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Which Texas cities are among the safest and most dangerous for drivers?

If you travel regularly for work or make regular pilgrimages across the nation to visit family and friends, there's a good chance that you've formed some strong opinions as to the quality of the driving in certain locations, and that you won't hesitate to share them with anyone willing to listen.

While this certainly makes for a lively -- albeit unscientific -- debate, the question naturally arises as to whether certain U.S. cities are indeed safer or more dangerous for driving. Interestingly enough, the financial website NerdWallet recently released a report examining this very issue.

Specifically, NerdWallet researchers looked at 200 of the most populous cities in the U.S. to ascertain how safe and how risky they are for motorists, examining not just things like vehicle-related crimes, but also the rate of fatal motor vehicle accidents, the average number of years between car accidents, and the likelihood of being involved in an accident relative to other metro areas.

While a complete breakdown of the methodology employed by the researchers is beyond the scope of a single blog post, the report ranked the following five cities as safest for drivers:

  1. Cary, North Carolina
  2. Boise, Idaho
  3. Fort Collins, Colorado
  4. Naperville, Illinois
  5. Santa Clarita, California

On the other end of the spectrum, the top five cities found to be the most dangerous for drivers, included:

  1. Detroit, Michigan
  2. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  3. Baltimore, Maryland
  4. Springfield, Massachusetts
  5. San Bernardino, California

As for how we fared here in the Lone Star State, it proved to be something of a mixed bag. Indeed, three cities cracked the top 20 for safest, including Laredo (14), Frisco (15) and Brownsville (18), while two made the top 20 for most dangerous, including Dallas (9) and Houston (15).

This is certainly a fascinating report and, perhaps more than anything, underscores how we are never truly immune from the dangers posed by our fellow drivers.

In the event the unimaginable does happen and you are injured in a serious car accident, you should strongly consider speaking with an experienced legal professional to learn more about your rights and your options

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