For the second consecutive year and fourth year overall, Fort Collins has been declared the home of the safest drivers in the country, according to the 10th annual Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report.
Allstate, which provides around 10 percent of all auto insurance policies in the United States, recently reported that drivers in Fort Collins go an average of 14.2 years between traffic accidents. Drivers in Worcester, Mass. – home to the country’s least-safe drivers – average just 4.3 years between crashes.
The report analyzed the 200 largest cities in the U.S. and based rankings on population, city density and precipitation factors. Allstate defined accident as “any collision resulting in a property damage claim.”
Fort Collins ranked first in city density and second in population and precipitation. The accident likelihood for a Fort Collins driver is 29.6 percent below the national average.
Other Colorado cities listed in the report were Colorado Springs (14th on the ranking), Lakewood (19th), Denver (88th) and Aurora (115th).
Rounding out the top-five safest driving cities were Brownsville, Texas; Boise, Idaho; and Kansas City, Kansas. The top-five least-safe driving cities, all located in the Northeast, were Worcester, Mass.; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Springfield, Mass; and Providence, R.I.
Still Plenty of Room for Improvement
Fort Collins may be a safer place to drive than other parts of the country, but motor vehicle accidents remain a serious safety issue in the area. The Coloradoan reports that on a recent August day, Fort Collins Police Services received 26 calls related to vehicle collisions.
From 2008 to 2012, according to the City of Fort Collins 2013 Traffic Safety Summary, Fort Collins averaged 3,594 crashes per year.
Despite a high number of deadly crashes, the city compares favorably to similarly sized cities in Colorado and nationwide for fatal crash rate (or crashes per 100,000 population), according to the report.
The leading types of crashes during this period were rear-end collisions, which made up close to half of crashes.
In 2012, there were a total of 3,559 traffic crashes in the Fort Collins. Three of these accidents were fatal, 832 led to injury or possible injury and 2,724 resulted in property damage only. The total cost of these accidents was $112,553,700, or roughly $2,270 per Fort Collins family, the report states.
The actual cost of medical bills, lost wages and other losses resulting from a crash are typically much higher, but may be recoverable through a car accident lawsuit if someone else was to blame for the crash.
Contact Our Colorado Car Accident Law Firm
Attorney Steve Ray is a former Marine Corps judge now fights for the rights of accident victims in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, he brings more than 35 years of legal experience and military discipline to pursuing your claim for compensation.
He will meet with you to discuss your case and, if a claim is possible, pursue the maximum financial recovery available. If we cannot recover money for you, you will pay nothing for our legal services.
Contact us today to discuss your case in a free consultation.