Allstate has just released its yearly list of “America’s Best Drivers.” To determine the safest places to drive, Allstate analyzes crash data and insurance claims from the 200 largest cities in the country. The safest city to drive in is Brownsville, Texas. The least safe? Baltimore, Maryland.
For 2018, Denver has improved slightly, coming in 102nd overall. We were 117th for car accidents on this same list in 2017. When population density is adjusted for, Denver ranks 87th. Sadly, we’re 108th when it comes to driving safely in the rain and snow - something to be aware of as we enter the ski season and more treacherous driving conditions on I-70 and other mountain corridors.
Lakewood came in 45th overall, 18th when adjusted, and 27th in rain and snow. Thornton came in 44th overall, 35th when adjusted, and 45th in rain and snow.
Aurora did the worst in the Metro area, coming in at 115th overall. In Aurora, numbers get worse as adjustments are made for population density, moving the suburb down to 141st when adjusted. Aurora ranks 119th in the rain and snow, making it one of the most consistently dangerous places to drive not just in the Metro Denver area, but in the country.
To the South, Colorado Springs did well, ranking 20th for overall safety. When adjusted, this number drops slightly to 21st, and it drops to 23rd in rain and snow.
Fort Collins is the clear winner, ranked 9th overall and 5th when population density is accounted for. Fort Collins stays at 9th for snow and rain safety, keeping all three categories in the top 10 and making our Northern Neighbor one of the Top 10 Safest Driving Cities in America.
Teen Fatalities Increase
Despite having some Northern Colorado cities in the top 20 safest places to drive, Colorado has seen a 22% increase in fatal traffic accidents involving teens. According to CDOT, one in five 16-year-olds will be in a car accident. When a teen passenger is in the car with a novice driver, the risk of crashing increases by 50%.
The biggest risk to teen drivers is other passengers. This is why drivers between the ages of 16 and 17 can only have one non-family member passenger at a time. However, if you have a teen driver, he or she should be strongly encouraged to drive alone for at least the first six months while they refine their basic driving skills skills.
In addition to passengers, teen drivers face risks from distraction, cell phone use, drug and alcohol use, and risky behavior such as speeding or erratic maneuvering. Work with your teen to help him develop good habits and help prevent causing or being involved in an accident.
You can teach your teen safe driving habits. You can model and practice those same habits. That doesn't mean you or your child will always be able to avoid an accident. If you are involved in a car accident and suffer injury as a result, Leventhal Sar LLC can help. Give us a call at 720-667-3030 for a complimentary consultation at our Denver office. We serve communities through the Front Range, Northern Colorado, and the I-70 corridor.