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Thursday, January 11, 2007
National Safety Commission Urges Florida Legislature to Tackle Rising State Auto Insurance Rates
"Everyone knows how much trouble Floridians are having finding affordable property insurance, but Florida's auto insurance market is also in urgent crisis," said Ken Underwood, president of the National Safety Commission, one of America's leading auto safety advocacy organizations. "We hope the Legislature will work to address this crisis and provide relief to drivers who are in need of quality, low-cost auto insurance."
In 2006 the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation authorized a 20.7 percent rate increase to the American Vehicle Insurance Co., a 12.2 percent rate increase for the Encompass Floridian Indemnity Co. and a 13 percent increase for Peak Property and Casualty Insurance Corp -- increase over 3-5 times higher than the rate of inflation.
The crisis, however, is not simply a result of the devastating hurricanes of 2005 and 2006. In 2004 the average Florida household paid 11 percent more on auto insurance premiums – an average of $2,477 – than a year before.
According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Florida's ranking in the cost to insure a car from 11th in 2000 to sixth in 2004, at an average expense of $1,062.31 – a 36 percent increase over four years earlier.
"Florida's transportation system depends on driving, and driving depends on a reliable auto insurance system," Underwood said. "If we reach the point where strained families have to choose between putting food on the table or paying auto insurance premiums, our entire transportation system could be put at risk."
The National Safety Commission is based in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and is America's leader in safety training. The National Safety Commission, through www.LowestPriceTrafficSchool.com and www.TestQuestionsAndAnswers.com provides safety courses to consumers and businesses in every state and over 15 countries to teach consumers that "safety is no accident" but stems from vigilance and education.
Contact Your State of Florida Representatives and let them know...
You Want Your Automobile Insurance Rates To Go DOWN!
In recent years there has been a lot of attention paid to increases in Florida's homeowners insurance rates. Meanwhile, profit-hungry insurance companies have been quietly increasing automobile insurance rates at a similar rate as homeowners... all while making record profits on automobile insurance.
This must stop!
Florida is now the 6th most expensive State in the country to insure an automobile. It costs Floridians 36% more to insure a car today than just four years ago.
Give Us a Break!
Next Tuesday, January 16th the Florida Legislature is meeting to discuss Florida's insurance rate crisis. Make sure they address the skyrocketing automobile insurance rates. Contact your representatives today and tell them...
"I'm Mad About Auto Insurance Rates"
Demand action... Call your Representatives today!
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