WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- New data from the Farmers Insurance® Seasonal Smarts Digest shows that more than one-third (36 percent) of all auto claims that result from animal collisions occur on American highways between September and November.
The data highlights the impact of animal migration patterns, especially among larger animals like deer and elk. Animal collisions increase by 67 percent during the fall as compared to the three months prior (June through August). Farmers Insurance data shows that animal collisions are on the rise—fall claims increased 2 percent in 2015 compared to 2014.
"The biggest potential hazard drivers should be on the lookout for in fall doesn't have four wheels, it has four legs," said Paul Quinn, head of claims customer experience for Farmers Insurance. "While drivers should always be aware of other cars and pedestrians while they're on the road, the onset of fall means drivers need to be on high alert for animals on and around the road, especially larger animals like deer and elk that can total a vehicle if struck at a high speed."
Quinn offers the following tips for drivers who may live in areas where animals may be on the move this fall:
Be on the Watch for Halloween Driving "Tricks"
Fall is the home to one of America's favorite holidays—Halloween—that brings out trick-or-treaters across the nation. Even though only one-quarter (24 percent) of all claims related to a driver hitting an object or pedestrian are filed in fall, Halloween jumps out as a day with elevated risk of an accident.
Farmers® data shows that collisions on Halloween increase by approximately 15 percent over the same day of the week just one week prior to the holiday. Drivers should take extra care when on the roads on Oct. 31, especially if your route takes you through neighborhoods.
"Whether you're on your daily commute, heading to Grandma's house for the holidays or driving your kids between trick or treat destinations, drivers should be on the lookout for some of fall's unique driving challenges," Quinn said.
The season's "first frost," which contributes to one-third (33 percent) of all multiple vehicle chain collisions, is up 46 percent over the warmer summer months. These accidents have been on the rise, too, increasing 9 percent in 2015 over the same time period in 2014.
Quinn offers the following tips to help drivers avoid some of the more common types of auto accidents during the fall, as well as tips on what drivers should do if they are involved in an accident:
The complete Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest, detailing fall's common and uncommon hazards as well as safety and preparedness tips to help keep drivers and their cars safe, can be found online at http://www.farmers.com/news/seasonal-smarts.
About the Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest
The Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest is released four times per year to provide drivers and homeowners with knowledgeable, straightforward and proactive tips to help mitigate potentially dangerous and costly insurance losses. The digest examines a three-year window (2013 to 2015) of Farmers Insurance's historical claims database to identify seasonal perils and the states where they most commonly occur.
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1 Governors Highway Safety Administration: http://www.ghsa.org/html/files/pubs/spotlights/spotlight_ped2014.pdf
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