(KAKE) - A new study has revealed that Kansas is the third state with the highest rate of drivers in fatal crashes caused by traveling in the wrong direction down a road. 

The study, conducted by personal injury law firm Bader Scott, sourced its data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, looking at the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes between 2017 and 2021. It focused on crashes where the driver was recorded as driving the wrong way on a one-way trafficway, or driving on the wrong side of two-way trafficway, intentionally or not.

The report details that 6.21% of drivers in fatal crashes in Wisconsin, amounting to 256 out of 4,120, were traveling in the wrong direction. This is the highest percentage of all 50 states, and nearly triple the national average, which stands at 2.2%.

Arkansas ranks second with 5.19% of drivers fatal crashes caused by wrong-way driving, translating to 207 out of 3,987 drivers involved in fatal collisions.

Kansas follows in third place with 4.89% or 142 of its 2,903 drivers in fatal crashes because they were not following the correct direction on the road.

"At the national level, more than 6,000 drivers were involved in fatal crashes after traveling the wrong way down a trafficway. This represents 2.22% of the 271,028 drivers in deadly collisions," said Seth Bader at Bader Scott. This data highlights the states where the issue is more prevalent, and is something that drivers should take into account when traveling in these areas.”

The full list of states and their rank can be found below. 

Rank State Number of drivers involved in fatal crashes after driving the wrong way Total number of drivers involved in fatal crashes Percentage of drivers involved in fatal crashes after driving the wrong way
1 Wisconsin 256 4,120 6.21%
2 Arkansas 207 3,987 5.19%
3 Kansas 142 2,903 4.89%
4 Texas 1,333 27,392 4.87%
5 Rhode Island 18  444  4.05%
6 North Dakota 23  690  3.33%
7 Nevada 79 2,403  3.29%
8 Illinois 263  8,048  3.27%
9 Massachusetts 75  2,466  3.04%
10 Mississippi 138  4,663 2.96%

Methodology: The study was performed by, analyzing data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on drivers in fatal crashes between 2017 and 2021. The percentage of drivers involved in fatal crashes after driving the wrong way was calculated by comparing the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes after driving the wrong way against the total number of drivers involved in fatal crashes for each state.