DC Drivers are Most Accident Prone in the Country

By Peter DePaolis

On the heels of a May report that found Washington, D.C. drivers were the least knowledgeable about traffic rules, another study finds that DC drivers are the most accident-prone drivers in the United States. In a story at sfgate.com, it is the fourth year in a row that DC drivers hold that dubious honor.

The study by Allstate Corp. revealed that a DC driver gets in a car accident once every 4.8 years. That is more than twice the accident rate for the average driver in the United States, according to the report. A local auto mechanic said that the auto crashes occur because DC drivers are always in a hurry, ignore the speed limit, and cut in front of other drivers.

A representative of Allstate said the reason for the study is to bring awareness to unsafe driving habits in America’s largest cities. Using cell phones while driving, texting, and putting on makeup are behaviors that Allstate hopes will decline in the future. Another report from the U.S. Department of Transportation says that distracted driving is responsible for about 16 percent of all car accident deaths.

With the likelihood of a car accident higher in DC than in any other city, knowing what to do after a car accident is more crucial than ever. Contact our team today for more information.

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Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.