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Report ranks 10 cities with high car crash numbers

Washington residents may want to know about a report that looked back on car crash numbers in 2019 and determined which cities were "hotspots" for these accidents. A San Francisco-based nonprofit called Go Safe Labs conducted the analysis and came up with a top 10 list of cities with the most accidents as well as a list of the 10 most accident-prone regions.

According to the study, there were 953,630 auto accidents in all in 2019: a 6.8% increase from the previous year. In the list of cities, Houston came first with 22,188 accidents occurring there. Second on the list was Charlotte, North Carolina, with 21,818 followed by Los Angeles with 19,660. Then came two other cities in Texas: Austin with 16,635 accidents and Dallas with 14,685. The remaining cities on the list are Raleigh, Oklahoma City, Baton Rouge, Nashville and Phoenix.

Interestingly enough, four of the cities actually saw fewer crashes in 2019 than in 2018: Houston, Charlotte, Raleigh and Nashville. Raleigh experienced the biggest drop at 25.5%. As for the most accident-prone regions, they, interestingly, were not found in any of the 10 cities mentioned above.

The worst region was the Pelham Road Exit on Interstate 85 in Greenville, South Carolina, with 404 accidents arising there in 2019. Greenville had two other regions that made the top 10 list.

Most auto accidents are the result of negligence: speeding, tailgating, drowsy driving, drunk driving, etc. Those who suffer an injury through little or no fault of their own can file a claim. In fact, Washington follows a pure comparative negligence rule, which means one can file a claim even if one is 99% at fault. Obviously, the chances of recovering damages are lower in such cases. Whatever the situation, though, victims may want a lawyer to evaluate their case.

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