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Portland Crashes Allstate’s List of 25 Worst U.S. Cities for Car Accidents

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Portland is one of the worst cities in America in terms of safe drivers, ranking 177 out of 200 urban centers when it comes to car accidents, based on population, city density, rain and snow, and overall conditions, according to national insurer Allstate.

The 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report” examined the top 200 American metropolises to determine each city’s frequency of auto collision. Portland drivers on average are involved in a collision every 7.3 years, in contrast with the safest city – Fort Collins, Colo. – where drivers are involved in a collision every 14.2 years on average.

Allstate on the Record

"A big part of our job at Allstate is to help our customers prevent bad things from happening," said Mike Roche, the insurer's executive vice president of claims. "With that in mind, our actuaries reviewed millions of records to develop this year's report, which presents new data to equip them with better driving-awareness tools."

"Allstate is showing drivers that factors like population, a city's density and precipitation may contribute to their driving safety to reveal important lessons on the road," added Roche. 

Last year, Portland was No. 154 on the list, slipping 23 spots in the rankings in 2014. Meanwhile, Eugene took the No. 23 best ranking in the country; Salem, No. 102.

North of the border, Seattle slid in just ahead of Portland at No. 173.  Vancouver landed at No. 94, Spokane, No. 71.

Brownsville, Texas; Boise, Idaho; Kansas City, Kansas; and Huntsville, Alabama rounded out the top five safest cities.


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