Insurer Allstate has released its annual list of the safest cities in America. The insurer ranked approximately 200 American cities on the basis of the number of accidents that motorists are likely to be involved in here. As an Atlanta car accident lawyer, I’m not at all surprised to learn that Atlanta ranks at number 146.
For the record, the safest city in the US for motorists is Fort Collins, Colorado. The average motorist in Fort Collins experiences an accident just once every 14.5 years. That means the average motorist there has a likelihood of being involved in an accident that’s close to 31% below the national average. Fort Collins was followed by Chattanooga, Boise, Colorado Springs, Knoxville, Eugene-Oregon, Reno-Nevada, Huntsville-Alabama, and Cedar Rapids.
Atlanta car drivers should take some comfort in the fact that the city ranks ahead of New York, Houston, San Antonio, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Philadelphia in terms of danger to motorists.
When you look at the large cities that are considered dangerous to drivers, you realize that some of them have peculiar challenges that impact motorist safety. For instance Los Angeles has an auto centric culture that means more numbers of motorists, not all of them equipped to deal with all that traffic. In Atlanta’s case, it’s insane traffic congestion, which contributes to a number of accident risk factors like aggressive driving and road rage. In addition, Atlanta mass transit system is not well-developed, so most commuters are forced to drive to and from work. This leads to even more traffic and congestion.
Even in the face of these odds as Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers we think you can still ride safely in the city and increase your odds of avoiding accidents. Switch off all distractions behind the wheel. Drive at safe speeds, and never drive under the influence. Obey traffic laws, including no speeding, passing only on the left, turning your headlights at the first sign of darkness and when it is raining, and using your direction signals when changing lanes or turning. Always, but always buckle up. It’s actually the simple things like these that divide a safe city, from a so-called unsafe one. The drivers who follow the Rules of the Road are much less likely to be involved in a serious accident and, therefore, are safer.
Robert J. Fleming has been handling wrongful death cases, dental malpractice, bus accidents, car accident cases and premises injury cases for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 20 years. He practices in and around the Atlanta area including handling lawsuits in Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Gwinnett, Cobb and other counties and nearby cities including Alpharetta, Austell, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Duluth, Decatur, Doraville, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Jonesboro, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Peachtree City, Riverdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stone Mountain, and Smyrna. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident and would like quality legal representation, contact Robert J. Fleming directly on (404) 525-5150 or contact us online.