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August 27, 2014

Kansas City area drivers place high in safety study

Drivers in Kansas City, Kan., Olathe, Kansas City and Overland Park are to be commended.

It’s hard to believe that Kansas City area drivers ranked high in steering clear of traffic accidents.

Yet, Allstate Corp.’s 10th annual ranking of the most accident-prone urban areas in the country had Kansas City, Kan., in fourth place, up 13 spots from 2013, The Kansas City Star reports. Drivers reported 12.9 years between traffic crashes.

Olathe placed 10th with drivers saying there were 12.1 years between collisions. Kansas City came in 12th with 12 years between traffic crashes, and Overland Park placed 29th with 11 years between accidents. St. Louis in comparison ranked 105th, but it was ahead of Chicago at 139th, New York at 155th and Los Angeles at 188th. They could easily compete for the title of “Home of the Dented Fender.”

Allstate reviewed claims data of its insured drivers in 200 communities nationwide in 2011 and 2012 for the analysis. Fort Collins, Colo., led the country in safety rankings for the second consecutive year.

That town’s motorists average 14.2 years between traffic crashes.

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