Drivers in the Washington, D.C. metro area are the most likely in the entire country to become involved in car crashes, according to one new study.
For its America’s Best Drivers report, Allstate Insurance surveyed insurance claims filed in 2011 and 2012 from 200 of the largest cities in the country. As far as we know, Allstate only used its own claims, and not those from other insurance companies, so the results of this study probably are not scientific. Even so, they give one food for thought.
According to the study, the average U.S. driver is involved in an auto accident once every decade. In D.C., drivers are involved in an accident every 4.8 years on average. Comments from Allstate officials to news media about the results suggest that traffic congestion and a hectic pace of life may be to blame for D.C.’s higher-than-average rate of car accidents.
D.C. is followed by Baltimore; Providence, Rhode Island; Hialeah, Florida (near Miami); and Glendale, California (near Los Angeles).
Perhaps not surprisingly, the cities where residents are involved in car crashes less frequently tend to be smaller, like Fort Collins, Colorado, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Interestingly enough, some large cities fared quite well in the report. New York City, Chicago and Houston all ranked above the three-quarters mark on the list.
In my work as a personal injury attorney, I help clients from around the D.C. area, Baltimore, and all of Maryland and Virginia who have been hurt in car, truck or motorcycle accidents. I also often work with the families of loved ones who are killed in these accidents. If you are interested in more information, you are welcome to contact us at any time.
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