The results of careless driving are devastating physically, financially and emotionally. Of the more than 5.6 million reported car Accidents in 2012, 33,561 people died as a result of injuries they suffered, according to new numbers released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That number represents an increase of 3.3% from 2011, when there were 32,479 fatalities. It also marked the first year there was an increase in traffic-related fatalities since 2005. The leading causes of car accidents in the United States include drinking and driving, speeding and distracted driving. In fact, someone with a blood alcohol content of.08 is four times more likely to cause an accident, a distracted driver is 23 times more likely to get into a car accident, and speeding is well-known to cause more accidents with higher impact injuries and more fatalities. But, which states are the worst offenders, and why?

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