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Most Dangerous Cities for Driving

Is your town on the list?

Q: Which city is the most dangerous for drivers?

A: When shopping for a car insurance quote, nearly 37 percent of Baltimore motorists — more than one in three — report a prior auto-insurance claim, according to the website Insurance.com.

See also: The AARP Driver Safety Program

Maybe people in Baltimore are the most honest, but their burg tops all U.S. cities in self-reported claims, including those for accidents, vandalism and theft.

Drivers in Yuma, Ariz., have the lowest rate of reporting prior claims: 17.2 percent.

Most Dangerous Cities
for Drivers

Drivers Reporting
a Prior Claim

1. Baltimore
36.5%
2. Johnstown, Pa.
34.5%
3. Portland, Maine
33.4%
4. Des Moines, Iowa
33.2%
5. Erie, Pa.
33.1%
6. Bangor, Maine
32.9%
7. Birmingham, Ala.
32.4%
8. Austin, Texas
32.3%
9. Manchester, N.H.
32.2%
10. Lincoln, Neb.
31.8%
11. Hagerstown, Md. 31.6%
12. Rapid City, S.D. 31.3%
13. Richmond, Va. 31.1%
14. Peoria, Ill. 30.8%
15. Burlington, Vt. 30.7%
16. Madison, Wis. 30.6%
17. Pittsburgh 30.6%
18. Sioux Falls, S.D. 30.6%
19. Columbus, Ohio 30.6%
20. Omaha, Neb. 30.6%

Source: Insurance.com

Next: The 20 safest cities for drivers. >>

Safest Cities
for Drivers

Drivers Reporting
a Prior Claim

1. Yuma, Ariz. 17.2%
2. Flint, Mich. 18.2%
3. Traverse City, Mich.
18.9%
4. Detroit
18.9%
5. Grand Rapids, Mich. 20.7%
6. Harlingen, Texas 20.7%
7. Albany, Ga. 20.8%
8. Lansing, Mich. 21.3%
9. Bakersfield, Calif. 21.6%
10. Fresno, Calif. 21.8%
11. Lexington, Ky. 22.0%
12. Missoula, Mont. 22.4%
13. Jackson, Miss. 22.5%
14. Las Vegas 22.6%
15. Sherman, Texas 22.8%
16. Corpus Christi, Texas 22.9%
17. Palm Springs, Calif. 23.1%
18. Fort Myers, Fla. 23.3%
19. Jonesboro, Ark. 23.4%
20. Marquette, Mich. 23.5%

Source: Insurance.com

Note: The study did not include Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts or New York, since Insurance.com presently does not offer comparison quotes for those states.

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Sid Kirchheimer writes about health and consumer issues. Check out the Ask Sid archive. If you don’t find your answer there, send a query.

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