The Most Dangerous (and Safest) States for Drivers

POSTED 6:23 AM, MARCH 20, 2018, BY TRIBUNE MEDIA WIRE

NEW YORK — If you’ve ever taken a cross-country roadtrip, you probably noticed — in addition to changes in scenery — differences in road conditions, traffic laws, driving behaviors, and vehicle choice when moving from state to state. Perhaps less obvious, though, is that these differences make certain states far more dangerous (or more safe) than others when it comes to driving.

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NICB: Rising Cost of Parts Fuels Interest of Car Thieves

DES PLAINES, Ill.—If you own a late model car or truck, and you’ve been in a wreck, you may still be shaking your head over the repair bill. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says today’s vehicles are loaded with expensive parts and technology that increase the costs of repairs, even in what may be considered a minor accident.

And those expensive parts will continue to drive car thefts as criminals steal cars and trucks to strip them and sell the parts on the black market.

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Frank Scafidi
916.979.1510
fscafidi@nicb.org

NICB Releases Annual Holiday Vehicle Theft Report

DES PLAINES, Ill., Nov. 16, 2017 — New data released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) shows a total of 22,705 vehicles were reported stolen on the 11 holidays in 2016 covered in this report. NICB theft data is pulled from the National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) stolen vehicle file, which showed a total of 803,719 vehicle thefts for the year.

Halloween was the top holiday with 2,578 reported thefts. Halloween was followed, in descending order, by Labor Day (2,258); New Year’s Day (2,242); Memorial Day (2,139) and New Year’s Eve (2,110).

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NICB: Hurricanes Leave Record Numbers of Vehicles Damaged

Warns Buyers to Beware in Weeks and Months Ahead

DES PLAINES, Ill., Oct. 19, 2017 — Flooded vehicles have finally stopped arriving at the Royal Purple Raceway east of Houston. Some 23,000 now await processing and retitling to be auctioned off for parts or to be scrapped. That is just one of several insurance industry salvage locations where more than 422,000 insured vehicles damaged by Harvey have been taken for processing. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), these totals surpass the number of claims that resulted from Hurricane Katrina (approx. 300,000) and from Superstorm Sandy (250,500).

You can view the entire news release and video here.

Contact:
Frank Scafidi
916.979.1510
fscafidi@nicb.org

NICB Makes Aerial Imagery from Harvey and Irma Available to Public

Before and After Views of Properties Assist Insurers and Emergency Personnel

DES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 13, 2017 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) announced today that it will make available to the public high-resolution aerial imagery of areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. By going to the link and typing in an address, a before-and-after comparison will be available if the property is in an affected area that has been surveyed from the air. Harvey damage is available and imagery from Irma will be posted when available.

You can view the entire report here

Contact:
Frank Scafidi
916.979.1510
fscafidi@nicb.org

NICB’s Hot Wheels: America’s 10 Most Stolen Vehicles

Two Honda models contribute 42 percent of all top 10 thefts

 
July 12, 2017
DES PLAINES, Ill. – The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released its annual Hot Wheels report which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model and model year most reported stolen in 2016.

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CONTACT:
Frank Scafidi
916.979.1510
fscafidi@nicb.org

IIHS News Release from The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Three Large Cars Join Ranks of IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK + Winners

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Lincoln Continental, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Toyota Avalon come out at the top of a group of six large cars recently evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Contact: Russ Rader, Senior Vice President, Communications
rrader@iihs.org
office +1 703 247 1530

IIHS, HLDI Status Report – Vol. 52, No. 4, June 22, 2017

HIGH CLAIMS
Legalizing recreational marijuana is linked to increased crashes

ARLINGTON, Va. — Legalizing recreational marijuana use in Colorado, Oregon and Washington has resulted in collision claim frequencies that are about 3 percent higher overall than would have been expected without legalization, a new Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) analysis shows. This is HLDI’s first report on how marijuana legalization since 2014 has affected crashes reported to insurers.

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Media contact
Russ Rader
Senior Vice President, Communications
rrader@iihs.org
office +1 703 247 1530
mobile +1 202 257 3591

IIHS News Release from The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

More than half of midsize SUV headlights tested rate marginal or poor

June 13, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va. — New midsize SUV ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that headlights are improving when it comes to visibility, but many still need to do a better job of lighting the road ahead while limiting bothersome glare.

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Contact: Matt Brumbelow (434) 985-4600
Contact: Russ Rader (703) 247-1530

NICB’s 2016 Hot Spots Vehicle Theft Report

Anchorage, AK and Billings, MT Metro Areas Make First-Time Appearance in Top 10

June 8, 2017

DES PLAINES, Ill.—The Albuquerque, N.M. metropolitan statistical area (MSA) had the highest per capita auto theft rate in 2016 according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) latest Hot Spots report.

Hot Spots examines vehicle theft data obtained from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for each of the nation’s MSAs.  MSAs are designated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and often include areas much larger than the cities for which they are named. For example, this year’s number one spot, the Albuquerque, N.M. MSA, includes all thefts within the entire county of Bernalillo, not
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