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Seattle drivers rank among the worst

SEATTLE — The neighbor from Texas who complains about Seattle drivers and their habits might finally have some facts to back up his assertions.

According to an annual study from insurance company Allstate, Seattle drivers rank 160th out of 200 cities in terms of the country’s “safest” drivers. Drivers from the Emerald City average a car crash every 7.8 years, a rate higher than the national average of one crash every 10 years.

The study defined an auto crash as any collision resulting in a property damage claim. For the third time in nine year’s Fort Collins, Colorado ranked as the top ten cities for safe driving, with drivers getting in a crash on an average of one every 13.9 years. Drivers from Washington D.C. are among the worse, and more than twice as likely as other drivers to get into a crash.

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6 comments

  • Jill

    First of all Allstate is, without dispute, the worst insurance company in existence. Nonetheless, the reason your neighbor encounters such bad drivers in Seattle is because – like him – most people in Seattle are not even from Seattle. Those from Seattle, like myself, know how to drive here and unfortunately find ourselves trying to maneuver around the people who want to live here and bitch about it. I've said this probably no less than 100 times…if you don't like our city/state/traffic/weather/insert whatever they bitch about here…then move or shut it. We are beyond tired of hearing about it.

  • alfred

    The problem with that stat is true seattle drivers are far an fue
    Its all asian, india's an mexicans an none have owned or driven a car before they got hear

  • James

    Funny. I know a lady born and raised in Washington over in Kitsap
    and she had 3 single vehicle accidents in one year. Even rolled on
    car on it's hood.Her parents are afraid for her life.

  • Guest

    I think Jill is absolutely correct. Seattle is overrun with people from other places. During the late 60's and early 70's "Rush Hour" was completely over by nine in the morning. Now Seattle is subjected to the never ending rush hour. We can't send everyone back to where they came from but it would sure be nice if more of them carpooled or took the bus. I've only been stuck in the perpetual rush hour a few times. I get of the freeway before it backs up to the stadiums and surface street my way into the city. I'm amazed that more people don't know how to get around I-5 traffic. I even found a relaxing hidden highway that takes you into the city from north or south but I ain't tellin'.