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Taking a Road Trip? Better Hope You Don’t Pass Through These Cities…
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Summer is here at last, and you know what that means – lazy afternoons by the pool, cookouts with friends, and, of course, summer vacation. According to the Associated Press, with the economy looking up, the travel forecast for the summer of 2013 is better than it has been in several years. Though the crowds will nowhere approach the droves that headed out of town in the summer of 2007, most middle class families can afford to take a vacation again. However, experts predict that most people will opt for vacations close to home rather than choosing to take far flung excursions. That means that more people will be on the road.

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If you are headed out on a road trip this summer, keep your insurance information handy and have the number of an auto accident lawyer programmed into your phone. There is nothing quite as inconvenient as a bad car accident when you are several hundred miles from home. You will need to be especially careful if you are headed to certain cities where the drivers are not exactly known for their courteousness and impeccable driving record.

Last summer, the CDC released a list of the top 10 worst and safest cities for driving. The study focused on the 50 most heavily populated urban areas in the country, but it still gave an accurate assessment of the safety of certain cities. Unfortunately, many of the cities ranked “most dangerous” are some of the nation’s prime vacation destinations. However, if you and your family are still deciding on your vacation destination, or if you are torn between more than one location, you may want to avoid these cities, ranked most dangerous for drivers:

Orlando, FL

Memphis, TN

Glendale, TN

Miami, FL

Las Vegas, NV

Birmingham, AL

Sacramento, CA

Tampa, FL

San Antonio, TX

Jackson, FL

If you are the type that is highly concerned about safety, consider taking a trip to one of these cities, which the CDC ranked safest for drivers (in no particular order):

Buffalo, NY

Santa Ana, CA

St. Paul, MN

Providence, RI

Boston, MA

Hartford, CT

Cleveland, OH

Newark, NJ

Plano, TX

Salt Lake City, UT

Unfortunately, with the exception of Boston, and maybe Buffalo, none of these cities are exactly prime travel destinations. Fortunately, this isn’t a definitive list. Insurance companies frequently put out their own lists of best and worst cities, and no two are the same. So if you’re set on the beaches of Florida or the shiny allure of Las Vegas, then go for it. Just remember to take your insurance packet and your lawyer’s phone number. And above all, drive safely!

Andrew Winston is a partner at the personal injury law firm of Lawlor Winston White & Murphy. He has been recognized for his excellence in the representation of injured clients by admission to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, is AV Rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and was recently voted by his peers as a Florida “SuperLawyer”, (an honor reserved for the top 5% of lawyers in the State), and to Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite”.