It seems that everyone, no matter where they live, bemoans the quality of the driving in their hometowns. You rarely if ever hear someone exclaim, “We have the best drivers in Sacramento!” That’s because people tend to remember the mistakes that they are forced to react to on the roads and most will not remember proper driving maneuvers that others make that allow them to move along safely. While it may seem impossible to quantify the feelings regarding the driving capabilities within a city, insurance companies are entities that make use of data that most of us would never even consider.
Some of that data has recently been released to the public by Allstate, as it has compiled its annual rankings for the safest and most dangerous cities in which to drive across the United States. Their survey included the 200 largest cities and metropolitan areas, and Sacramento did make the list. Unfortunately, the city’s placement is not something to be proud of, as Sacramento was found to be the 126th safest city in which to drive out of those 200. A link to the full set of data can be found here.
The five safest cities in which to drive in the United States based on Allstate’s criteria were:
- Fort Collins, Colorado
- Boise, Idaho
- Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- Brownsville, Texas
- Madison, Wisconsin
The five most dangerous cities in which to drive in the United States included:
- Washington, D.C.
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Providence, Rhode Island
- Hialeah, Florida
- Glendale, California
Allstate used several different criteria in order to determine its rankings, including population of a city, the average number of years between accidents for a driver in that city and the likelihood of a driver in that city being involved in a car accident relative to the national average. Sacramento ‘earned’ its low ranking because drivers are involved in car accidents here once every 8.7 years, and that likelihood is 14.4 percent higher than the national average.
This low ranking likely does not come as a surprise to many people who drive here regularly. Traffic in Sacramento can be challenging for many different reasons, and frustration among motorists is extremely common even because of serious accidents that are narrowly avoided. We have all of the same problems that exist everywhere else, including:
- Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Failures to yield the right-of-way
All we can do as a community is take it upon ourselves to exercise more focus on the way we drive and take steps to hold those who cause Sacramento car accidents accountable for the harm that they cause.
One way to hold those negligent drivers accountable is by filing legal claims in pursuit of damages that have been incurred. If you or someone you love has been injured by a negligent or reckless driver, contact the Sacramento accident lawyers at the Demas Law Group, P.C., today to schedule a free initial consultation.