Analysis: Baton Rouge, Savannah, Dallas, most dangerous cities for drivers

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2017, car accident-related events were responsible for 37,133 fatalities. Adjusted for population, that’s 11.4 driving fatalities for every 100,000 people in the U.S. in the 183 most populous cities evaluate.

Seven of the top 10 most dangerous cities to drive are in the South– in Louisiana, Georgia and Texas.

The lowest number of car-related fatalities occurred in Cary, N.C. (.06), the highest in Charleston, S.C. (27.9).

To identify the most dangerous cities for drivers, researchers at CarInsuranceCompanies.com used data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System, Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers Report, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reporting Program, and the National Centers for Environmental Information Comparative Climatic Data. They created a composite score for each of the largest U.S. cities based on the motor vehicle fatality rate (50%), relative collision likelihood (30%), motor vehicle theft rate (10%), and annual days with precipitation (10%).

Across the U.S., the average driver was in a car accident once every 10.6 years.

The most occurred (14.9) in Brownsville, Texas; the lowest of 4.2 in Baltimore.

According to data from the FBI, there were over 770,000 reported motor vehicle thefts in 2017, or 237 per 100,000 people. The car theft rate ranges from 31.6 in Naperville, Illinois, to over 1,375 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

According to the analysis, the most dangerous city for drivers are in the South:

1. Baton Rouge, LA

  • Motor vehicle fatalities: 23.1 per 100k people (52 per year)
  • Relative collision likelihood: 55.1% above average
  • Motor vehicle thefts: 440 per 100k people (991 per year)
  • Annual days with precipitation: 113
  • Population: 225,370

2. Savannah, GA

  • Motor vehicle fatalities: 15.7 per 100k people (23 per year)
  • Relative collision likelihood: 37.8% above average
  • Motor vehicle thefts: 642 per 100k people (940 per year)
  • Annual days with precipitation: 110
  • Population: 146,449

3. Dallas, TX

  • Motor vehicle fatalities: 14.5 per 100k people (194 per year)
  • Relative collision likelihood: 46.5% above average
  • Motor vehicle thefts: 590 per 100k people (7,913 per year)
  • Annual days with precipitation: 79
  • Population: 1,341,103

6. Atlanta, GA

  • Motor vehicle fatalities: 11.3 per 100k people (55 per year)
  • Relative collision likelihood: 49.4% above average
  • Motor vehicle thefts: 678 per 100k people (3,297 per year)
  • Annual days with precipitation: 115
  • Population: 486,299

7. New Orleans, LA

  • Motor vehicle fatalities: 11.2 per 100k people (44 per year)
  • Relative collision likelihood: 49.1% above average
  • Motor vehicle thefts: 644 per 100k people (2,531 per year)
  • Annual days with precipitation: 114
  • Population: 393,292
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