Allstate Ranks Philly High on List of Worst Drivers

Allstate Insurance Company recently issued their seventh annual Allstate American’s Best Drivers Report™, which ranks America’s 200 largest cities according to which ones have the safest drivers. Of course, as you identify the cities with the safest drivers, you also identify the cities with the worst, most accident-prone drivers.

Would it surprise you to learn that Philadelphia had an overall ranking of 188 out of 200? Using auto crashes and collisions that resulted in property claim damages over the course of two years, Allstate’s study found that Philly drivers were 60.2% more likely to have a collision compared to the national average, and had an average of 6.2 years between collisions. The drivers in the safest city in the study, Fort Collins, Colorado, were 28.6% less likely to have a collision compared to the national average, and went an average of 14 years between collisions.

Boost Philadelphia’s Ranking

The study points out that drivers in cities with more than one million residents, such as Philadelphia, are more likely than the national average to be involved in a collision. However, cities such as Phoenix, Arizona, which ranked 55th on the list and is only 1.1% more likely to experience a collision compared to the national average, shows that larger cities can be home to safe drivers. Come on Philadelphia! We can do better!

Since the biggest cause of accidents is human behavior, drivers can have a significant impact on safety just by improving their behavior. Some of this behavior can be improved through education, but a lot of it is just common sense. Allstate offers these tips to help drivers improve:

1.      Avoid distractions. Cell phone use, texting while driving, or even playing with the radio can cause accidents. Even if you’re great at multitasking, all it takes is a couple of seconds with your eyes off the road to cause a crash. Minimize distractions by turning your cell phone off, inserting a CD or tuning to the station of your choice, and checking your appearance before turning the key in the ignition.

2.     Maintain your vehicle. Ensure that your tires, brakes, lights, hoses, and battery are in good working order.

3.      Be aware of road conditions. Drive appropriately and slow down on days with less than ideal weather, such as in snow, ice, fog, rain, and wind.

4.      Maintain a safe distance between you and other cars. A good rule of thumb is that there should be one car length between you and the car in front of you for every 10 miles per hour you are traveling.

5.      Don’t be a road rager. Anger caused by traffic, running late, or other poor driving can quickly escalate. Stay calm, and avoid other aggressive or angry drivers.

If everyone in Philadelphia practiced safe driving, there’s a good chance we could move up some spots on the next Allstate survey! In the meantime, just because you agree to clean up your driving act doesn’t mean that others will as well. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, and you believe another driver was to blame, contact a Philadelphia accident lawyer for a free consultation. 

Rick Console is a New Jersey personal injury attorney who has been protecting and representing the rights of injury victims for 17 years. In addition to representing those injured in motor vehicle accidents, he has successfully handled thousands of cases related to wrongful death, slips and falls, medical malpractice and other accidents resulting from the negligence of others . Console is licensed to practice in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and has offices in both Marlton, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Allstate Insurance Company recently issued their seventh annual Allstate American’s Best Drivers Report™, which ranks America’s 200 largest cities according to which ones have the safest drivers. Of course, as you identify the cities with the safest drivers, you also identify the cities with the worst, most accident-prone drivers.

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