Texas drivers should be aware of those times when they are aggressive on the road. For instance, they may cut in front of a vehicle or follow too closely to one: actions that require hard braking. In its 2019 America’s Best Drivers Report, Allstate found a correlation between hard braking and the frequency of car collisions. The results are as follows.
The auto insurer used U.S. Census Bureau data to determine the 200 most populous cities in the country. It proceeded to rank these cities based on the frequency of hard-braking events and of car collisions, by which it means accidents that lead to a property damage claim. The period analyzed was January 2016 to December 2017. The drivers analyzed all participated in Allstate’s Drivewise telematics program during those two years.
It turns out that cities with fewer hard-braking events per 1,000 miles see fewer property damage claims. The safest city was Brownsville, Texas, with drivers only getting in a collision every 15 years; the national average is 10.57 years. Allstate did not say how many hard-braking events there were, though.
Baltimore, Maryland, was the least safe with drivers getting in a collision every four years. Whereas the national average for hard-braking events was 19 per 1,000 miles, Baltimore drivers brake hard over 30 times per 1,000 miles.
When negligent actions lead to motor vehicle accidents, those who were injured through little or no fault of their own may seek reimbursement for their losses. This can include both financial losses and those losses that can only have a relative monetary value placed on them, such as pain and suffering. To see if they can file a claim against the responsible driver’s auto insurance company, victims may consult a lawyer. The lawyer may represent them at the negotiation table.