Hard-braking events and collisions are correlated says Allstate

| Jul 14, 2020 | Personal Injury

Many Pennsylvania drivers will no doubt have to brake hard on occasion. Someone may have cut in front of them without warning, or perhaps they have acted aggressively by tailgating. Whatever the situation, hard braking is a sign of unsafe driving, so it’s no wonder that there can be a correlation between the rate of hard-braking events and the rate of car collisions.

Allstate has explored this correlation in its recent study of car collisions between January 2016 and December 2017. It focused on collisions that resulted in a property damage claim. The auto insurer than brought together hard-braking data from the customers who enrolled in its Drivewise telematics program during the 2016-2017 period.

Taking the 200 most populous cities in the U.S., Allstate then ranked them for safety. The least safe city, it turns out, is Baltimore, Maryland, with drivers getting in a collision about every four years and braking hard over 30 times per 1,000 miles traveled. Compare this with the nationwide averages: collisions every 10.57 years and 19 hard-braking events per 1,000 miles.

Clearly, the more hard-braking events there are, the more collision there will usually be as well. The safest city was Brownsville, Texas, with drivers not seeing an accident but for every 15 years. Hard-braking data was not available for Brownsville, though.

In the event that road users are injured at the hands of an aggressive or negligent driver, they may consider pursuing a personal injury case. With Pennsylvania being a no-fault state, most accident victims can have their losses covered by their own insurance company, but others may have suffered severe injuries and more extensive losses. To see what their options are, victims may speak with a lawyer who deals in traffic accidents. They may have the lawyer strive for a fair settlement.

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