Providence Drivers Are Third-Worst in the Country
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
3rd Worst in the Country
Providence ranks as one of the least safe driving cities in the nation, landing 3rd on the list—which is one spot worse than last year. According to the report, the average driver in Providence will experience an auto collision every 5.4 years. Providence roads are not getting safer; the Capitol City has consistently ranked among the worst in the country, said Allstate.
“We don’t want drivers in Providence to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Providence to make positive changes to their driving habits that will in turn make the city a safer place to live, work and raise families,” said Carleen Desrochers, Rhode Island Allstate agency owner.
Only motorists in Washington, DC and Baltimore fared worse than Rhode Island. Allstate says that data was unavailable for Massachusetts drivers.
How it works
Allstate’s analysis of company claim data determines the likelihood drivers in America's 200 largest cities will experience a vehicle collision compared to the national average. The company’s internal property damage reported claims were analyzed over a two-year period (from January 2010 to December 2011) to ensure the findings would not be impacted by external influences such as weather or road construction.
A weighted average of the two-year numbers determined the annual percentages. The report defines an auto crash as any collision resulting in a property damage claim. Allstate’s auto policies represent about 10 percent of all U.S. auto policies, making this report a realistic snapshot of what’s happening on America’s roadways.
National accident statistics
According to the most recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crash fatalities increased by more than 1,700 from 2011 to 2012, the first year-to-year increase in fatalities since 2005. While fatalities have increased over the past year, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions that take place in “stop and go” traffic locations.
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