Proper Preparation for Storms may Reduce Auto Insurance Claims

Severe storms have caused insurance claims to rise in Texas.Texas has seen a spike in the number of weather-related auto insurance claims made.

Damage caused by wind, floods, and hail have wreaked havoc on Texans’ cars. Texas auto insurance provider Allstate saw a 50 percent increase in the number of auto insurance claims made due to weather damage, with the largest rises in Lubbock, Houston, and El Paso.

Texas leads all U.S. states in the amount of catastrophic losses it experiences – $2.45 billion worth in 2009. That’s 23 percent of all catastrophic loss in the entire country, according to the Insurance Services Office. Allstate agent Catalina Palma said that "the Allstate data is a snapshot, but it illustrates the challenge we face in Texas dealing with severe weather. We know every year that we’re going to see severe storms packing hail, wind, and rain – we just don’t know where. That’s why it’s critical to be prepared."

How can drivers prepare before a storm? The first thing to do would be to clean out the garage and make sure there is enough room inside to cover the vehicle. People also shouldn’t park in areas where water rises if heavy rains are predicted.ADNFCR-3298-ID-19751712-ADNFCR

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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