Well, it’s happened once again. Baltimore, MD, and Washington, D.C., have both made the very bottom of the Allstate insurance company’s “Best Drivers Report.” As a Maryland auto accident lawyer and personal injury attorney, I won’t say that I expected this, but the statistics show what many people probably already know — that car, truck and motorcycle accidents do seem to happen with alarming frequency in and around the state.
The Allstate report lists nearly 200 cities across the country, all of which fared better than our nation’s capital, which is why I always suggest to friends and associates to be extremely careful when traveling on our publics roadways. Single- and multiple-vehicle collisions are not uncommon in cities such as Annapolis, the District, Owning Mills and Columbia, among others, which makes defensive driving a necessary pastime here in Maryland.
According to the report, Baltimore was right behind D.C. in the poorest showing for 2010 — just like in 2009. Allstate ranked the metropolitan areas using insurance claim data from the 2007 and 2008 calendar years. The result of those findings showed that the average driver living in the Washington area is involved in a traffic accident once ever 5.1 years. What this also means is that D.C. drivers are, amazingly, 96 percent more likely to have an accident than an average driver anywhere else in the U.S.
According to Allstate, the average Baltimore driver can expect to be involved in an automobile collision every 5.6 years, which translates to an 80 percent greater chance of a Baltimore driver crashing his or her car when compared to the average American.
With all the injuries and fatalities that happen annually, it’s not too comforting to know that our own backyard is more dangerous than most of the nation. All I can say is, take care, use safe driving techniques and don’t assume that a serious accident can never happen to you or your family. Serious as well as deadly car and truck accidents can and do happen, and the statistics bear it out.
Sixth Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report” Reveals New Safest Driving City, AllstateNewsroom.com, September 2, 2010