Accidents happen, and they can happen anywhere. But anyone who has been on a road trip has probably encountered at least one city where the driving is downright scary – somewhere that accidents seem to be waiting to happen.
And unfortunately, it was probably in Florida.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene we’re proud to be Floridians, but we can’t argue with the numbers. Recently, Slate journalist Brian Palmer combed through a mountain of accident data to rank America’s worst drivers by city – and Florida cities lead the list.
Accident data is hard to compare nationwide because states are wildly inconsistent in what they report. To generate his list, Palmer drew on insurance industry reports as well as public safety figures and arrest data. He ended up ranking U.S. cities on four criteria:
By the glaring light of these four metrics, Florida doesn’t look too good. Tampa was ranked fourth-worst in the country, Hialeah came in third, and the No. 1 worst drivers in the nation reside, statistically, in Miami. The only two non-Florida cities in the top five were Philadelphia and Baltimore.
To many Floridians, this empirical evidence only comes as a confirmation of something we all know: Not everyone pays attention while they’re driving, and accidents can happen at any time. It’s important to remember, however, that by driving defensively and never using a cellphone (or consuming alcohol) behind the wheel you can drastically minimize your risk of accidents.
And if you drive defensively and still get in an accident, chances are it wasn’t your fault. When someone else causes an accident, they’re liable for your injuries and damages – and you can potentially collect compensation.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call Steinger, Iscoe & Greene for a free consultation today.