CLOVIS (KSMX)- With the holiday right around the corner, the safety researchers at ASecureLife have just released their annual Fourth of July state safety rankings. As it turns out, New Mexico ranked #7 among the most dangerous states during Independence Day.
July 4th is notorious for having more traffic fatalities and fire reports than any other day of the year. With this in mind, data from ASecureLife assessed the safety risks in each state according to its latest and most relevant data. They were able to rank the states based on the fire and road accident risk.
Road risk data was taken from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The survey didn’t want their data to be skewed by a population bias, so they measured road risk as the number of fatal car accidents per 1 million residents. They also used wildfire data from the Insurance Information Institute. From that raw data, the risk for fires was ranked by how many acres per 100,000 of land in the state were burned. The road risk and wildfire risk scores were combined and organized into a list where lower scores correlated to a higher ranking on the danger list.