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NYC comes in at No. 20 on 'worst drivers' list

A few days ago, Allstate Insurance Company released a highly anticipated and much discussed report ranking U.S. cities according to who has the so-called best and worst drivers. Here, "worst" does not mean cities where drivers openly flout the vehicle traffic laws or fail to comprehend the rules of the road. Rather, it means how accident-prone the drivers in a particular city happen to be.

Here, the city with the dubious distinction of having the worst (i.e. most accident-prone) motorists is none other than Washington, D.C.

According to Allstate, D.C. drivers average a motor vehicle accident once every 4.8 years. This translates into a finding that their chances of getting into a car accident are 107.3 percent greater than the average American motorist who gets into a car wreck only once every ten years.

How then did motorists here in New York City - one of the most congested areas on the planet - fare in the Allstate report?

In a stunning turn of events, the Big Apple actually came in at number 20 on the list, with motorists averaging a car accident once every 7.3 years.

Interestingly, the report also found that the safest motorists tend to reside in smaller cities, meaning those with populations of over 1 million.

Fort Collins, Colorado was dubbed the top city on the list, with its "best" motorists averaging a motor vehicle accident only once every 14 years.

Boise, Idaho, Lincoln, Nebraska, Chandler, Arizona, and Huntsville, Alabama, rounded out the top five cities with the best motorists.

Stay tuned for more from our New York traffic law blog ...

A ticket for violating a vehicle traffic law can result in serious consequences, including fines, points against your license, increased insurance rates, license suspension/revocation or even jail time. Accordingly, if you or a loved one has received a citation, don't just dismiss it.

Instead, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Related Resources:

MSNBC "What, not your town? D.C. has the worst drivers" Sept. 7, 2011

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