AllState study: collisions rise again in Canada with Halfiax the worst

Published: November 23, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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The ninth annual Allstate Insurance Co. of Canada Safe Driving Study has been published and it finds collisions in the country continue to rise year-on-year. Compared to last year, the number of accidents on Canadian roads increased by 2.5%.

For the study, Allstate Insurance examined collision data from its customers in Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Over the 93 communities that participated in the study, Hanmer in Northern Ontario was the safest in Canada with a collision frequency rate of 3.65%. The new is not so good for Halifax, which continues to be the community with the highest collision frequency (7.90%). This is the third year the city has held the unwanted distinction.

Speeding and tailgating are the chief causes of accident in Halifax. All frequency numbers are compared over 100 cars.

"Following too closely, speed will factor in. The data is mostly out there for us to have a conversation … about how we can improve, how we can have less collisions," said Allstate spokesman Matt Conrad in Dartmouth.

Nova Scotia was the studied province with this highest collision frequency, with 6.1 per cent per 100 vehicles. New Brunswick was the safest with a five per cent frequency. The study also looked into the most dangerous times to drive, finding Friday to be the day with the most collisions and Sunday with the least.

February was the month with the most collision claims, with December in second. April had the lowest collision frequency, followed by August.

"Everyone can draw their own conclusions but I would say, people trying to get home from work, whatever reason, maybe they have plans, maybe they are excited to be home for the weekend or whatever it may be, but Friday seems to be the point where we see a bit of spike," Conrad said. 

"This is where the conversation may come in. If people are aware, then they can be more aware of their driving habits." 

Other cities rated by the Allstate study were:

  • Toronto – 7.3 per cent.
  • Ottawa – 6.8 per cent.
  • Edmonton – 6.4 per cent.
  • Calgary – 6.0 per cent.
  • Moncton – 6.0 per cent.
  • Fredericton – 5.5 per cent.

Rear end accidents remain the most common collision type, while intersections accidents were second. Head on crashes are the least common type.

Other contributing factors in high collision rates are:

  • Distracted driving.
  • Not sharing the road with others.
  • Too much noise inside the vehicle and wearing headphones while driving.
  • Driving while impaired.
  • Not driving according to weather conditions.