Los Angeles Listed as Unsafe City for Motorists

Thursday, September 09, 2010

There’s yet another list of the safest cities for motorists in the US, and yet again, Los Angeles car accident lawyers will not be surprised to find that their city features near the bottom.  The list is the 2010 edition of Allstate’s America's Best Drivers report on the best cities to drive a car. 

The safest city according to Allstate, is Fort Collins, Colorado where drivers have a 31.2% lower accident likelihood than the national average.  This is followed by:

  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Eugene, Oregon
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa

At the other end of the spectrum, are the cities where motorists are at the highest risk of an accident.  The worst city in the US for motorists, according to Allstate, is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where motorists have a 53.5% greater accident likelihood than the national average.  Next in line is Los Angeles which has a 44.7% greater accident likelihood than the national average.  The other California city on the most unsafe cities list is San Diego where the risk of an accident is 8.3% higher than the national average.  The other unsafe cities include Dallas, Chicago, San Antonio, Houston, New York and Phoenix.

Cities like Los Angeles do struggle with challenges that impact motorist safety.  For instance, Los Angeles has an auto-centric culture, which means more vehicles on the road.  That doesn't mean that motorists here should be resigned to a higher probability of an accident.  It does mean however, that motorists must drive with greater precautions.  That includes switching off your Blackberry and iPhone while driving, and obeying traffic rules.  It also means never drinking and driving, and always buckling up.


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