Car Accident Lawyer in Baltimore Reports Some Colorful Car Crash Stats

 

According to a report published in August 2013, your chances of being in an auto accident in Washington, D.C., are twice as high as the national average — earning D.C. the number one spot on the list of most dangerous U.S. cities to drive in.

What city came in as number two? Baltimore, Maryland — followed by the cities of Providence, Rhode Island; Hialeah, Florida; and Glendale, California.

The safest cities were:

  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • Madison, Wisconsin

However, before you go running off to live a safe, crash-free life in Idaho or South Dakota, consider this: Another study found that there are about 30 percent more car crash fatalities in rural areas than in urban areas. (Think deer.)

Still other studies have tried to identify what types of cars are most likely to get into accidents. Some of the winners (or losers) of those competitions were reported to be:

  • New cars
  • Small cars
  • Black cars
  • Brown cars
  • Green cars
  • Cars driven in Newark, NJ (which somehow did not make it into the August 2013 findings listed above)

The reasons are purely conjecture. One expert said that new cars may be more accident prone because new-car owners are less familiar with the workings of their car. As for car colors, it is thought that black and other dark-colored cars suffer from a lack of visibility, especially during the dimmest times of day. A study in the United Kingdom, for instance, found that during daylight hours, black cars were up to 12 percent more likely be involved in crashes than white vehicles, while at dawn and dusk, the figure rose to 47 percent.

No matter what color car you are in or what city you call home, remember these two important points: Safe driving practices are the most proven way to avoid an accident — but if you cannot avoid one, be sure to immediately seek the advice of a qualified car accident lawyer in Baltimore at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A..