Chicago ranks as one of the least safe driving cities in America, a new report from Northbrook, Ill.-based Allstate Insurance Co. finds.
Allstate’s sixth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report" placed Chicago 167 among America's 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency according to Allstate data. To compile the report, internal property damage reported claims were analyzed over a two-year period (from January 2007 to December 2008) to ensure the findings would not be impacted by external influences such as weather or road construction.
According to the report, the average driver in Chicago will experience an auto collision every 7.6 years. That's an improvement of .3 years since last year's report was issued. By comparison, the average driver in the safest city, Fort Collins, Colo., will experience an auto collision every 14.5 years, which is 31.2% less likely than the national average.
"We don't want drivers in Chicago to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Chicago to make positive changes to their driving habits that will in turn make the city a safer place to live, work and raise families," Kevin Carney, territory sales leader for Allstate's Chicago Territory, said in a statement. "Human error is the biggest cause of accidents. It is vital for us to educate drivers across the country on the importance of being tolerant and attentive behind the wheel."
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