Drivers in Washington D.C. are most likely to get into ... Drivers in Washington D.C. are most likely to get into an accident (crizzirc, Flickr).
Apparently, nothing good at all is happening in Washington, D.C. these days. Residents can't even escape the political hot air by taking a leisurely weekend drive anymore without worrying about dire consequences. Not only is there legislative and policy gridlock, but the frequent traffic gridlock getting in and out of the nation's capital makes it the most dangerous city in the country in which to drive.

Insurance giant Allstate released its seventh annual America's Safest Drivers Report, which ranks the 200 largest cities for car collision frequency. And Washington ranked dead last. It was the third year in a row for D.C.'s dubious honor, perhaps giving Republicans more campaign fodder to hit President Obama with--that he has encouraged more reckless driving around the capital.

The safest place to drive, far away from the din of the presidential campaign that is in full swing? Fort Collins, Colorado bested all other states for the second year in a row. The average driver there will have an auto collision every 14 years--a figure that makes an accident 28.6 percent less likely than the national average of an accident every 10 years.

Drivers around the Beltway this past weekend's Labor Day holiday, one the busiest driving weekends of the year, were 107.3-percent more likely to have an accident compared to the national average. Drivers there get into an accident once every 4.8 years. Nearby Baltimore, Maryland will land you 88.7 percent more likely to get in a wreck with an accident happening every 5.3 years.

Additional cities ranked near the the bottom included 182nd-ranked Los Angeles, California, where you're likely to get in an accident every 6.6 years, and 190th-ranked Newark, New Jersey where you'll find yourself in a collision every 5.9 years.

Amazingly in 171st-ranked New York city--with its legion of daredevil cab drivers and frequent two-lane tunnel driving--motorists are expected to get in an accident every 7.3 years, just 37.6 percent higher than the national average.

Nationally, auto crashes have declined over the last few years, but crash fatalities are still over 32,000 annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Bloomberg reports that 27.3 million people were to have driven to or from a getaway destination by car on Labor Day Weekend, up from 27.2 million last year. The number of Americans traveling 50 miles or more were expected to fall 2.4%.

Europe, like the U.S., has trouble with accident rates during the summer when families are traveling. Some of the causes of accidents might surprise you, such as poorly packed cars and unrestrained pets causing a driver to be distracted. Check this out.

Automobile travel will account for 87 last year. With airfares up, more people are driving places. But, since gas remains pricey, many families are choosing closer destinations. Insurance and traffic safety analysts believe that increased driving in concentrated areas is adding to traffic congestion, and therefore more accidents.

You may think drivers in your city are the most clueless, but how did your hometown really fare in the rankings? Click here for the whole list.

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      Luis Harmon
      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      Now they are blaming for the president for THAT TOO ! OMG
        lacey
        • 3 Years Ago
        and I bet he had YOUR vote......how's that "hope and Change" workin out for ya, Nancy Fancy Pants?
          prawn259
          • 3 Years Ago
          @lacey
          Actually it's working out for me and everyone I know one hell of a lot better than it was with the last Administration. How's it working out for you, are you in jail yet for stealing from the government like so many other Republicans seem to wind up, or do you spend your days cruising the mens' room at the bus station?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Come on......... We all know it is Bush's Fault like everything else! At least that is what the left wing would have you believe..............
        prawn259
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's really kind of hard to sort it all out, because so many of the problems in the world and this country ARE Bush's fault. Perhaps that's why everyone just assumes that if they blame Bush, there's about 90% chance that they're right.
      harolddundee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another BS list that means nothing at all.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not blame Obama? He is blamed for every other problem we are having. He must be very powerful Perhaps it is time to recognize that one man cannot cause all this unless he is God, and Obamais not God, but he is a decent citizen of the United Staes of Ameirca. He did not bring all the greed into our Country that has caused this big mess we are in. I think there is plenty of blame to go around to the Republicans and Democrats, the Tea Partiers and the Independents. I agree with Sandy. Your headlines are often hateful, wrong and onoly cause unneccesary hatred.
        lacey
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's because everything Obama touches turns to sh*t. He is not a "decent citizen"...because he would have to BE a citizen....unless you are referring to Kenya...then YES he IS a "decent citizen." And I agree, he didn't bring greed into this country only because he is too busy wrecking the country.
      Buckingham's
      • 3 Years Ago
      Washington D.C. (Disaster Capitol)
        snorinlorin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Buckingham's
        I was leaning toward Dolt City but Disaster Capitol works
      • 3 Years Ago
      I grew up in the D.C. area and went to High School there in the late 60's and early 70's. It's been a nightmare ever since I got my driver's permit, but started getting worse (rapidly) around the early 1980's. If you want to target Obama, you'll a different subject. D.C is just very badly laid out for traffic.
      Bill
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have no doubt the article is true. Just driving thru the area on I95 is crazy. This summer we drove to Tennessee and using I495W and I66W at 9:00 at night in the DC area was still crowded with speeders on a road with many curves and no rest stops. There should be routes that by-pass the area entirely for thru traffic not just loop around.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is possibly the lowest.. blaming the president for bad driving... what is next blaming him for global warming "climate change" maybe cancer or even better birth defects. Stupid.. stupid.. stupid!!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      YEAH THERE ARE WAYYYYYYYYYY TOO MANY OUT OF TOWN YUPPIES THAT MOVED INTO MY CITY, GET THE HELL OUT AND GO BACK HOME.
      Keith
      • 3 Years Ago
      I moved to DC for just a year in the early 80's and even back driving there was crazy. I lived with a friends parents in a huge 6 bedroom penthouse apartment on Connecticut Av..These folks were loaded and they didn't even own cars. They used goverment owned Lincoln Towncars with their own drivers on call or they used taxis for quick local trips. All on the taxpayers dime.
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