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September 20, 2019

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Report: Las Vegas drivers more prone to accidents


Richard Brian / Sun file photo

Motorists navigate rush hour traffic on Interstate 15 near the Strip.

Las Vegas still has some of the worst drivers in the nation, according to an insurance company’s annual report released today.

Las Vegas took the No. 144 spot on Allstate Insurance Company’s annual America’s Best Drivers Report, which ranked the 200 largest cities in the country based on the frequency of vehicle collisions.

Southern Nevada’s other cities fared slightly better, with North Las Vegas in the No. 126 spot and Henderson ranking 96th. Reno, on the other hand, is recognized for having some of the best drivers in the country, taking seventh place on the list.

The report says drivers in Las Vegas are 21 percent more likely to have a collision than the national average, and each driver in the city averages one accident every 8.3 years.

That is a small improvement from last year, when Las Vegas was No. 153 on the list, with drivers 28.7 percent more likely to have a collision than the average driver nationwide that year.

North Las Vegas drivers are 15.6 percent more likely to have a collision than the national rate and average an accident every 8.7 years, the report says. Drivers in Henderson are 5.1 percent more likely to have a collision and average an accident every 9.5 years.

This is the sixth year Allstate has analyzed company claims data to create the report, which defines an auto crash as any collision resulting in a property damage claim. The report is based only on data from the company’s customers, which represent about 11 percent of all U.S. auto policies.

The report didn’t speculate on why some cities have more collisions than others.

The safest city for drivers this year was Fort Collins, Colo., followed by Chattanooga, Tenn., Boise, Idaho, and Colorado Springs, Colo.

The worst cities for drivers were Hartford, Conn., Newark, N.J., Glendale, Calif., Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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