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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Washington DC Drivers Most Accident Prone

If you want to open a new collision repair facility, perhaps you should consider Washington, DC. Drivers in that city have accidents at nearly three times the rate of drivers in Sioux Falls, South Dakota according to the eighth annual Allstate America's Best Drivers Report. The report, based on Allstate claims data, ranks America's 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency.

This year's top honor of "America's Safest Driving City" is Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the fifth time in the history of the report that the city has held the top spot. According to the report, the average driver in Sioux Falls will experience an auto collision every 13.8 years, which is 27.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years between accidents.

At the other end of the spectrum is Washington DC, where drivers will experience an auto collision every 4.7 years, which is 112.1 percent more likely than the national average of 10 years. Also near the bottom of the list is Providence, RI, where recent legislative battles have caused the high cost of Rhode Island auto insurance to make headlines. According to Allstate, the cause for those high premiums might likely be the sheer frequency of claims. For 2012, the state's capital of Providence ranked as the third most accident prone big city in the United States.

The five most accident prone big cities and the average number of years between accidents are: Washington DC, 4.7; Baltimore MD, 5.3; Providence RI, 5.5; Hialeah FL, 5.6; and Glendale CA, 5.6.

For the past eight years, Allstate actuaries have conducted an in-depth analysis of company claims data to determine the likelihood drivers in America's 200 largest cities will experience a vehicle collision compared to the national average. Internal property damage reported claims were analyzed over a two-year period (from January 2009 to December 2010) to ensure the findings would not be impacted by external influences such as weather or road construction.

A weighted average of the two-year numbers determined the annual percentages. The report defines an auto crash as any collision resulting in a property damage claim. 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.

City & Overall Ranking Collision Likelihood Compared
National Average
Average Years Between
1.  Sioux Falls, S.D 27.6% less likely 13.8
2.  Boise, Idaho 27.3% less likely 13.8
3.  Fort Collins, Colo. 26.7% less likely 13.6
4.   Madison, Wisc. 23.0% less likely 13.0
5.  Lincoln, Neb. 19.3% less likely 12.4
6.  Huntsville, Ala. 19.1% less likely 12.4
7.  Chandler, Ariz. 18.9% less likely 12.3
8.  Reno, Nev. 18.4% less likely 12.3
9.  Knoxville, Tenn. 18.1% less likely 12.2
10. Springfield, Mo 17.4% less likely 12.1

 Copyright 2012 CollisionWeek ( – reprinted by permission from the publisher

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