WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- New data from the latest Farmers® Seasonal Smarts Digest reveals that 60 percent of all comprehensive (damages not related to a collision) hail claims occur between March and May. Drivers from California to Virginia, and everywhere in between, should be aware of the potential for hail damage, as Farmers data uncovered a 40 percent increase in hail claims during the past four years.
Farmers Insurance® auto claims filed between 2013 and 2016 show that in addition to an increase in hail, drivers across the country should be aware of two other significant spring hazards. More than 40 percent of all flash flood and rising water claims and nearly one-third (30 percent) of wind and tornado damage occur in the spring. While wind and tornado damage has decreased by 23 percent since 2013, flash flooding and rising water claims more than doubled during the same time period.
"Hailstorms occur in all parts of the country and can result in windshield cracks, dents to your car and dangerous driving conditions," said Paul Quinn, head of claims customer experience with Farmers Insurance. "It's important that drivers know the warning signs of hail as well as how they can avoid and prevent damage to their vehicles."
Drivers across the country can prepare for upcoming spring hailstorms by considering the following tips from Quinn:
Drivers should also be aware of potential hazards that can occur after the storm like dangerous potholes and flash flooding. "Once the storm moves through, there can still be unexpected and dangerous driving conditions out on the roads," explains Quinn. "Water levels can continue to rise even after the rain has stopped. Be cautious of potentially flooded roads and hidden potholes while driving after a storm."
Quinn offers post-storm driving tips, including:
The complete Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest, which details common and uncommon hazards as well as safety and preparedness tips to consider 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 for helping mitigate potentially dangerous and costly insurance losses. The digest examines a four-year window (2013 to 2016) of Farmers Insurance's historical claims database to identify seasonal perils and the states where they most commonly occur.
About Farmers Insurance
"Farmers Insurance®" and "Farmers®" are tradenames for a group of affiliated insurers providing insurance for automobiles, homes and small businesses and a wide range of other insurance and financial services and products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies, across all 50 states, through the efforts of more than 48,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 21,000 employees. Farmers Insurance Exchange®, the largest of the three primary insurance insurers that make up Farmers Insurance, is recognized as one of the largest U.S. companies on the 2016 Fortune 500 list.
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