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Texas Ranks Seventh in States Where a Deadly Crash Follows Police Pursuit 

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A new study has discovered the states with the highest percentages of fatal crashes involving a police pursuit, with Georgia taking the top spot. Image for illustration purposes
A new study has discovered the states with the highest percentages of fatal crashes involving a police pursuit, with Georgia taking the top spot. Image for illustration purposes
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  • Georgia is the state with the largest percentage of fatal crashes during a police pursuit, 2.09%
  • Texas ranks seventh with 1.59% of fatal crashes involving a police pursuit
  • At the other end of the scale, Hawaii rank bottom with only 0.21% of fatal crashes occurring during a police pursuit

A new study has discovered the states with the highest percentages of fatal crashes involving a police pursuit, with Georgia taking the top spot. 

Personal injury experts at Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer H&P Law analyzed the percentage of fatal crashes involving a police pursuit in each state; the analysis looked at the number of fatal and non-fatal crashes that involved a police pursuit from 2017 to 2021, reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

The top 10 states:

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RankStatePercentage of fatal crashes involving a police pursuit
1Georgia2.09%
2Virginia2.03%
3Kansas1.79%
4Minnesota1.74%
5New Mexico1.62%
6Missouri1.60%
7Texas1.59%
8Indiana1.53%
9Alabama1.52%
10Illinois1.47%

#1 – Georgia 

First, with 2.09% of fatal crashes involved in a police pursuit, is the state of Georgia. There were 7,413 reports of deadly crashes, this being the second highest figure in the top 10, with 155 being involved in a police chase. 

#2 – Virginia 

Second place goes to Virginia, with 2.03% of fatal crashes that were involved in a police pursuit. The “Old Dominion”, as it is known, has seen 82 deadly motor incidents that occurred during police chases over the five years that were measured.  

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#3 – Kansas 

Kansas lands in third, with 1.79% of fatal crashes that were involved in a police pursuit. Known as the “Sunflower State”, Kansas has had 1,898 fatal motor vehicle crashes from 2017 to 2021; 34 of them were involved in a police pursuit.  

#4 – Minnesota 

Minnesota lands fourth, with 1.74% of fatal crashes that were involved in a police pursuit. Minnesota has witnessed 1,843 deadly crashes between 2017 and 2021, this being the lowest figure out of the top ten ranking.  

#5 – New Mexico 

Fifth place goes to New Mexico with 1.62% of fatal crashes that were involved in a police pursuit. The state has, out of the total 1,853 crashes, 30 fatal crashes that were involved in police chases.  

#6 – Missouri 

Sixth place goes to Missouri, with 1.60% of fatal crashes that were involved in a police pursuit. The state has seen 4,377 fatal crashes during the five-year period; the number of crashes that occurred due to a police pursuit sits at 70. 

#7 – Texas 

In seventh place is Texas, with 1.59% of fatal crashes that were involved in a police pursuit. The Lone Star State experienced the most vehicle crashes, with 17,549 crashes recorded between 2017 and 2021 – this figure is the second largest out of all 50 states.  

#8 – Indiana 

In eighth place is Indiana, with 1.53% of fatal crashes that were involved in a police pursuit. The state has seen 4,044 motor vehicle crashes over four years, 62 of which were deadly and involved a police pursuit.  

#9 – Alabama 

In ninth place is Alabama, with 1.52% of fatal crashes that were involved in a police pursuit. The state has seen 4,333 crashes over four years; out of the total, there were 66 deadly crashes during police pursuit. 

#10 – Illinois  

In tenth place is Illinois, with 1.47% of fatal crashes that were involved in a police pursuit. Out of the total number of fatal motor vehicle crashes, 76 happened during a police chase. 

A spokesperson for H&P Law commented on the findings: “Crashes during police pursuits are frequently caused by fast speeds, reckless driving, and traffic conditions, particularly in highly populated areas. Difficulties in communication between law enforcement agencies, distractions, vehicle faults, and bad weather can all increase the danger.” 

The study was conducted by H&P Law Las Vegas personal injury attorneys who have over 60+ years of combined experience in winning cases for injury accident victims. 

Methodology 

This data was taken from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reporting on the amount of fatal motor vehicle crashes from 2017 to 2021, compared against the number that were recorded as involving a police pursuit.  

Information Source:  H&P Law

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