Is Fort Collins a Safe Driving City?

Is Fort Collins a Safe Driving City? – Allen Accident Law Fort Collins, COFort Collins is the largest city in Larimer County and has an estimated population of only 167,830 residents. When you combine Loveland, CO and Fort Collins, CO there is an estimated population of 310,500.

As locals know, Fort Collins has been “discovered” and there are people flowing in from all over the United States. The secret is out and Fort Collins and Loveland are “hot” places to live.

This has driven up the cost of real estate and because of this, it’s very difficult for the average person to afford to buy a home in Fort Collins. And the increasing population equals more car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, bicycle crashes, and pedestrian incidents.

Fort Collins was the Safest Driving City in 2013

Allstate named Fort Collins as the safest driving city in America, in 2013. That was not too long ago and residents were very proud of this national accomplishment. According to Allstate’s report, the average resident will experience a car accident every 13.9 years. Of course, Fort Collins was honored to achieve this national designation which included a variety of factors, including the following:
  • Cities that have citizens who are very attentive to good driving behaviors
  • Cities that focus locally on distracted driving
  • Cities with strong community values and greater awareness towards safety
  • Cities having good roadway designs and street maintenance
  • Cities having a strong emphasis on the enforcement of traffic laws

How Safe is it to Drive in Fort Collins in 2019?

Well, today’s Fort Collins looks a bit different than it did in 2013. Of course, we have more out of state drivers who are not used to driving in mountain type conditions, i.e., snow and ice.

We have much more distracted driving in 2019, with everyone trying to text and drive, eat and drive, apply makeup and drive, computer displays in new cars, etc. Distracted driving is a plague on America and we should follow the lead of other cities that entirely ban cellular use while driving.

As the 4th largest city in Colorado, Fort Collins is experiencing the normal growing pains of an increasing population. But, is surprisingly, still one of the safest cities to drive in the United States while a city like Denver ranks 83rd for safety. Again, Allstate Insurance Company performed a study of 200 cities and ranked Fort Collins as one of the safest in the country, but falling from No. 1 to No. 7.

How did other cities in Colorado rank for driving safety? 

As might be expected, these are how Allstate ranked some other cities in Colorado:
  • Colorado Springs ranked 13th in the country
  • Denver ranked 83rd in the country
  • Aurora ranked 92nd in the country
  • Lakewood ranked 39th in the country
  • Thornton ranked 30th

Accordingly, Fort Collins is losing its’ status as the safest driving city in America, but not by much. As you can see from Allstate’s report, it still has some of the safest drivers in the country.

However, as I drive around Fort Collins every day, I constantly see people looking down at their cell phones or doing other crazy stuff like eating, reading, and applying makeup. America does need to educate the public on distracted driving and pass stiffer laws on cellular use while driving.

Been in a Car Accident? Get in touch.

If you have been injured in a car accident or other type of motor vehicle accident, due to unsafe or distracted driving, please get in touch or call me now–Douglas Allen of Allen Accident Law at (970) 364-6830.

I have over 22 years of experience handling car accident cases involving unsafe and negligent driving. I know how to negotiate with the insurance companies as I used to work for them!