Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) September 07, 2012
Allstate’s 8th annual “America’s Best Drivers Report” shines a dingy light on the frequency of accidents in Philadelphia. The report ranks the city as one of the worst in the nation – number six overall – for drivers likely to get into an accident. Philadelphia motorists reportedly average one accident every 6.1 years, which is much higher than the national average of one crash every 10 years. That data means anyone taking to the roads in the city of brotherly love is 64.1 percent more likely to have a reportable accident than the average driver in other parts of the country. Richard P. Console Jr. a Philadelphia auto accident attorney for nearly 20 years, sees the often violent outcomes of car wrecks in the city almost every day.
“Driver distraction and other types of human error is still the leading cause of car accidents,” said Console. “Philadelphia is no exception, and it seems more prevalent here than other parts of the country. Distracted drivers don’t react to sudden changes in driving conditions, backed up traffic, and/or stopped vehicles. That can lead to pretty damaging collisions and significant injuries.”
The most recent data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has Philadelphia leading all cities and counties in the state when it comes to traffic-related fatalities. In 2010, there were 84 fatal crashes on roadways in Philadelphia and 8,535 accidents resulting in injuries. All State’s report used accident data collected from January 2009 through December 2010.
Improving driver safety is an integral component to lowering the number of accident-related deaths and injuries in Philadelphia and other parts of the country. Even though deaths on U.S. roads are at their lowest since 1949, there is still an average of 32,000 people killed each year in auto collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Console, and other Bucks County car accident lawyers at his firm, takes the time to give every client a few important safety strategies to reduce the chances of a serious accident.
“Obeying traffic signs and staying alert behind the wheel are two of the biggest things we tell clients and people who’ve been in accidents,” said Console. “You’d be surprised how many people ignore their turn signals or don’t come to complete stops at intersections and fail to notice oncoming traffic. Drivers have to pay attention to the road to be able to prevent a crash. If you can’t see what’s going on, you’re a danger to yourself and every other driver.”
Even though Philadelphia drivers scored poorly in this newest report, they weren’t the worst in the nation. Washington, D.C. is the country’s worst city for when it comes to traffic accidents, according to All State’s report. Drivers there averaged one accident every 4.7 years.
Since 1994, the attorneys at Console & Hollawell, P.C. have fought aggressively to obtain compensation for auto accident victims across Pennsylvania. They’ve secured tens of millions of dollars for clients while also earning awards as leaders in their field from such publications as SJ Magazine and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.