SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - An insurance study has once again found
that Sioux Falls has the safest drivers in the nation, marking the
third straight year that South Dakota's largest city has topped the
Researchers with Allstate Insurance Co. analyzed two years of
internal crash data to calculate the chance that drivers in 193 of
the nation's most populated cities would be involved in an
Allstate, which claims a 12 percent market share of the nation's
auto insurance policies, found that Sioux Falls motorists average
an accident once every 14.6 years - 31.6 percent better than the
national rate of one every 10 years.
The city's rate improved slightly from last year's average of
one accident every 13.7 years.
Officials in Sioux Falls again attributed the ranking to strong
traffic engineering and driver education programs.
Following Sioux Falls were Fort Collins, Colo.; Chattanooga,
Tenn.; Sterling Heights, Mich.; Warren, Mich.; Knoxville, Tenn.;
Grand Rapids, Mich.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Lexington, Ky.; and
Motorists in Washington, D.C., were most at risk, according to
the study, averaging an accident once every 5.4 years.
Drivers in Detroit, ranked 11th in population, are likely to
experience a crash once every 12.4 years, the best among cities
with between 500,000 and 1 million people. Phoenix ranks the
highest for safety among cities with more than 1 million people
with a collision likely once every 9.8 years.
Boston, Worcester and Springfield in Massachusetts were not
included as the company does not write policies in the state.
Allstate planned to give away free gas at a Sioux Falls filling
station Tuesday to reward residents for their ranking.
Researchers studied about 2 million damage claims defined as any
collision resulting in property damage filed between January 2005
and December 2006. A weighted average of the two-year numbers
determined the annual percentages.
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