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Baltimore and Washington, D.C., among least-safe cities for drivers

An online study released by the consumer website Nerdwallet.com listed the 20 safest and most dangerous cities for drivers in the United States. Locally, Washington D.C. was found to be the 12th most dangerous city for drivers. Baltimore was listed as the third most dangerous city. The study looked at a number of factors when compiling its data, including:

  • The rate of fatal crashes
  • Likelihood of an accident
  • Years between accidents
  • Risk of automobile theft or break-in
  • Auto insurance rates

On the positive side, both Baltimore and Washington, D.C., had lower fatal accident rates relative to other cities on the "most dangerous" list. Washington's fatal accident rate of 3.4 fatal accidents per 100,000 people was lower than nearly all of the cities in the most dangerous list, with Baltimore not far behind at 4.7 fatal accidents per 100,000 people.

On the downside, both cities were ranked among the least safe cities for auto theft and break-in, and were above the national average in terms of likeliness of an accident. Furthermore, a driver in each of these cities is likely to be in an automobile accident every four to five years.

What are the five best and five worst cities to be a driver?

According to the Nerdwallet study, the five safest cities to be a driver are:

  • Cary, North Carolina
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Naperville, Illinois
  • Santa Clarita, California

The five most dangerous cities are:

  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Springfield, Massachusetts
  • San Bernardino, California

While some may have issues with this survey's methods, there is no doubt that there is room for improvement in driver safety in both Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, it is important to work with a skilled, experienced lawyer. People across Maryland have entrusted Robert J. Zarbin of Zarbin Law Firm to take on the full range of serious personal injury cases.

Source: The Safest And Most Dangerous Cities For Drivers, Nerdwallet.com, May 23, 2016, by Elizabeth Renter

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