This summer, as vacationers traveled to their favorite destinations, Allstate released their fifteenth annual America’s Best Drivers Report. The annual study looks at 200 metropolitan areas and ranks them based on the number of property damage claims between January 2016 and December 2017.
Dangerous Drivers. Dangerous Roads.
Baltimore, Maryland maintained its position as the most accident-prone city nationwide, with drivers colliding with other drivers once every 4.2 years on average. The city’s Highway 695 was singled out for being the most unsafe.
Baltimore’s car crash frequency seems to be indicative of the problems facing densely populated urban areas with significant precipitation and aging infrastructure. Similar cities such as Boston, Providence, and Philadelphia also reside in the bottom fifteen of Allstate’s “traffic hall of shame.” Across the country, many prominent areas of California (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakdale, and others) were also deemed unsafe for driving.
Conversely Brownville, Texas stood above the pack with a 14.95, repeating their first-place ranking in 2016 and 2018, and beating their second-place finish from 2017. Smaller cities seem to have the safest roads with nearby Laredo, Texas joining Boise, Idaho, Huntsville, Alabama, and Kansas City, Kansas, rounding out the Top 5.
Three New Jersey cities made the list: Jersey City ranked at 110, up 4 spots from the previous year; Newark appeared at 143, with a remarkable improvement of 30 spots; and Paterson finished at 147, up 1 from the previous year.
A Promising Trend
Nationally, the average driver in America is involved in a collision once every 10.57 years. Per-capita, fatal motor vehicle accidents occur with less frequency. In 2018 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported nearly 37,000 people killed in collisions, down one percent from 2017..
The findings summarized in the America’s Best Drivers Report show that our roads are safer, overall, with car collisions decreasing despite increases in 2015 and 2016. However, it is important to keep in mind the risks that lead to collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, preventable human factors contribute to 94% of crashes.
If you received a traffic violation as a result of a collision, or for using a cell phone or any other distracted driving activity, consider discussing your options with an experienced criminal defense attorney.