Allstate says more hard-braking events mean more collisions

Ohio residents may become aggressive on the road from time to time, following too closely to one vehicle or cutting in front of another in a traffic jam. In situations like this, it’s not unusual for drivers to apply the brakes suddenly and harshly to avoid a collision. Sometimes, of course, hard braking cannot prevent a collision.

In a recent study, Allstate found that there was a correlation between the frequency of hard-braking events and the frequency of car collisions that result in property damage claims. For its study, the auto insurer focused on the 200 most populous cities in the U.S. Hard-braking data came from the performance of those drivers enrolled in Allstate’s Drivewise telematics program from 2016 to 2017.

Nationwide, the average driver will be in a collision involving a property damage claim every 10.57 years. The average driver will also brake hard an average of 19 times per 1,000 miles traveled. In Baltimore, Maryland, which is the least safe city, drivers are in a collision approximately every four years and brake hard over 30 times per 1,000 miles. In Brownsville, Texas, the safest city, drivers only crash every 15 years on average.

Whether hard braking is involved or not, negligent and reckless actions are the basis for many personal injury cases. Drivers who are injured by another driver may be wondering if they can seek compensation, and their questions may never be answered satisfactorily until they see a lawyer. In Ohio, plaintiffs may be able to recover damages as long as they are deemed 50% or less at fault. If the case holds up to this rule, the victim’s lawyer may start to bolster the case with the necessary evidence.