Rankings released this summer by an online insurance comparison company have good news and bad news for Salt Lake City drivers. The good news: We’re not the worst in the country. The bad news: That’s only because Sacramento, California, scored even worse than we did.
The analysis, undertaken by QuoteWizard, looked at 2 million data points from 2016 and targeted the seventy-five largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States. The focus was restricted to a short list of recorded incidents (accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, and moving violations), so it wasn’t comprehensive, but that information is a lot to work with.
Salt Lake raced—literally—to its ranking primarily because of the high number of speeding tickets (we rack them up at the second highest pace in the nation) and other traffic citations (we’re merely fifth). Our low DUI rates and middle-of-the-pack crash statistics weren’t enough to offset those poor showings.
Salt Lake City’s high ranking was a surprise to many, but so was the best city on this list: Detroit. The motor city is known for its sky-high insurance rates, and for the past several years it’s been by far the most dangerous city for pedestrians. But it had the lowest accident rate of the cities that were examined, along with the second lowest rate of speeding tickets.
A study like this can tell us some interesting things, but it’s not the whole picture, and other studies have come to very different conclusions. It all depends on what questions are being asked and what numbers are being used to answer them.
A study by another insurance service in 2016 declared Utah to be the best state for drivers, partly because of a low number of uninsured drivers, good road and bridge maintenance, and generally low insurance costs.
Federal data found that the role of alcohol in fatal crashes here is much lower than the country overall. Recent government statistics also show that Utah’s traffic fatalities, across the total population and per mile traveled, are better than the nationwide average.
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that a 2016 ranking of states by the same company that found Salt Lake to be the second worst city (using similar data) also found that Utah topped the list for worst drivers.
At Craig Swapp & Associates, we understand that talk about best and worst doesn’t matter when you become the victim of a crash. Utah’s low rate of DUIs means nothing when you’re hurt by a drunk driver. The only thing on your mind is how to get your life back on track.
Our experience with automobile accident law has helped us successfully recover damages for clients to pay for new cars, reimburse immediate and ongoing medical expenses, make up for lost wages and income, and address other costs related to their accidents.
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