderdale international airport | TasfotoNL/iStock/Getty Images

  • Total fatalities: 41
  • Total fatality rate per 100,000 population: 22.39

With a population of 183,126, Ft. Lauderdale tops the list with a 22.39 fatality rate for every 100,000 members of the population. A report from 2011 that put the city at the top of the list said some residents blame the dangerous conditions on “the high number of New York transplants, tourists driving in unfamiliar territory and senior citizens, not to mention spring breakers, who may have compromised vision or reflexes.”

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