The national insurance group, Allstate, recently released its 2013 report on the Safest Cities in the U.S. to drive in. The statistics reviewed the nation’s 200 largest cities by population, and compared the frequency, number, and type of accidents per capita. What did they find out? Washington, D.C. is last on the list. And, this wasn’t the first time that D.C. has been found at the bottom. In fact, over the last few years, our nation’s capital has filled that bottom position.
With more than 630,000 residents in D.C, the facts show that if you live here you are 109.3% more likely to get into a traffic accident, as compared to the national average. What does this mean simply? Statistically, you will be in a traffic accident every 4.8 years. Compare this to Milwaukee, a city relatively the same size in population, where drivers will go, on average 11.3 years between accidents. Incidentally, Milwaukee ranks 23rd on the list of cities evaluated.
So, since motorists, including those in automobiles and those on motorcycles, have a greater likelihood of getting into an accident statistically, what can you do to be prepared?
Tips to Remember About Washington, D.C. Riding
- ATGATT—All the Gear, All the Time. To help protect against, or minimize your injuries during a motorcycle accident, be sure to wear a helmet, leather riding jacket, boots, and gloves. These items can help prevent many serious and extremely painful injuries from occurring.
- Keep a close eye on other traffic around you. Assume cars can’t see you, so make yourself as visible as possible, and always pay attention to motorist behavior. What are their driving habits? By paying close attention, you may be able to predict what they might do next.
- Traffic can be dense, especially in a city like Washington, D.C. Residents, commuters, and tourists can bring population totals well over a million every day. Be patient, and exercise caution around motorists.
- Don’t be a daredevil! Don’t speed on open stretches of roadway. Avoid excessive weaving between lanes if at all possible. Follow all traffic safety laws regarding passing or merging lanes as well. Remember that looking cool on a bike won’t mean anything if you get seriously injured in the process.
You don’t have to be a part of the statistics. Practicing safe, assertive, and confident motorcycle riding can help keep you safe on the streets during your next ride. However, if you are seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, do you know who or where to turn to? At Lewis & Tompkins, we will listen carefully to your case, and help you determine if you have grounds to take legal action against a negligent party. Call us today at 202-296-0666 to schedule your free case evaluation.