Hard-braking events are not unusual; the average U.S. driver brakes hard some 19 times for every 1,000 miles they drive. This does not mean that hard braking is acceptable, though, as it’s usually a sign of aggressive driving. California residents should know that the rate of hard-braking events can say a lot about the rate of car collisions in a given city.
Allstate concluded in a recent study that there is indeed a correlation: The more that drivers brake hard, the more collisions there will be that result in a property damage claim. The auto insurer calculated the hard-braking rate and collision rate for the nation’s 200 most populated cities, and the study period was January 2016 to December 2017. The hard-braking data was gained through Allstate’s Drivewise telematics program.
In the most dangerous city of the 200 studied, which was Baltimore, Maryland, drivers engage in hard braking more than 30 times per 1,000 miles. At the same time, they experience a collision involving a property damage claim every four years, which is much worse than the national average of 10.57 years.
The least dangerous city in the study was Brownsville, Texas, where drivers tend to be in a collision only every 15 years. Unfortunately, the Allstate report did not give any hard-braking data for this city.
When hard braking, speeding, red light running or other signs of negligent or reckless driving lead to a crash, then those who were harmed may be able to seek compensation via a personal injury claim. In this state, even plaintiffs who were partially at fault have the chance to recover damages, but however much they recover will be proportioned to their fault. A lawyer may determine for victims whether they have a valid case and, if so, how much they might be able to strive for in a settlement.