Annual report puts spotlight on capital area
Last fall, Allstate Insurance Company released its America’s Best Drivers Report, ranking the country’s 200 most populous regions in terms of the likelihood of an accident, and the average time a driver goes between accidents. Cities that spring to mind might include the gridlocked Los Angeles or New York, but these cities only ranked 14th and 23rd, respectively. The top two places instead went to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.
The findings of the study were based on property damage claims data from January 2010 through December 2011, and make up about 10% of all damage claims filed throughout the country.
According to the report, drivers in the safest cities in the nation are around 28% less likely to have an accident, and go nearly 14 years between collisions. Washington, D.C. drivers, on the other hand, are 109.3% more likely to be involved in an accident, and average one every 4.8 years. Baltimore comes in a somewhat distant second, but still has an 86.1% greater likelihood of an accident, with only 5.4 years in between incidents.
What does this mean for drivers in the Baltimore-Washington metro area? Following the rules of the road is crucial, as always, but drivers must also take care to be extra attentive and drive defensively:
- Leave ample space between you and the car you’re following.
- Double check your surroundings before initiating a lane change or turn
- Don’t assume other drivers will stop for a red light or stop sign.
- Always be aware of motorcycles, cyclists and pedestrians in your area.
When planning a drive, it’s a good idea to plan extra time in case there is a backup due to an accident, and to be prepared while driving for detours or changing traffic conditions.
If you do get into an accident, be sure to stay calm, don’t admit fault or discuss the accident and trade insurance and license information with the other driver. If the accident caused any property damage or injuries, the attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC encourage those involved to contact them at their Baltimore offices. They provide legal representation on behalf of victims, and can help build a case to secure compensation for their suffering.