Connecticut had 223 vehicular deaths in 2009, the latest stats available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Most deadly state in the nation? California, with 3,081. Runner-up, Texas with 3,071. The only other state with more than 2,000 vehicular fatalities: Florida with 2,558. At the safest end of the spectrum: Alaska with 64 deaths, Vermont with 74, Rhode Island with 83.