Washington is among 12 states, along with the District of Columbia, where deaths from firearms outnumber deaths from motor vehicles, according to a report from the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2010, there were 609 gun deaths compared with 554 motor-vehicle deaths in the state.
The numbers for firearms deaths include accidents, suicides, and legal interventions in addition to homicides (according to CDC data, most of Washington’s gun deaths were suicides–464 of the 609 fatalities).
Nationally, motor-vehicle deaths still outpace gun deaths. However, the gap between the two numbers has been narrowing; since 1999, motor-vehicle deaths have declined by 20 percent while firearm deaths have jumped by 10 percent.
The other states with more gun deaths than motor vehicle deaths are: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Virginia (see table below for data; columns are sortable by clicking on the heading).
|Jurisdiction||Gun Deaths||Vehicle Deaths||Gun Death Rate/100,000||Vehicle Death Rate/100,000|
|Alaska||144||71||20.28 per 100,000||10.00 per 100,000|
|Arizona||931||795||14.57 per 100,000||12.44 per 100,000|
|Colorado||555||487||11.04 per 100,000||9.68 per 100,000|
|District of Columbia||99||38||16.45 per 100,000||6.32 per 100,000|
|Illinois||1,064||1,042||8.29 per 100,000||8.12 per 100,000|
|Louisiana||864||722||19.06 per 100,000||15.93 per 100,000|
|Maryland||538||514||9.32 per 100,000||8.90 per 100,000|
|Michigan||1,076||1,063||10.89 per 100,000||10.76 per 100,000|
|Nevada||395||289||14.63 per 100,000||10.70 per 100,000|
|Oregon||458||324||11.95 per 100,000||8.46 per 100,000|
|Utah||314||274||11.36 per 100,000||9.91 per 100,000|
|Virginia||875||728||10.94 per 100,000||9.10 per 100,000|
|Washington||609||554||9.06 per 100,000||8.24 per 100,000|
Source: Violence Policy Center