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New 'Best Drivers Report"

Florida did not fare too well in a new report on the top 200 largest U.S. cities and how often their residents get into car crashes.

As a Stuart, FL car accident lawyer, I was not too surprised by these results. I often work with clients who have been badly hurt in car accidents, so I know firsthand what devastation and harm car wrecks can cause.

According to the America's Best Drivers Report, drivers across the U.S. get into a car accident about once every decade, on average. But in Hialeah, the Florida city that got the worst ranking, they get into car accidents about once every 5.6 years. That rate was enough to put Hialeah in the bottom five cities.

Tampa, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg all fared worse than average as well.

However, Port St. Lucie and Cape Coral scored above average, with residents there getting into car accidents once every 10.5 and 10.8 years, respectively.

The report was prepared by Allstate Insurance using claims data from 2011 and 2012. It seems that Allstate used claims only from its own customers, and not those of other insurance companies, so it evidently cannot be said that this is a scientific study. All the same, it presents some interesting information that merits a closer look.

Washington, D.C., came in at the bottom of the list because residents there get into car accidents about once every 4.8 years. It was followed by Baltimore; Providence, Rhode Island; Hialeah and Glendale, California.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the safest cities on the list were much smaller. Fort Collins, Colorado, came in at No. 1. It was followed by Boise, Idaho; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Brownsville, Texas (near Corpus Christi); and Madison, Wisconsin.

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