One recent headline was featured in the news in late August, sharing the results of Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers report. Over the last nine years that the survey has been conducted, Washington, D.C. has ranked near the bottom of the list, and this year was no exception. In this most recent report, based on data collected by the Illinois-based insurance company, our nation’s capital ranked at the very bottom of the list.
Allstate spokesman Adam Polak, kindly described the capital city this way. “I wouldn’t say it’s the worst, I’d say it’s the least best. From looking at the data, drivers in Washington, D.C. on average have collisions more frequently.”
On average, Americans tend to go about 10 years between car accidents, according to information provided by Allstate. Residents are involved in auto accidents in Washington, D.C. about every 4.8 years.
Statistics show that drivers in large cities are more likely to be involved in auto accidents, as compared to those in smaller towns. Aside from that specifically known statistic, there wasn’t a specific reason attributed to why Washington, D.C. fell to the bottom of the polls this time around. Some thoughts as to why involve the combination of a busier lifestyle with the fact that more DC residents own cars than of other large cities like New York or Chicago.
Each report was based on data averages collected over a two-year time span to determine annual percentages. Crashes were defined as any crash that resulted in a property damage claim. Reportedly, Allstate insures about 10 percent of American drivers who pay for auto insurance.
This recent news may seem disheartening to many, especially when considering the fact that auto accidents and fatalities have risen nationwide from 2011 to 2012, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.
In light of these findings, it is our sincerest hope that Washington, D.C. motorists take extra care and precaution while on the road, staying alert and driving proactively so as to avoid a DC motor vehicle accident.
If you, or someone you love, have been injured in a Washington, D.C. car accident we are here to help. You are more than a statistic in a national survey. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for you injury and loses. Call the law offices of Lewis & Tompkins today, and schedule your free consultation to discuss your vehicle accident case.