Once again, drivers in Connecticut rank among the most dangerous in the country. A study by NerdWallet shows that New Haven is the 8th most dangerous city in the U.S. for driving and owning a car.
What does this mean for you? Read more to learn the risk factors and what you can do to protect yourself.
The study covers approximately 200 U.S. cities and considers the following factors:
- The number of car accidents
- The number of car accident deaths
- The average years a person has between car accidents
- The likelihood of having an accident relative to the U.S. average
- Auto insurance rates
- Auto theft
New Haven’s scores include an average of 6.3 years between car accidents, 8.4 fatalities per 100,000 people and an average insurance cost of $1,829. The city also ranks as “least safe” in the survey’s analysis of auto theft crimes.
As a driver in Connecticut, you may well be concerned about your safety. No one can control the behaviors of other drivers. You can, however, take precautions to protect yourself and your family in the car. In a dangerous driving environment, it is even more important that you ensure you are following the rules of the road. Consider these points:
- When driving in a city that is dangerous for motorists, be aware that there may be more aggressive drivers, drunk drivers and distracted drivers. Watch for cars swerving into other lanes, speeding or stopping suddenly.
- Keep your eyes and mind on the road. Don’t let the phone, radio or other things take your attention away from driving.
- Carefully watch for changing traffic conditions and drivers who do not heed traffic signals or signs.
- Make sure you always wear your seat belt and that children are in appropriate car or booster seats.
- Anti-theft devices may hinder thieves from targeting your vehicle. And never leave your car unlocked, no matter how quick the errand you’re running.
If you are injured or lose a family member in a car accident, you will need help to work through the emotional, legal and financial aspects of the accident. Speak with a lawyer to learn how to move forward in this situation.