Area drivers are among the safest nationally, Allstate study says

08/26/2014 11:11 AM

08/26/2014 3:53 PM

When it comes to traffic accidents, drivers in the Kansas City area are among the best at steering clear of trouble, according to a study released Tuesday by Allstate Corp.

In its 10th annual ranking of the most accident-prone urban areas in the nation, both Kansas Citys, Olathe and Overland Park finished near the top for safe driving.

Allstate analyzed claims data of its insured drivers in 200 communities nationwide during 2011 and 2012 to come up with its rankings. The analysis took into account population density and driving conditions in rain and snow.

“Pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxicabs and public transportation vehicles such as buses” are among the potential obstacles facing drivers in urban locations, the auto and home insurer said in its report.

The average driver will experience a collision every 10 years, Allstate said.

Based on its analysis, Fort Collins, Colo., led the safety ranking for the second consecutive year. Its motorists averaged 14.2 years between accidents. Brownville, Texas, and Boise, Idaho, finished second and third.

The area results:

Kansas City, Kan., ranked fourth, up 13 spots from 2013. Drivers reported 12.9 years between collisions.

Olathe ranked 10th, with motorists averaging 12.1 years between accidents. In 2013, the city was ranked No. 14.

Kansas City was No. 12, up one spot from last year, with accidents occurring every 12 years.

Overland Park was No. 29, with accidents occurring every 11 years. Its safety record actually declined from a year ago, when it was ranked 18th.

Other regional rankings: Des Moines, No. 13; Wichita, No. 16; Omaha, No. 21; Springfield, No. 38; Topeka, No. 39; and St. Louis, No. 105.

Drivers in Worcester, Mass., were the worst in the nation, with a collision every 4.3 years on average, while motorists in nearby Boston drove 4.4 years between crashes, Allstate said. Washington, D.C., which had finished last in six straight Allstate studies, was third worst, with drivers there having a wreck every 5.1 years.

New York placed 155th for safety, with accidents every 7.8 years on average. Los Angeles ranked 188th, and Chicago was 139th.

According to Allstate, 70 percent of vehicles involved in claims it reviewed were still drivable, indicating that collisions occurred at speeds of less than 35 miles per hour.

To reach Steve Rosen, call 816-234-4879 or send email to srosen@kcstar.com.

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