Calif. Car Insurance Data Show Claims Spike in December

Statistics printoutAccording to auto insurance provider Allstate, the company’s California data indicate that the day with the year’s highest rate of claims is just around the corner.

Dec. 15, the insurance company announced today, has historically been the day with the highest rate of collision claims filed by Californians.

Statistics show that between 2006 and 2009 the average number of claims filed per day was 435. But on Dec. 15, the average jumps to 539 — a spike of 23 percent — for some reason.

“This spike in crashes could be related to weather, holiday shopping, travel or other distractions,” said Robert Feldman, Allstate agency owner in Los Angeles. “What’s important for drivers is that we stay focused while at the wheel whether on the highway or in the driveway — on Dec. 15 and every day of the year.”

In addition, the date with the fourth highest average number of claims is Dec. 18.

The three other dates that made the top five were Oct. 13, Sept. 5 and Valentine’s Day.

Allstate recommends that, in order to keep the accident rate to a minimum, motorists reduce the number of distractions while driving, be aware of road conditions and never drink and drive.

No one wants to have to deal with the hassle and danger of getting into a car wreck, and no one wants to have an accident affect insurance rates.

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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