Crash statistics: Which counties in northeast North Carolina are the most dangerous?

| Oct 30, 2019 | Car Accident |

In northeast North Carolina, which counties are the most dangerous for driving?

The dubious top spot belongs to Wake County. In 2018, it had an accident rate that was nearly three times as high as Durham County, which the second-most-dangerous county. Johnston County, with I-95 running through the middle of the county, was the third-most-dangerous county for driving.

The accident rate is a measure of how many accidents occur per million miles driven. The crash statistics (see chart below) are from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, which publishes annual information by county.

Wake County also had the most fatalities in 2018, with 65, followed by Johnston (36) and Nash (30) counties.

The least-dangerous counties

The lowest accident rates in the state belonged to Hyde, Tyrell and Pamlico counties. Pamlico and Currituck were the only counties that did not have fatalities in 2018.

Crashes are on the rise in the state

Statewide, there were 313,878 crashes in 2018, with 1,443 fatalities. There were 125,513 injuries on North Carolina roads and highways.

In the last 20 years, the number of crashes statewide has been on a steady climb, with the number of crashes increasing 34 percent since 2011. From 2017 to 2018, the number of crashes increased by 2.9 percent.

2018 North Carolina Crash Statistics, By County

Crashes Fatalities  Crash Rate*
Statewide 313,878 1,443
Beaufort 1,225 8 4.71
Bertie 470 7 3.16
Camden 203 5 1.61
Carteret 1,687 10 8.07
Chowan 284 1 1.23
Craven 2,473 11 10
Currituck 432 0 3.75
Dare 932 5 5.45
Durham 12,696 32 40.4
Edgecombe 1,440 12 5.34
Franklin 1,381 9 6.43
Gates 259 2 1.36
Granville 1,333 17 7.92
Greene 577 2 2.48
Halifax 1,572 16 6.87
Hertford 509 3 2.41
Hyde 114 1 0.54
Johnston 5,678 36 25.95
Jones 433 4 2.07
Lenoir 1,588 17 6.76
Martin 675 3 3.17
Nash 2,998 30 15.75
Northhampton 614 10 3.13
Pamlico 214 0 1.17
Pasquotank 1,088 6 3.51
Perquimans 219 3 1.67
Pitt 6,295 21 15.64
Tyrell 130 0 0.66
Vance 1,563 9 5.22
Wake 36,677 65 114.52
Warren 461 8 2.9
Washington 273 3 1.34
Wayne 3,159 19 12.48
Wilson 2,655 12 10.95

*Crash rate is the number of accidents per million miles driven.
Source: North Carolina Department of Transportation

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