Hard braking is a sign that one is not driving attentively or with others’ safety in mind. It can often be the result of aggressive driving tactics like tailgating. Drivers in Tennessee and across the U.S. are getting into accidents, too, as a consequence of aggressive behavior. There can be said to be a link, then, between hard-braking events and car collisions.
For its 2019 America’s Best Drivers Report, Allstate showed how clear the link can be by ranking the 200 largest U.S. cities by the rate of hard-braking events and collisions: that is, crashes that led to a property damage claim. Its collision data spanned from January 2016 to December 2017 while its hard-braking data came from the drivers who participated in Allstate’s Drivewise telematics program. The cities were ranked using U.S. Census Bureau data.
The worst city for both hard braking and collisions was Baltimore, Maryland. Drivers there were in more than 30 hard-braking events per 1,000 miles and, on average, saw a collision every four years. The safest city was Brownsville, Texas, where drivers experienced a collision every 15 years. The national average was like this: 19 hard-braking events per 1,000 miles and a collision every 10.57 years. Allstate did not have any hard-braking data on Brownsville available.
Aggressive driving or negligent behaviors like distracted and drowsy driving are behind all too many motor vehicle accidents. Fortunately for those who have been injured, there is the possibility that they can file a claim and be compensated for their medical expenses, pain and suffering and other losses. A lawyer may evaluate the case under Tennessee’s comparative negligence rule. If retained, he or she may bring in third parties like crash investigators to show just how the defendant was wrong. The lawyer may tackle all settlement negotiations after that.