In the past, this blog has explored the numerous factors that can contribute to the risk of being involved in car accidents. We’ve looked at days of the year that are more dangerous for drivers, types of weather and even the demographic of the person behind the wheel. And while we’re sure everyone believes they live in the state with the worst drivers, Allstate Insurance Company did us a favor and compiled a list ranking the nation’s 200 largest cities based on risk of a motor vehicle collision.
Allstate Releases Rankings Report
Allstate Insurance Company, which holds approximately 10 percent of all auto insurance policies in the United States according to a recent company news release, recently used claims data to rank cities in terms of the frequency of car accidents.
Now, this may not be a direct reflection of how skilled a given city’s drivers are, but trends based on the number of actual car accidents in a specific area can paint a realistic picture for the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle collision.
“Allstate’s auto policies represent about 10 percent of all U.S. auto policies, making this report a realistic snapshot of what’s happening on America’s roadways,” reads a news release included with the report.
So, what is happening on America’s roadways in terms of car accidents and collisions?
Seattle Car Accidents Ranking Continues to Fall
Allstate’s most recent report on the frequency of car accidents by individual states, Seattle drivers are ranked 154th out of the nation’s 200 largest cities – hardly a flattering award for the Emerald City. Drivers in the city can expect to be involved in an accident every 7.9 years.
And the trend of car accident rankings that Seattle has received in recent years is equally disappointing. The 2012 ranking is a seven-spot decline from 147th in 2011, when our drivers were involved in car accidents approximately every eight years.
There are two signs of positive news here, though. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn recently announced a new road safety plan that will look to reduce both the frequency of these traffic collisions and the devastating injuries that can result. In addition, the Washington, D.C. area had the worst ranking of all – Allstate says drivers in the country’s capital are involved in car accidents every 4.7 years on average.
Seattle Accident Lawyers
Do you think that this is an accurate representation of the city of Seattle in respect to drivers and their likelihood of being involved in car accidents? Do you have any first-hand experience that sheds some light on this issue? Share your thoughts and comments in the box below.