Washington, D.C. is number one! No it is not number one in educational scores or safe streets. We have been found to be the worst drivers in America. The good news is that car crash fatalities are at the lowest level they’ve been since 1949. Yet, in looking at an average more than 32,000 every year, Washington drivers stood out for their lack of competency on the roads. The safest? Sioux Falls, S.D. Sure it’s safe but who goes to Sioux Falls? Everyone comes here just to see the cars crash.
Drivers in Washington reportedly get into an accident every 4.7 years on average.
Philadelphia — “The City of Brotherly Love” — comes off as . . . well less than brotherly. The average driver in Philadelphia will get into an accident every 6.1 years and are 64.1 percent more likely to get into an accident than the average driver. Drivers across the country get into an accident every 10 years. You can compare that to Sioux Falls with an auto collision every 13.8 years or 27.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.
I have personally found driving in Boston to be the most nerve racking when it comes to aggressive drivers though I have noticed more aggressive driving lately in my home city of Chicago. Chicago ranks 152nd with drivers that are 25.95 % more likely to get into an accident. At 176th, New York City drivers are 41.1% more likely to get into an accident. Many will not be surprised to see Los Angeles near the bottom at 182nd with drivers who are 48.5% more likely to get into an accident.
As a torts professor, I am simply grateful to be teaching the subject in the epicenter for negligence in America. It is like teaching javelin in 776 BC in Olympia. Today I think I will just take my students out for a field trip to watch the cars crash to experience torts in realtime.
Source: All State