When it comes to safe driving, Austin doesn’t fare as badly as other cities, but there’s certainly room to improve.
Insurance company Allstate recently unveiled its 2018 America’s Safest Drivers report, which ranks the 200 largest cities in the United States based on collision frequency. Austin comes in at 159th in the nation.
The average driver in America will experience a collision once every 10 years, according to Allstate claims data. In Austin, that average shrinks to 7.1 years between claims, Allstate said.
Austin has dropped one place on the list since last year, when the Bat City ranked 158th.
The country’s safest drivers are found in Brownsville, TX, where drivers go an average of 13.6 years between claims, according to the report. Collisions in Brownsville are 26.3 percent less likely compared to the national average, said Allstate. The border city climbed to the top of the list from the 2nd place spot it held last year.
In all, four Texas cities land in the Top 10 of the report: Brownsville, Laredo (6th place, 11.7 years between claims), Midland (7th place, 11.7 years), and McAllen (10th place, 11.5 years).
Other cities in the Top 10 include Kansas City, KS; Boise, ID; Huntsville, AL; Madison, WI; Cape Coral, FL; and Fort Collins, CO.
Austin drivers are still safer than the drivers in Arlington (160th place), Plano (163rd place), Houston (164th place), Mesquite (169th place), Irving (175th place), Dallas (178th place), and Garland (181st place).
And where are the least safe drivers in America? According to Allstate, they’re in Baltimore. Maryland’s largest city ranked 200th on the list, with an average of only 3.8 years between collision claims.
Nearly all collisions are caused by “preventable human factors” such as drunk, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding and failure to use safety features, warned Allstate. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94 percent of all serious crashes were caused by human error.
Allstate suggests several ways that drivers can help avoid accidents:
- Keep your eyes on the road, and keep potential distractions securely tucked away.
- Obey the speed limit and give yourself enough time to safely get where you’re going.
- Fasten your safety belt on every trip – and make sure each passenger is buckled up, too.
- Never drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicles in front of you.
- Don’t text and drive.
- Be sure to have an emergency roadside safety kit with caution signs and flares.
If you find yourself involved in a collision on Austin’s streets, whether it’s caused by human error or faulty equipment, you can benefit from the advice of an expert local attorney. The vehicle accident attorneys at the Evans Law Firm have years of experience in representing personal injury victims, including those who have tragically been victimized by unsafe drivers. Call today or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free case consultation.