Texas Car Crashes Spike More than 20% Around the Holidays

          Texas Car Crashes Spike More than 20% Around the Holidays

Number of Accidents on Christmas Eve 22% Greater Than Daily Average

PR Newswire

IRVING, Texas, Dec. 18, 2012

IRVING, Texas, Dec. 18, 2012  /PRNewswire/ --More Texans crash their cars
during the holiday season than any other time of the year, according to an
Allstate Insurance Company review of its claims data over the five year period
between 2006 and 2010. The number of auto accident claims jumped the highest
on December 24, spiking 22% compared to the daily average during the rest of
the year. Accident claims jumped 21% on December 18 and 18% on December 1 and
11.

"The increase in crashes could be related to more people being on the roads
traveling and shopping during the holidays, weather changes and other
distractions," said Carlos Cuellar, an Allstate agency owner in San Antonio.
"What's important for drivers is that we stay focused while at the wheel
whether on the highway or in the driveway—during December and every other time
of the year."

According to Allstate, the top five days for collision claims in Texas are:



Top 5 Days for Texas Car Accident Claims




December 24


December 18


April 7


December 1


December 11

Three Tips to Keep Clear of Crashes
Allstate is asking Texas drivers to use the holiday season as an opportunity
to consider three simple safe driving tips.

Eliminate Distractions
Cell phones, channel-changing and shifting packages are all common
distractions that can take our minds off our driving. Turn off the phone,
place packages in the trunk and make your listening choice before putting the
car in gear.

Drive According to Conditions
Rain, snow, high winds, even bright sunshine can all affect driving. Allow
space between you and the nearest vehicle, slow down in congested areas and
understand that another driver may be distracted—so drive defensively.

Don't Drink and Drive
Holiday cheer has no place behind the wheel. Drivers should keep the party off
the road. Plan ahead and designate a sober driver, call a cab or use public
transportation if you've been drinking alcohol.

About the Allstate Data
To collect the data, Allstate looked at its Texas auto insurance accident
claims from 2006 through 2010 to determine daily claim counts and the average
number of claims for each day. The company, the country's second largest auto
insurance provider, used the data to reveal days when automobile insurance
accident claims are most prevalent.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held
personal lines insurer. Widely known through the "You're In Good Hands With
Allstate^®" slogan, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help
nearly 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare
for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life
and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies,
and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as
well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate^®. As part of Allstate's
commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate
employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $28 million in 2011 to
thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United
States.

SOURCE Allstate Insurance Company - Texas Region

Website: http://www.allstate.com
Contact: Kristen Beaman, +1-972-897-9629 cell, Kristen.Beaman@Allstate.com
 
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