Except for Virginia, Southern states all had higher traffic death rates than Georgia. Mississippi was second-highest, with 20.5 per 100,000 population; Alabama (fifth-highest), 17.6; Arkansas, 16.3; South Carolina, 16.1; Tennessee, 15.3; Louisiana, 15.2; North Carolina, 13.1; Texas, 12.8; Florida, 12.3. Virginia’s rate was 9.0, compared with Georgia’s 11.8.
The leading causes of death, such heart disease and cancer, claim far more people than traffic accidents. Sivak and Schoettle found that in Georgia, for example, the death rate per 100,000 from heart disease was 165.5; from cancer, 164.3.