25 Worst States for Distracted Driving in 2022

ByDeb Gordon

Updated: September 23, 2022

ByDeb Gordon

Updated: September 23, 2022

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Driving in America means sharing the road with distracted drivers — or being distracted yourself. Talking on the phone, checking your directions or even daydreaming can steal your focus and put you at risk of an accident.

Distracted driving isn’t just dangerous; it’s expensive. Finding affordable car insurance after an accident can be difficult and may mean paying up to $400 more per year for coverage.

Despite laws to prevent distracted driving in virtually every state, fatality rates rose 12% from 2019 to 2020. MoneyGeek analyzed the number of distracted driving deaths in each state and ranked states based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to find the worst states in the U.S. for distracted driving.

MoneyGeek ranked the 25 worst states for distracted driving from least dangerous to most dangerous below.


About Deb Gordon

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Deb Gordon is the co-founder and CEO of Umbra Health Advocacy, and author of The Health Care Consumer’s Manifesto (Praeger 2020), a book about shopping for health care based on consumer research she conducted as a senior fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government between 2017 and 2019. Her research and writing have been published in JAMA Network Open, the Harvard Business Review blog, USA Today, RealClear Politics, TheHill, and Managed Care Magazine.

Deb previously held executive roles in health insurance and health care technology services. Deb is an Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellow and an Eisenhower Fellow, for which she traveled to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore to explore the role of consumers in high-performing health systems. She was a 2011 Boston Business Journal 40-under-40 honoree, and a volunteer in MIT’s Delta V start-up accelerator, the Fierce Healthcare Innovation Awards and in various mentorship programs.