D.C. Drivers Get Into Accidents Every Five Years, Ahead Of Anywhere Else | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Drivers Get Into Accidents Every Five Years, Ahead Of Anywhere Else

D.C. drivers get into accidents—and often.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/50451021@N00/175199087
D.C. drivers get into accidents—and often.

Drivers in D.C. are often accused of being pretty terrible behind the wheel, and a new study lends some credence to that claim.

Allstate's annual assessment of the best drivers in the country's 200 largest cities again puts D.C. motorists dead last. According to the insurer, D.C. drivers get into an accident every 4.8 years, more often than the national average of 10 years and almost a decade ahead of list-leader Fort Collins, Co., where drivers only get into accidents every 13.9 years.

It's not just D.C., though: Baltimore came in second-to-last at 5.4 years between fender-benders, while motorists in Alexandria and Arlington suffered accidents every 6.2 and 6.7 years, respectively.

The usual caveats apply, though: Allstate only insures 10 percent of the country's motorists, doesn't include Massachusetts and measures how good or bad a city's drivers are only by the time that elapses between insurance claims.

In July, Slate expanded the list of factors that go into determining how terrific or terrible a driver is, and found that when fatalities, miles drives, DUIs, and pedestrian strikes are factored in, Miami motorists are the worst, followed by Philadelphia, Hialeah, Fl., Tampa, Fl., and Baltimore. D.C. improved, coming in at 16th.

It's also worth noting that Allstate's data does not specify whether the accidents it ranked were caused by D.C. drivers or merely happened in D.C., so motorists from Maryland and Virginia have to help share the blame.

NPR

The Gift Of Eternal Shelf Life: 'Tuck Everlasting' Turns 40

In Natalie Babbitt's celebrated classic, a young girl stumbles upon a secret spring and the family the spring has given eternal life to. Babbitt says she wrote the book to help kids understand death.
NPR

Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.
NPR

Guantanamo Bay A Sticking Point Between U.S., Cuba Since 1903

Guantanamo Bay is home to the United States' oldest overseas base. Melissa Block talks to Vanderbilt History Professor Paul Kramer.
NPR

With 'Discover' Feature, Snapchat Bucks Social Trend In News

Snapchat says social media likes and shares aren't what makes a story important. The ephemeral messaging app has rolled out Discover, featuring multimedia articles from major news brands.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.