There have been a number of studies in recent years that show North Carolina drivers aren’t the best.

However, this week, a particularly alarming and interesting study found that, when North Carolina drivers are killed in traffic accidents, North Carolina is one of the top ten states where those drivers were likely to have died in a head-on collision.

The research, conducted by Louisiana personal injury firm Laborde Earles, “analyzed the number of head-on collisions as a percentage of fatal crashes between 2017 and 2021,” using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Vermont, Oregon, Wyoming, New Hampshire, and Nebraska are the top five in the category no one wants to be a leader in.

North Carolina came in 10th with 936 fatal head-on collisions during the length of the study, meaning that, of fatal collisions in the state, 13.5 percent were head-on crashes.  That’s about a third higher than the national average.

The data revealed that Vermont has the very highest percentage of fatal head-on collisions compared to other fatal auto collisions. Out of 294 accidents in that state between 2017 and 2021 – the timeframe for the study – 48 autos were reported to have crashed head-on with another motor vehicle, which was 16 percent of all fatal crashes.

That difference is 54 percent higher than the national average of 10.57 percent.

Oregon’s residents are the second-most likely to be killed in a head-on collision as a percentage of all fatal collisions, according to data from the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration. Between 2017 and 2021, there were 2,316 deadly road accidents, and 365 were head-on collisions, 16 percent of all fatal crashes. As such, Oregon residents were 49 percent more likely to find themselves in a fatal head-on collision compared to other Americans.

Wide-open Alaska, interestingly, has the seventh-highest percentage of fatal head-on collisions in the US. Out of 318 fatal crashes, 44 were head-on collisions  –14 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes. This figure is 30 percent above the national average.

A spokesperson at Laborde Earles Law Firm commented: “There were 177,409 fatal motor vehicle crashes in America between 2017 and 2021, according to the latest figures from the NHTSA. Out of that total, 18,748 were head-on collisions, which means just over one in 10 fatal crashes were directly into another oncoming vehicle.”

A study spokesperson also noted, “Vermont, the tenth smallest state in America in terms of population, takes the top spot. However, the study features states from all across the nation, highlighting the need for drivers everywhere to be vigilant and cautious when on the road.”