According to a report released by Allstate, Pittsburgh drivers may not always be in good hands. In a ranking of America's 200 largest cities, Pittsburgh was once again placed far down on the list, this year landing at 187.
Whereas the average American driver experiences a collision every 10 years, Pittsburghers are involved in a crash every 6.6 years. This means that a Pittsburgh driver is 51.3 percent more likely to be in a car accident compared to the total national average. To rub salt in the wound, Pittsburgh came in dead last among cities whose populations range from 250,000 to 499,999.
To be fair, while compiling rankings Allstate does not consider factors such as weather, terrain, and road conditions—all of which happen to be issues specific to Pittsburgh driver safety. The company instead determines rankings by looking at the collision data within each city. All the same, Pittsburgh has dropped in the overall ranks for the sixth year in a row, peaking at 124th safest in 2008.
Fort Collins, Colorado, where the average driver has an accident once every 14 years, won this year's title for "America's Safest Driving City." The most dangerous city for driving in America was named Worcester, Massachusetts, where the crash rate is about 135 percent over the national average. Others cities ranked behind Pittsburgh include San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.
How can Pittsburgh move up in next year's rankings? Allstate recommends simply paying more attention while driving, but there many other ways that Pittsburgh could become a safer city for motorists. One is to curb aggressive driving habits, such as trying to "beat" red lights or quickly cutting in and out of traffic. Another is to raising awareness about the dangers of distracting habits like texting and driving. It is also important that parents work to instill safe driving practices in their teenage drivers who are at more risk of getting into an accident.
Were you injured in a car accident that occurred in Pittsburgh or another part of western Pennsylvania? Drivers continue to take part in dangerous habit that put everyone at risk. If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, you may have a case.
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