In 2006 there were 42,708 highway deaths, according to the report. Numbers dropped each of the next five years, falling to 32,367 in 2011. New England had the highest increase last year, at 15 percent. NHTSA's southwest region (Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi) increased by 10 percent, and California and Arizona rose 9 percent. State-by-state analysis was not available.
We have reported that drivers are more likely to die on a rural road than other roads.