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Study: D.C. drivers are worst in the country

Wednesday - 8/29/2012, 7:05am  ET

Neal Augenstein, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Rankings from an insurance company seem to confirm what you may have suspected: Drivers in D.C. are the worst in the country.

Allstate says drivers in D.C. get into a crash and file a claim once every 4.7 years, making them 112 percent more likely to do so than a typical driver elsewhere in the country.

Allstate says the average driver nationally gets in a wreck once a decade.

Baltimore is second on the national list. Alexandria and Arlington in Virginia also make the list of 25 cities having the worst drivers, published by Forbes.

The city with the safest drivers is Sioux Falls, S.D. In larger Metro areas, Forbes reports the safest cities include Tucson, Ariz., Milwaukee, Wis. and Kansas City, Mo.

See the full list of worst-driving cities below, courtesy of Forbes, and click here for a link to the full Allstate "Best Drivers" report.

  1. Washington, DC: 112.1% greater-than-average accident frequency
  2. Baltimore, MD: 87.9%
  3. Providence, RI: 80.9%
  4. Hialeah, FL: 77.6%
  5. Glendale, CA: 77.5%
  6. Philadelphia, PA: 64.1%
  7. Alexandria, VA: 62.6%
  8. Newark, NJ: 59.4%
  9. Miami, FL: 58.4%
  10. San Francisco, CA: 54.6%
  11. Jersey City, NJ: 53.9%
  12. Arlington, VA: 53.0%
  13. Tampa, FL: 50.2%
  14. Los Angeles, CA: 48.5%
  15. Paterson, NJ: 46.9%
  16. Fullerton, CA: 42.7%
  17. Garland, TX: 41.6%
  18. Elizabeth, NJ: 41.5%
  19. Bridgeport, CT: 41.2%
  20. New York, NY: 41.1%
  21. New Haven, CT: 37.5%
  22. Torrance, CA: 36.7%
  23. Norfolk, VA: 36.3%
  24. Yonkers, NY: 36.2%
  25. Arlington TX: 35.4%

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