AAA calls it: DC, Maryland drivers have the most accidents
Virginians know that Maryland drivers are the worst, and Marylanders blame Virginia and DC drivers for the cityês many fender-benders and worse. DC drivers blame everybody, since thatês who drives on the cityês roads. So whoês right?
A new report from American Automobile Association/Mid-Atlantic says drivers from the District and Maryland have the most accidents in the city. Of the nearly 30,000 traffic crashes that took place in the city in 2012, District drivers were involved in 37 percent, according to Howard Universityês Transportation Safety Data Center. Maryland drivers came in second, at 33 percent, and Virginia drivers trailed, at 14 percent.
With an average of 82 crashes per day and a litigious lawyer virtually on every street corner, auto insurance premiums can be very expensive, an average of $1,800 per year in the city, and the highest in the entire region, said John Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlanticês manager of public and government affairs. The estimated economic and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the city was just shy of $1 billion in 2010 or $1,659 per capita.
Male drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash than women, by a margin of two to one. Men were involved in 65 percent of traffic accidents in 2012.Download Bulletin PDF