Cities That Experience the Most Car Accidents

The safest cities to drive in the United States might surprise you. According to a recent study from NerdWallet — who crunched numbers and analyzed car accident reports from more than 200 cities across the country — larger metropolises, with their twisting roads and busy freeways, tend to be more dangerous. However, Los Angeles, with its sprawling suburbs and massive roads, didn’t make the cut. Neither did New York City, the nation’s most popular megalopolis, where thousands of people seek legal advice after a car accident at firms like David Resnick & Associates. So which cities experienced the most car accidents in 2016? Read on to find out.

4. Springfield, Massachusetts

Springfield, Massachusetts, might not be the busiest city on the East Coast. Nor is it the biggest. However, this town had 7.1 fatal accidents for every 100,000 residents — well above the national and state average. This, in part, influences the city’s high insurance rates, which stand at $1,499 on average. Due to the high number of accidents, people here are more likely to contact a car accident injury lawyer, too.

Known for its historic architecture and beautiful buildings, Springfield is one of the most picturesque cities in the “Bay State.” Despite its relatively small size — it’s much more compact than nearby Boston, the state’s biggest city — it packs a mighty punch, with scores of restaurants and shops and bars, luring travelers from across the East Coast.

3. Baltimore, Maryland

In at No. 3, it’s Baltimore, one of Maryland’s most famous cities, home to Fort McHenry and the National Aquarium. It’s not that far from Springfield, MA, either. However, it has an even higher insurance rate, which stood at $1,868 in 2016. Its vehicle fatality rate is also cause for concern, with 4.7 fatal accidents for every 100,000 residents.

Baltimore has long been a historic hub, seducing visitors from across Maryland and beyond. This is the home of the U.S. national anthem: the Star-Spangled Banner. There’s plenty to see, do and experience here, too, including the shops at the city’s stunning harbor.

2. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Miles from Baltimore, Baton Rouge in Louisiana is a city known for its famous architecture, with stunning buildings that were built decades and decades ago. The city also makes runners-up position in NerdWallet’s study, with an average insurance rate of $2,624 — higher than the state and national average by some distance. There’s also a significantly high vehicle fatality rate, which stood at 16.6 fatal accidents for every 100,000 residents in 2016.

Still, the city is still booming, with famous attractions like USS Kidd and the Louisiana State Capitol Building attracting people every year.

1. Detroit, Michigan

Detroit has long been associated with the automobile industry. This is the birthplace of some of the world’s biggest car brands, making it the No. 1 “car city” in the United States. However, the metropolis also makes the top spot when it comes to average car insurance rates, which were $5,409 in 2016 — more than double those in Baton Rouge. The city also had 16.2 fatalities for every 100,000 residents in the same year.

Detroit is one of the most populous cities in the Midwest, with world-class attractions like the Detroit Institute of Arts and Hartsville U.S.A, the home of Motown.

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