Every year, Allstate ranks the biggest cities in order of traffic-accident likelihood, and this year Fort Collins, Colorado, last year’s #2, claimed the top spot, bumping (so to speak) Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Oklahoma City is sixty-eighth out of 193, though statistically, I find it more interesting that OKC is the closest to the national norm: we have, says Allstate, 0.2 percent fewer accidents than average. In its numero-uno spot, Fort Collins has 31.2 percent fewer accidents than average.
Tulsa placed 92nd, 4.8 percent above average in accident frequency. At rock bottom: the District of Columbia. Washington boasts (if that’s the word) 95.5 percent above average; next-to-last-place Baltimore isn’t all that close, at 79.4.
Allstate also reports on “years between accidents,” which is 14.5 in safe, secure Fort Collins and 5.1 in wild, woolly D.C. (Oklahoma City comes in at 10, Tulsa at nine and a half.)