Phoenix named one of the 10 least safe cities to drive

Above: Rush hour traffic on Interstate 10 in downtown Phoenix. The I-10 and Interstate 17 corridor from north Phoenix to the southeast Valleyi carries 40 percent of the daily freeway traffic in the Valley. (Photo by Jessica Clark/ Cronkite News) Business News | 31 Jan |

A new comprehensive national traffic safety study from Go Safe Labs shows that Phoenix was one of the least safe cities to drive and among the Top 10 cities in the nation for traffic accidents in 2019, coming in 10th on the non-profit group’s list of America’s least safe cities to drive.

According to Go Safe Labs’ exhaustive study, there were 9,876 crashes last year in Phoenix – a 23.5% year-over-year increase. The group’s data science team based their findings on a national review of over 1.8 million accident reports from 2018 and 2019. 

“In 2020 we wanted to start the new year by reviewing what we learned from the past year. We thought with a little more traffic safety data we can hopefully know a little more about the safest places to drive,” said Kevin Pomplun, Chairman of Go Safe Labs. “We were surprised by all the enthusiasm for our last report. It was great and humbling. And now we hope these new findings on 2019, make some small impact on 2020 being the best year yet for all of us driving on US roads.” 

Nationally, traffic accidents across the United States increased 6.8% in 2019 – with nearly 1 million crashes on America’s roadways. There were 953,630 accidents in 2019, up from 892,615 in 2018.

Using publicly available data from local, state and federal sources, Go Safe Labs identified the top 10 cities with the most accidents in 2019:

1. Houston, 22,188 accidents

2. Charlotte, 21,818 accidents

3. Los Angeles, 19,660 accidents

4. Austin, 16,635 accidents

5. Dallas, 14,685 accidents

6. Raleigh, 12,846 accidents

7. Oklahoma City, accidents

8. Baton Rouge, 11,313 accidents

9. Nashville, 10,091 accidents

10. Phoenix, 9,876 accidents

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