Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of American teens and Allstate Insurance has identified the cities with the highest number of teen fatalities during the holidays. They could be considered teen driving hotspots – and the Top Three cities are all in Florida.
A report from Allstate Insurance Company looked at recent federal crash statistics and their insurance claims data to score metro areas. The time period observed was from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.
Tampa-Clearwater-St. Petersburg, Florida occupies the top spot and Jacksonville is second, followed by Orlando-Kissimmee; Kansas City, Missouri; and Birmingham, Alabama.
The study is part of a Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign that urges parents to speak to their children about smart driving during the holidays. Especially important – Remind your teen that fatal car accidents are the number one killer of teens.
During the past eight years during the holiday season, teen drivers nationwide have been part of more than 5,000 fatal auto crashes.
There is also something called Allstate’s Parent-Teen Driving Contract that Allstate provides laying out the expectations for teen drivers to stay safe and make wise decisions as a driver AND the consequences he/her will face if they do not abide by the contract.
Here is the list of the Top Ten Deadliest for Teen Driver Cities:
1. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
2. Jacksonville, FL
3. Orlando-Kissimmee, FL
4. Kansas City, MO-KS
5. Birmingham-Hoover, AL
6. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
7. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV
8. Oklahoma City, OK
9. Louisville, KY-IN
10. Richmond, VA
On the other side of the coin – Allstate ranked ten cities that were the safest for fatal teen crashes during the same time period. During the holidays during the past eight years, Salt Lake City, Utah has had four fatal crashes involving teens.
1. Salt Lake City, UT
2. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
3. Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH
4. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA
5. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
6. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
7. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
8. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
9. Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI
10. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA
Teens may not realize that besides death – property damage may be the least of their problems. Serious bodily injury can be sustained not only from the initial contact with the other vehicle, but from the secondary impact within your own vehicle. Being in a car accident can be a frightening experience with drastic consequences, which is why it is wise to contact an experienced car accident lawyer who can help you.
Make sure your teen driving contract contains a plan for smart driving decisions and consequences if insurance expectations are not met. You and your teen should know what steps to take in order to protect his or her rights if they are ever in an accident.
At Farah and Farah, we have seen firsthand the devastating sky-high medical bills, lost wages and crippling injuries an car accident can cause. Call us at 1-800-533-3555 to speak to one of our skilled auto accident attorneys in Jacksonville and we will answer any questions you may have.