Riskiest Cities for Drivers

USA- Opelika-Auburn News (Oanow.com) reports that cities are not created equal when it comes to the chances of being involved in a traffic accident. Across the United States, the average driver is involved in a collision approximately once in every 10.6 years but this statistic can vary significantly depending on where a person lives. For example, the average person is in a collision every 14.9 years in Brownsville, TX and every 4.2 years in Baltimore, Maryland.

When determining the rankings for the 25 most dangerous cities for drivers based off data collected in 2017, the results of several collected studies analyzed in the report looked at motor vehicle fatality rates, relative collision likelihood, motor vehicle thefts, and the amount of precipitation experienced by each location. The number one most dangerous urban area to drive in is Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The city experiences 52 traffic-related deaths every year, which comes out to 23.1 fatalities per 100,000 people. The chances of being in a crash in this city are about 55.1% greater than the national average. Vehicle thefts were also relatively high, with about 440 cars stolen for every 100,000 individuals. The city gets an average of 113 days of precipitation, meaning the roads are often wet and slippery.

Number two on the list is Savannah, Georgia, with a per capita traffic accident death-rate of just under 16 fatalities per 100,000 people, which is equivalent to 23 deaths per year. The chances of being in a car accident in Savannah are 37.8% higher than the national average. Dallas, Texas, was ranked number three. Detroit, Michigan came in fourth, and St. Louis, Missouri, rounded out the top five. Notable to the list is number six, Atlanta, Georgia. The chances of being involved in a collision in Atlanta are 49.4% higher than the national average. According to the data, there were reported 11.3 fatalities per 100,000.00 people.

Certain states also seem over-represented in the rankings. Four cities from California made the list, along with four cities from Florida and four from Texas.

In addition to location, the report pointed out that timing is important in determining the chances of a deadly car accident. While crashes are more likely to occur in urban areas, crashes involving fatalities occur more often at night and on the weekend and more likely in rural areas than in cities. Rural and local collector roads (roads that serve to move traffic from local streets to arterial roads) may not be fully paved or have clearly marked directions of travel, increasing the likelihood of collision, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

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