Insurance Industry Report Shows Need For Safer Driving Habits, Lexington Attorney Says

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The recently released 2010 "AllState America's Best Drivers Report" shows an increase in car accident frequency in Lexington and highlights a need for more education on safe driving habits, Lexington personal injury attorney Frank Jenkins says.

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If the frequency of car accidents has increased in the Lexington area, as this report indicates, then it simply means that we have to do a better job of educating drivers and encouraging them to follow safer driving habits.

Driver negligence has likely caused Lexington to make a significant drop in the latest “AllState America’s Best Drivers Report,” Lexington personal injury lawyer Frank Jenkins says.

The list, now in its sixth year, uses AllState data to rank cities in terms of how many years their drivers are likely to go without an automobile accident. Lexington ranked No. 7 on the list in 2009 but fell to No. 22 in 2010.

“The majority of motor vehicle accidents that occur are due to negligence, such as speeding, driver inattention, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or failing to properly control the vehicle or to yield the right of way,” Jenkins says.

“If the frequency of car accidents has increased in the Lexington area, as this report indicates, then it simply means that we have to do a better job of educating drivers and encouraging them to follow safer driving habits.”

The “AllState America’s Best Drivers Report” is compiled by analyzing the insurance company’s claims data, according to a company press release.

According to AllState, its policies represent 11.3 percent of all U.S. car insurance policies, making the report “a realistic snapshot” of the frequency of accidents on America’s roads.

Fort Collins, Colorado, topped this year’s list. The city’s driver’s have an average of 14.5 years between car accidents, according to the report.

Lexington’s drivers go an average of 11.2 years between automobile accidents, the report says. In 2009, the average rate was 12.1 years.

The report defines an auto crash as any collision resulting in a property damage claim.

“Of course, there’s often more than property damage that occurs in motor vehicle accidents,” Jenkins says. “People can be killed or suffer permanent, debilitating emotional and physical injuries that require expensive medical treatment and cost them their ability to earn a living.”

Jenkins started out his legal career representing insurance companies. However, since 1997, his Lexington law firm, Frank Jenkins Law Office, has been dedicated to representing the injured, including those involved in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and those engaged in uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) claims disputes with their insurers.

For three years in a row, Jenkins has been named Favorite Attorney in the Readers’ Choice Awards poll conducted by The Lexington Herald-Leader and kentucky.com.

“If you believe your insurance company has wrongly denied or undervalued your claim, then we believe you should receive tough, but ethical, legal assistance,” Jenkins says.

About the Frank Jenkins Law Office

The Lexington, Ky., personal injury attorneys of the Frank Jenkins Law Office handle injury and accident cases, including motorcycle accidents, car accidents, truck accidents, wrongful death, workplace accidents, construction accidents and Social Security disability claims. For more information, contact the Frank Jenkins Law Office today at 1-800-CAR-WRECK, locally at 1-859-389-9344, or through the firm’s online contact form.

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