According to Allstate Corp., the bottom of the annual ranking of the nation’s 200 biggest urban areas has the drivers from Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, as the most likely to get involved in a car crash.

The report from the Northbrook, Illinois-based insurer sees Worcester’s motorists in a collision every 4.3 years, while Boston’s drivers have an average of 4.4 years between accidents. Washington, D.C. – usually the top’s “performer”, finishing last for six straight years – was relegated to the third place with a crash each 5.1 years.

Allstate – the biggest publicly traded US auto and home insurer – said the research focused on data from January 2011 to December 2012 – and also commented on the influence of densely populated areas.

“Pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs and public-transportation vehicles such as city buses” are the usual obstacles in an urban area, Allstate said in a statement.

On the other end of the ranking was Fort Collins, Colorado – for the fourth time in a row, after placing at least in the top 10 in each survey. The drivers here averaged 14.2 years before they had to face the possibility of an auto accident. They have a rate that is 29.6 better than the national average.

Via Bloomberg


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