The Corvette is probably one of the safest cars on the road today, but is that enough to keep you safe? Check out this report on the Most Dangerous Cities for Drivers.
Our blog post was submitted by Car Insurance Companies and we learn that data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that there are more than 120 million vehicles used for commuting, and research conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau found that 83 percent of adults drive at least several times per week.
Even though driving is the most popular mode of transportation, it’s not without risk. Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that in 2017, driving was responsible for 37,133 fatalities. Adjusted for population, that’s 11.4 driving fatalities for every 100,000 people in the U.S. Interestingly, the likelihood of getting into a car accident is higher in urban areas, but the likelihood of being involved in a fatal accident is actually higher in rural areas.
Similar to motor vehicle accidents and fatalities, location is a big determinant in the likelihood of having a car stolen—another risk associated with driving that cost Americans about $6 billion in 2017. Most car thefts occur in Western states, such as New Mexico, Nevada, and California. By contrast, states in the Northeast, such as Vermont, Maine, and New York, tend to have lower rates of motor vehicle theft.
When considering the likelihood of a collision, traffic fatalities, motor vehicle thefts, and inclement weather, some cities are more dangerous for drivers than others. To identify the most dangerous cities for drivers, researchers at 360 Quote used data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers Report, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Centers for Environmental Information to create a composite score for each of the largest U.S. cities.
Below is a summary of the 15 most dangerous cities to drive in, based on the composite score from this analysis:
Most Dangerous Cities for Drivers Complete Study Results
*the traffic fatality and vehicle theft rates are for every 100,000 state residents
#1 Most Dangerous Cities for Drivers was Baton Rouge, LA
- Motor vehicle fatalities: 23.1 per 100k people (52 per year)
- Relative collision likelihood: 55.1% above average
- Motor vehicle thefts: 440 per 100k people (991 per year)
- Annual days with precipitation: 113
- Population: 225,370
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