Progressive Data Shows 30 Percent Increase in Single-Vehicle Claims on New Year’s Day

  Progressive Data Shows 30 Percent Increase in Single-Vehicle Claims on New
  Year’s Day

   With large increase in single-vehicle accidents, insurer offers tips for
                       staying safe and filing a claim

Business Wire

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio -- December 21, 2012

According to data from Progressive Insurance, single-vehicle claims were up 30
percent on New Year’s Day 2012, when compared to the same day of the week two
weeks prior to and after New Year’s Day. The total number of claims saw a jump
of around 25 percent, with the largest increase coming in the single-vehicle
variety. A single-vehicle claim occurs when one car has an incident, and no
other car is involved. Notable jumps in single-vehicle claims on New Year’s
Day include:

  *30 percent increase in single-vehicle claims

       *76 percent increase in single-vehicle rollovers
       *59 percent increase in a single-vehicles running off the road and
         striking an object
       *29 percent increase in single-vehicles that swerved to avoid
         something and hit an object
       *19 percent increase in striking an object in the road

“We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘I’m my own worst enemy,’ and that phrase rings
as true as ever on New Year’s Day,” said Maria Cashy, the claims customer
service process leader at Progressive. “The large increase in single-vehicle
claims could be attributed to a variety of factors such as icy streets, more
people out on the roads or late-night driving. Regardless, the best thing you
can do to keep yourself safe is stay off the road.”

If you are out on New Year’s, Cashy recommends getting a cab or having a
designated driver.

“For taxi drivers, navigating the icy roads is the norm at this time of year,”
Cashy continued. “They know the spots to avoid, are accustomed to late-night
driving and are used to crowded roadways.”

If you do find yourself in an accident this New Year’s, Progressive recommends
you take the following steps:

  *Stay calm. Keeping a normal demeanor helps you stay in control of the
    situation.
  *Make sure you and your passengers are OK. Move as far off the roadway as
    possible, but stay at the scene of the accident. Warn oncoming traffic by
    activating your hazard warning lights and/or setting flares.
  *Call the police. Call 911 or the appropriate emergency number to report
    the accident.
  *Contact your insurance company and report the claim. The sooner your
    insurance company knows about the accident, the sooner they can start
    working to resolve your claim. People who are insured by Progressive can
    file a claim by calling 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, online at progressive.com or
    through the Progressive mobile app.
  *Do not discuss the accident. Do not discuss the car accident with anyone
    other than the police and your claims representative.
  *If it’s a multi-car accident, exchange vital information with the other
    driver involved in the car accident. Write down the name, address, phone
    number and license numbers for all drivers and witnesses, particularly
    those who were not riding in a vehicle involved in the accident. Ask for
    the insurance companies and policy numbers for drivers involved in the car
    accident.

About Progressive

Celebrating its 75^th anniversary in 2012, The Progressive Group of Insurance
Companies (collectively, “Progressive Insurance”) makes it easy to understand,
buy, and use auto insurance. Progressive offers choices so consumers can reach
it whenever, wherever, and however it’s most convenient—online at
progressive.com, by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, on a mobile device or
in-person with a local agent.

Progressive offers insurance for personal and commercial autos and trucks,
motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, and homes. It’s the fourth largest
auto insurer in the country, the largest seller of motorcycle insurance, and a
leader in commercial auto insurance. Progressive also offers car insurance
online in Australia at http://www.progressiveonline.com.au.

Founded in 1937, Progressive continues its long history of offering shopping
tools and services that save customers time and money, like Name Your Price^®,
the Snapshot Discount^®, and a concierge level of claims service.

The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village,
Ohio-based holding company, trade publicly at (NYSE:PGR).

Contact:

Progressive PR
Steve Kaczynski, 440-395-1008
skaczyn1@progressive.com
 
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