It is interesting to note that Atlantans are 40 percent more likely to get in an accident than the national average. Sadly, I can confirm that huge discrepancy every day on our roads.
So, we get into a lot of crashes, we get into an inordinate amount fatal crashes and there is a better than average chance that our car will be broken into or stolen. Aside from the obvious ramifications, how does this impact us?
In our wallets.
Because of our collective, poor automotive statistics, Atlanta residents pay and average of $321 more per year in car insurance than the safest driving city in America: Cary, North Carolina. Our average tab for auto insurance is $1,050 a year. Once again, that number could be a whole lot worse though. Detroit drivers pay a whopping $5,409 a year for auto insurance.
Overall the study found that larger cities tend to be more dangerous for drivers (obviously) and that cities in the south and east tend to be more dangerous. Thirteen of the 20 most dangerous driving cities are either in the south or on the east coast.
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