Automobile accidents are the cause of many personal injuries in the New Orleans area. While we are all concerned about making the roads safe for drivers and pedestrians, a recent report indicates that Louisiana’s metro areas may actually have taken a step backward this past year when it comes to reducing motor vehicle accidents.
Every year, Allstate Insurance uses car insurance collision claims data gathered from the 200 largest U.S. cities to rank driver safety in each city. It publishes these rankings in its annual America’s Safest Drivers report. The report is published as an effort to educate people about driving safety in the hope that it will lead to a decrease in future automobile collisions.
Three Louisiana metro areas are large enough to make the list: New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport. Unfortunately for people using the roads in these cities, none ranks particularly high in terms of safety, and all three ranked worse in the 2011 report than in 2010.
According to this study, Both New Orleans and Baton Rouge now rank in the bottom quarter for driver safety. New Orleans dropped from ranking 148th a year ago to 156th this year, and Baton Rouge dropped from ranking 151st to 159th. Shreveport – which was only slightly below the middle spot at 106th last year – now ranks 120th.
While moving backwards, at least none of the Louisiana cities was ranked absolutely worst in the study. That distinction again went to Washington, D.C. Fort Collins, Colorado was found to have the safest drivers for the second year in a row.
While many factors may lead to automobile accidents, according to the Allstate report, human behavior is the primary cause. If you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of a driver, we would be happy to help you. We can answer your questions at 504-581-6411 or 855-GERTLER.