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ISP reports lower crash numbers, drivers report insurance rebate

Indiana State Police said the number of crashes have decreased since the pandemic began. They said part of this is due to the stay at home order. News 18 spoke with drivers about the numbers and the impact it's having on insurance companies.

Posted: May 21, 2020 7:15 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—During Governor Eric Holcomb's press conference on Wednesday Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter reported more than 20,000 less crashes this year to date compared to last year's number of 80,000.

"Obviously people are not moving like they did before," said Carter. "But number two I really believe that this is changed behavior and I hope that behavior continues."

He said that trend continues in fatal crashes as well.

"Just over the Easter weekend we had 50% reduction in fatal crashes, this last Easter," said Carter. "It touches many, many families and it has a cascading affect on everything about us when those occur."

Decreasing numbers in crashes have created a wave among Insurance companies too. Earlier this week State Farm announced it was cutting rates due to driving trends and fewer accidents. Local State Farm Team Member Amanda Procenti said fewer cars on the road has had an impact.

"A lot of claim activity is down because there's not many people on the road," said Procenti. "So in a general day maybe I would have four or five claims now we only have maybe one coming in."

Procenti said overall that's about a 70% decrease in the number of claims coming in for car accidents.

"The less claims that come in then generally the less money that State Farm is out putting," said Procenti.

She said it could be a good thing for clients.

"It should in the long run help our by you know hopefully reducing some of their rates," said Procenit.

For driver Carol Owens she's reaping those benefits.

"I am getting a rebate check," said Ownes. "I just got an email that we should have them within the next two weeks."

Owens isn't surprised. She said the longer people are encouraged to stay home it'll continue declining.

"I can see a decrease maybe with people not going to work," said Owens. "You know less people out so it doesn't surprise me. Plus bars are closed. A lot of wrecks are drinking and driving."

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