Allstate Insurance Once Again Declares that Baltimore Drivers are the Worst in the Nation

Allstate Insurance Once Again Declares that Baltimore Drivers are the Worst in the Nation

Baltimore drivers have never fared well in Allstate Insurance Company’s ranking of cities with safe driving. Last year, Baltimore drivers ranked last. This year, Baltimore drivers once again achieved the dubious achievement of being found to be the worst among 200 cities that Allstate looked at for safe driving habits.

Allstate based its findings on the number of years between accident claims and how often drivers braked hard – meaning how often drivers had to slam on the brakes. On average, drivers in Baltimore saw 4.2 years between accident claims – an improvement over last year’s 3.8 years between accidents. But, Allstate says the national average is 10 years between claims. Baltimore drivers had an average 30.6 “hard-braking events” per 1,000 miles – a little worse than last year’s 29.3 times per 1,000 miles -- but, far more than the national average of 19 per 1,000 miles.

The numbers mean that Baltimore motorists are 152.5 percent more likely to be involved in a collision than drivers nationally, according to the report.

Unfortunately, Baltimore being a hub of bad driving habits seems to be something of a trend. This year, Charm City claimed the worst spot. In 2017, Baltimore was ranked second worst in the Baltimore auto accident study. The city has consistently ranked among Allstate’s bottom 10 cities for safe drivers during the last decade.

Nearby Washington, D.C. was also notable for bad driving, achieving the 199 spot – next to last, in this year’s study and ranking No. 198 in Allstate’s 2018 study.

Allstate also put out a list of the “Risky Roads” to avoid in the 15 bottom-ranked cities, where collisions were most common between January 2016 to December 2017. In Baltimore, that came up as the Beltway and Route 295.

The safest drivers in the country are found in Brownsville, Texas; Kansas City, Kansas and Boise, Idaho, where drivers are the least likely to be involved in car accidents, Allstate says.

Perhaps, one way to improve Baltimore’s standing is to eliminate distracted driving. The Maryland State Highway Administration is urging drivers to be mindful. About nine people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver each day in the United States.

The three main types of distraction are taking your eyes off the road, taking your hands off the wheel, and taking your mind off driving.

Sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system, and eating while driving are a few examples of distracted driving. Any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others.

Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction. Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph, experts say.

If you’ve been in an auto accident, you should talk to a Baltimore auto accident attorney. A Baltimore motor vehicle accident lawyer can make sure that you are fully compensated for the expenses you face when recovering from a car accident in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and the surrounding areas. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Thomas J. Maronick have experience handling Baltimore auto accident cases. You can contact Thomas Maronick on his cellphone at 202.288.0167, the law office at 410.934.3007 or via our website for a free consultation.