According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 6,452,000 drivers in the U.S. were involved in auto accidents in 2017. New York residents won’t be surprised to hear that many of these accidents occurred in metropolitan areas. Allstate Insurance, in its America’s Safe Drivers Report for 2019, has ranked 200 metropolitan areas based on how frequently their residents get into car crashes. The results are summarized below.
It turns out that the worst drivers are to be found in Baltimore, followed by Washington, D.C., and Boston. Despite the preponderance of cities on the East Coast, where older infrastructure creates an inconvenience, there were six cities in California that made the bottom 15. Glendale was the worst of them, coming in at number six.
Those in New York City should know that the Big Apple was deemed the 111th safest city in 2019: an improvement from 2005, when it came in at number 173. The safest city is Brownsville, Texas, where drivers go for an average of 15 years between car crashes. This was followed by Boise, Idaho, and Huntsville, Alabama, where drivers go for an average of 13 years between collisions. In all, three cities in Texas made the top 15, as did three cities in Kansas. The Allstate report can be found in its entirety online.
Those who get in a motor vehicle crash may be eligible for compensation under personal injury law. It all depends on each party’s degree of fault. Victims of another’s negligence may consult with an attorney about their chances of recovering damages. If they go forward with their case, the attorney may hire investigators to obtain proof of negligence. For example, the defendant may have been driving while drunk, drowsy or distracted. Victims may then strive for a settlement out of court.