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Driving in the East Coast? Watch out for car crashes.

A new study looks into driving practices throughout the country. Researchers looked at fatal accident rates, the likelihood of an accident, auto larceny and theft rats as well as the average cost of annual car insurance rates.

The gist? East Coasters are in one of the most dangerous areas for drivers.

What did the researchers discover?

The study, conducted by NerdWallet, looked into a variety of factors to make its determination. Data was analyzed from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the United States Census Bureau. After analyzing this data, researchers with the study found two main points:

  • Big cities are more dangerous. Not surprisingly, the bigger the city the greater the danger for drivers. The average population of cities found to provide the safest environment for drivers was 208,944. In contrast, the more dangerous cities averaged a population of 488,710.
  • The East Coast and the South pose higher risks. The study found that the majority of dangerous cities were located either in the South or on the East Coast. 13 of the 20 most dangerous cities were located in one of these areas.

Some cities in the area that topped the list of the 20 most dangerous cities for drivers in the United States include: Baltimore, MD at number 3, New Haven, CT at number 8, Worcester, MA at number 10, Washington D.C. at number 12 and Boston at number 16.

How can we reduce the risk of accidents?

There are proactive measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of a crash. One of the biggest steps we can take is to put down our smartphones. Using apps on a smartphone or texting while driving isn't just dangerous, it's also illegal.

Unfortunately, even when we take these steps accidents can happen. When that accident is the result of another driver's reckless or careless actions compensation to help cover the costs associated with the crash may be available through a civil suit. 

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