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Mass. Ranks 9th in Percentage of Fatal Crashes Involving Alcohol

By Tom Marino | April 1, 2024
Last Updated: April 1, 2024

Mass. – A new analysis of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows Massachusetts was within the top 10 of all 50 states in the percentage of fatal crashes which involved alcohol.

From 2017 to 2021, Massachusetts experienced 2,466 fatal crashes across the state. Of those, over 37 percent were fatal, a total of 929. Just eight states had a higher rate of fatal crashes including alcohol.

State Total drivers in
fatal crashes
Drivers in fatal crashes
with a BAC of 0.01 or more
% of drivers in fatal crashes
with a BAC of 0.01 or more
Connecticut 1,983 936 47.20%
Texas 27,392 12,923 47.18%
Rhode Island 444 203 45.72%
Hawaii 687 293 42.65%
Montana 1,187 493 41.53%
District of Columbia 229 95 41.48%
Oregon 3,430 1,389 40.50%
Washington 4,132 1,670 40.42%
Massachusetts 2,466 929 37.67%
Ohio 8,561 3,192 37.29%

In the last two years which data is available from the NHTSA, Massachusetts saw an increase from 2020 to 2021. In 2020, 28 percent (98 of 343, 26th highest) of fatal crashes involving alcohol were fatal. That jumped to 36 percent (150 of 417, 10th highest percentage in the US) in 2021.

A crash involving alcohol is not one where alcohol is over the legal limit for driving of a blood alcohol content of 0.08, but where blood alcohol content of 0.01 is detected.

The full list of crashes involving alcohol for each state is below.

State Total drivers in
fatal crashes
Drivers in fatal crashes
with a BAC of 0.01 or more
% of drivers in fatal crashes
with a BAC of 0.01 or more
Connecticut 1,983 936 47.20%
Texas 27,392 12,923 47.18%
Rhode Island 444 203 45.72%
Hawaii 687 293 42.65%
Montana 1,187 493 41.53%
District of Columbia 229 95 41.48%
Oregon 3,430 1,389 40.50%
Washington 4,132 1,670 40.42%
Massachusetts 2,466 929 37.67%
Ohio 8,561 3,192 37.29%
Illinois 8,048 2,955 36.72%
North Dakota 690 248 35.94%
Maryland 3,934 1,405 35.71%
New York 6,920 2,510 36.27%
New Hampshire 775 277 35.74%
Nevada 2,403 836 34.79%
Arizona 7,293 2,550 34.97%
California 27,309 9,524 34.87%
New Mexico 2,790 976 34.98%
Colorado 4,589 1,553 33.84%
South Dakota 806 276 34.24%
Maine 1,028 345 33.56%
Wisconsin 4,120 1,391 33.76%
Total 272,993 92,418 33.85%
Iowa 2,347 808 34.43%
South Carolina 7,372 2,462 33.40%
Louisiana 5,627 1,857 33.00%
Virginia 5,983 1,958 32.73%
Wyoming 779 247 31.71%
Michigan 7,576 2,389 31.53%
Missouri 6,659 2,104 31.60%
Alabama 6,528 2,020 30.94%
Alaska 467 146 31.26%
Nebraska 1,660 515 31.02%
Pennsylvania 8,313 2,562 30.82%
Arkansas 3,987 1,222 30.65%
Idaho 1,624 484 29.80%
Florida 24,140 7,333 30.38%
North Carolina 10,613 3,228 30.42%
Vermont 428 130 30.37%
New Jersey 4,191 1,259 30.04%
Indiana 6,375 1,835 28.78%
Tennessee 8,227 2,382 28.95%
Oklahoma 4,770 1,322 27.71%
Delaware 892 250 28.03%
Minnesota 2,803 790 28.18%
Georgia 11,592 3,153 27.20%
West Virginia 1,911 501 26.22%
Mississippi 4,663 1,172 25.13%
Kansas 2,903 684 23.56%
Kentucky 5,392 1,311 24.31%
Utah 1,990 469 23.57%

 

The 5-year totals were compiled by Florida Personal Injury Law Firm Anidjar & Levine. The single year totals for 2020 and 2021 are from the NHTSA.

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