On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.
An assumption many U.S. drivers make is that traffic accidents happen more frequently in areas that are heavily populated. An analysis by Allstate Insurance suggests that not all of the nation’s safest motorists drive in relatively small metropolitan areas like Fort Collins, Colorado – which is the third safest driving city on the insurer’s most recent annual list.
Allstate compiled data from its car accident claims across the country between January 2009 and December 2010. The auto accident insurance company covers approximately 10 percent of all policies for insured American drivers. The report covers the majority of the 200 most-populated cities in the United States.
The data was analyzed to discover how many years the average driver went between accidents. Fort Collins, Colo., along with Sioux Falls, S.D., and Boise, Idaho, ranked as the safest driving cities of all, with more than 13 years between crashes for average drivers.
The surprise within the report seemed to be that some highly-populated cities also made the safest driving list. A few of the largest cities rank better than smaller communities, where less accident frequency is often taken for granted.
The Allstate report also showed cities where accidents, from fender benders to fatal crashes, happened most often. Many of the most dangerous drivers were along the East Coast.
The District of Columbia, Baltimore and Providence, R.I. had accident-frequency gaps of 4.7 to 5.5 years. In other words, drivers in those cities were involved in vehicle accidents at least twice as often as those in Fort Collins.
Further analysis of the insurance company’s data seems to indicate that population size doesn’t necessarily indicate that a city’s drivers are unsafe. The insurer’s yearly study shows that at least one Colorado city holds the highest rating for safety.
What the data also reveals is that safe driving isn’t exclusive to smaller cities. It’s possible instead that every single driver is responsible for driver safety.
Source: theatlanticcities.com, “Do More Cars Accidents Happen in Bigger Cities?” Nate Berg, Aug. 29, 2012