Car insurance on the rise for some after recent storms

JASPER, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama is used to dealing with certain kinds of severe weather, such as like thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Yet after two snowstorms in two weeks, filing insurance claims have been a main concern for drivers.

“if you’re out in the snow and ice and you know definitely know you shouldn’t be there and you run into a tree phone pole and another car than that would be considered a chargeable accident,” said

State Farm Insurance Agent Roger Wilson.

He says that means the claims department could determine your premiums would go up because of the incident.

Wilson has been with State Farm for almost 30 years. He says the claims department will look at your overall record and take that into consideration before making any final decisions.

Drivers are expected to use common sense or pay the price.

State Farm reports more than 1,000 auto claims were filed throughout the state since the winter storms hit.

Wilson says as part of severe weather awareness week, this is a good time to re-connect with your insurance agent and make sure your policy is updated.

Meanwhile, you’ll find plenty of auto claims filed for weather-related fender benders at Gunter’s Autobody in Jasper.

Workers describe a rate increase for one family of a totaled trailblazer as the best case scenario after he went off an icy road.

There’s one simple reason why, because the teenager driving lived.

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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