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Where does NYC stand in report ranking U.S. cities with best, worst drivers?

Yesterday, Allstate Insurance Company released its eighth annual report ranking the 200 largest U.S. cities according to which ones have the best and worst drivers. However, "worst" here does not mean those cities where drivers violate the vehicle traffic laws with greater frequency or fail to understand the rules of the road. Rather, it means how accident-prone the drivers in a particular city happen to be.

Once again, the U.S. city with the worst or most accident-prone motorists is none other than Washington, D.C.

According to Allstate, D.C. drivers average a motor vehicle accident once every 4.7 years. This translates into a finding that their chances of getting into a car accident are 112.1 percent greater than the average American motorist who gets into a car wreck only once every ten years.

In last year's report, drivers in the nation's capital averaged a motor vehicle accident once every 4.8 years, meaning their chances of getting into a car accident were then 107.3 percent greater than the average American motorist.

Motorists here in New York City once again defied expectations and came in at number 20 on the list for the second year in a row, with motorists averaging a car accident once every 7.1 years.

Ultimately, the report determined that smaller U.S. cities still tend to have the safest motorists.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota was the safest city on the list, with its "best" motorists averaging a motor vehicle accident only once every 13.8 years. Unbelievably, this is 27.6 percent less likely than the national average.

Boise, Idaho, Fort Collins, Colorado, Madison, Wisconsin, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Huntsville, Alabama, rounded out the top five cities with the best motorists.

"It is vital for us to educate American drivers about safe driving behaviors they can practice on the road that will help make our roadways safer," said Dave Prendergast, a senior vice president at Allstate. "Minimizing distractions, obeying traffic laws, and using your car's safety features like turn signals and headlights, are all ways to be safer, no matter where you drive."

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.

Sources:

NBC News, "Worst drivers in America? Washington, D.C., takes the honor," Jim Gorzelany, Aug. 29, 2012

Allstate, "Where do American cities rank in eighth annual 'Allstate America's best drivers report?'" Aug. 28, 2012

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