Frequency of hard braking may be linked with collision rate

by | Jul 30, 2020 | personal injury

The number of times that a Louisiana driver brakes hard may be connected to the frequency with which that driver gets in an accident. This is the correlation that Allstate explored in its 2019 America’s Best Drivers Report, which ranks the 200 most populous U.S. cities by hard-braking rate and collision rate.

The auto insurer focused on accidents leading to property damage claims; its study period was January 2016 to December 2017. Using the performance of those drivers who enrolled during those years in Allstate’s Drivewise telematics program, it was able to obtain hard-braking data.

What Braking Data Shows

First off, Brownsville, Texas, came out on top as the safest city in that period. Drivers there average a collision only once every 15 years whereas the national average is 10.57 years. However, Allstate could not provide any hard-braking data for Brownsville.

Turning to the least safe city, Baltimore, one can see the correlation. Drivers would crash every four years in Maryland’s capital, and for every 1,000 miles they traveled, they would have more than 30 hard-braking events. It should be remembered that hard braking is often a sign of unsafe driving. Those who follow too closely to another vehicle, for instance, or engage in some other form of aggressive driving are more likely to brake hard.

Those who were hurt at the hands of an aggressive or negligent driver may be reimbursed for their losses. It all comes down to whether they can pursue a successful personal injury case or not. To find out, victims may consult with a lawyer. During the case evaluation, the lawyer may apply the state’s comparative fault rule to the situation. If the case seems strong, the lawyer may have third parties gather the evidence and then proceed to negotiations for a reasonable settlement.