Arizona drivers experience a vehicle collision every 10 years on average, according to a study by Allstate Insurance Co., which found drivers in several major Valley cities have better-than-normal records for auto safety.
Phoenix ranked 71st among 200 large metro areas nationally in the frequency of collisions, based on Allstate claims data. But Phoenix ranked as the nation’s safest city among those with a population of at least 1 million people.
Similarly, Tucson ranked first nationally among cities with populations from 500,000 to 749,999, while Mesa was tops among cities with 250,000 to 499,999 residents. All nine Arizona cities in the report were ranked in the upper half nationally for driver safety, though seven of the nine slipped a few places from the 2012 report.
Drivers in Fort Collins, Colo., had the best record nationally. Drivers there have a collision every 13.9 years on average.
Washington, D.C., had the worst claims record for the sixth straight year. Baltimore, Philadelphia and Miami also ranked near the bottom.
Allstate has 10 percent of the nation’s auto policies.
Among other findings, the company said 70 percent of auto claims are the result of collisions in stop-and-go traffic under 35 miles an hour.