The average U.S. driver is involved in a collision every 10.57 years, according to claims data from Allstate, and one thing that raises the frequency of car accidents is aggressive driving. Pennsylvania residents should know that hard braking is usually a sign of such aggression.

Every year, Allstate releases its America’s Best Drivers Report. For its 2019 report, it focused on collisions between January 2016 and December 2017 and ranked the 200 most populous cities in America based on two things: the frequency of collisions and of hard braking events. The auto insurer saw a clear link between the two. It should be noted that Allstate defines “collisions” here as accidents that result in a property damage claim.

The fewer hard-braking events there are in a city per 1,000 miles, the fewer property damage claims arise among its drivers. The safest of the 200 cities was Brownsville, Texas, with drivers getting into a collision every 15 years. However, Allstate does not specify the number of hard-braking events.

The least safe city was Baltimore, Maryland, with drivers in a collision an average of every four years. Drivers there brake hard more than 30 times per 1,000 miles traveled whereas the nationwide average was 19 times.

It’s easy to see how hard braking can be involved in certain negligent actions. An aggressive driver may, for instance, cut in front of a vehicle and, then, brake hard. Tailgating would also necessitate hard braking, but other times, it can lead to a rear-end collision. Those who incur a personal injury at the hands of an aggressive driver may be able to file a claim and be compensated for medical bills, vehicle repair or replacement costs, lost wages and more. A lawyer may assist with the filing and settlement negotiations.