NEW YORK – The struggle is real in the northeast . For the third year in a row, drivers in this region have ranked among the worst drivers in the nation, according to Allstate’s Best Drivers Report.
The annual report ranks 200 of the largest U.S. cities for safe driving habits and likelihood of filing a collision claim. Drivers in Boston were named the worst of the worst by the national auto insurer and major cities in California, New Jersey and New York ranked in the lower 100.
Manhattan car accident lawyers say the new data points to a concerning trend among New York drivers.
“Distractions are on the rise in Manhattan,” car accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “Data shows that drivers experienced roughly 26 braking events per every 1,000 miles driven in New York which is among the highest in the nation.”
Allstate’s data-recording devices monitor drivers and their habits, including incidents of hard-breaking. Few cities outpaced New York in this category.
Drivers in the Big Apple are no strangers to stop-and-go traffic but the insurance industry has long used ‘hard-breaking’ events as an indicator of crash likelihood. Drivers who slam the breaks often are likely not paying attention (that’s why they’re forced to squeeze the break a little harder) and their risk of crashing is high due to their perceived inattention.
There are other factors that put New Yorkers near the bottom of the list too. Manhattan car accident attorneys say dangerous weather has often played a role in the number of collisions.
“Not many regions experience the variety of weather we get in the northeast,” Cellino said. “Snow, ice, sleet, and rain stick to New York streets every year and it can sometimes create a traffic nightmare if drivers aren’t careful.”
Cellino says weather however, is no excuse for a crash and drivers can still be held liable for their actions during a snow storm or a thunderstorm.
The new research also found that the average New Yorker files an auto claim every 8.3 years. The rate is among the highest in the nation but still nowhere near Boston. Red Sox and Patriots fans are notoriously risky drivers and Allstate said Bostonians filed claims every 3.7 years, more frequently than any other U.S. city.
Brownsville, Texas and Kansas City, Kansas topped Allstate’s list as the safest driving cities in America after rain and snow were taken into account.
Although weather can be a factor in a crash, it is rarely the primary factor. Manhattan car accident lawyers say driver inattention remains the top cause of car crashes in the northeast.
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