Storms in Wyo. and Colo. Leave Millions in Auto Insurance Losses
07/22/2011 says the fallout from the severe weather highlights the importance of maintaining comprehensive car insurance coverage, which covers weather-related damages.

Online PR News – 22-July-2011 – – Storms that tore through Colorado and Wyoming last week inflicted a combined $284.4 million in damages to cars and homes, according to new estimates from the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association (RMIIA).

“Mother Nature reminded us last week that severe weather season is still in full swing in the Rocky Mountain Region,” Carole Walker, executive director of RMIIA, said in a news release. “It’s important for all of us to be talking to our insurance representatives to make sure we are protected and have the coverage we need—especially during these peak months for catastrophic weather.”

Policyholders in both states have filed a total of 49,600 auto and homeowner claims, Walker said, with vehicle losses accounting for nearly two-thirds of the claims.

The RMIIA, a nonprofit trade group that includes major Wyoming and Colorado car insurance providers, based its estimates on reported claims and projections from members.

Many of the insurers in those states have established emergency claims centers in the areas hardest hit by the storms, in order to make the process easier for storm victims.

Walker said there are steps that auto and home policyholders can take to ensure they recover their losses and are able to get on with their lives:

--Photograph any damage to your car and other items and be prepared to describe all losses to your agent.

--Cover broken windows and make any other temporary repairs you can. Save receipts for materials and submit them to your provider later for reimbursement.

Colorado regulators have advised that consumers whose cars are undrivable call their insurers to see if they have coverage for rental vehicles.


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