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Three Los Angeles-Area Cities Found to Have Highest Car Accident Rates

Three Los Angeles-Area Cities Found to Have Highest Car Accident Rates

Nov 18, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, public transportation use is at an all-time low. Accordingly, car accidents have increased, many of which are due to reckless driving which frequently results in catastrophic injuries and even death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a report indicating that the rate of fatal crashes between the first and second quarter of 2020 grew from 1.10 to 1.42 deaths per million vehicle miles traveled.

In 2020, drivers are more susceptible to traffic collisions than in years past. Dangerous driving behavior has become more common in the pandemic-era, with some cities being directly impacted. Insurify, a national carrier, recently conducted a study using a database of over 2.5 million car insurance applications. They identified the top 20 U.S. cities with the highest rates of car accidents, and three cities within 100 miles of Los Angeles – Simi Valley, Carlsbad, and Sherman Oaks – made the list.

Additionally, the study found that across all U.S. cities, 12.4% of motorists have an at-fault accident on their record. However, what’s perhaps most alarming about the study is the finding that those 20 cities with the most car accidents actually have 40% more accident-prone drivers than the national average. As this study directly affects Californians, let’s take a look at which cities made the list:

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The Top 20 U.S. Cities With the Most Car Accidents

20. Murfreesboro, Tennessee

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 17.32%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020: +25%

19. Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 17.38%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020: +29%

18. Spartanburg, South Carolina

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 17.42%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020 (Spartanburg County): +24%

17. Buffalo, New York

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 17.48%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020: +3%

16. Summerville, South Carolina

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 17.50%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020 (Dorchester County): +21%

15. Bowie, Maryland

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 17.59%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020 (George’s County): +24%

14. Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 17.73%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020: +2%

13. Greer, South Carolina

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 17.83%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020 (Greenville County): +26%

12. Charleston, South Carolina

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 18.06%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020: +10%

11. South Jordan, Utah

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 18.12%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020 (Salt Lake County): +1%

10. Goose Creek, South Carolina

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 18.14%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020 (Berkeley County): +17%

9. Simi Valley, California

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 18.17%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020 (Ventura County): +1%

8. Carlsbad, California

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 18.27%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020 (San Diego County): -6%

7. Brockton, Massachusetts

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 18.61%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020 (Plymouth County): +20%

6. Sherman Oaks, California

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 18.68%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020 (Los Angeles County): +3%

5. Rock Hill, South Carolina

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 18.70%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020 (York County): +38%

4. Greenwood, Indiana

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 18.74%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020: +45%

3. Manchester, New Hampshire

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 19.21%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020: +31%

2. Warwick, Rhode Island

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 19.43%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020: +25%

1. Johns Island, South Carolina

  • Percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accident: 21.6%
  • Driving levels compared to January 2020 (Charleston County): +36%

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