Feed http://allstatenewsroom.com en-US Copyright 2015 40 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:03:31 -0500 Allstate Roadside Services <img src="/photos/397f/2939/397f2939-9ed9-4a69-b4d7-1eb11b46e915-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Roadside Services Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:44:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-roadside-services-is-offering-24-7-pay-per-use-roadside-1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-roadside-services-is-offering-24-7-pay-per-use-roadside-1 Allstate Roadside Services <img src="/photos/397f/2939/397f2939-9ed9-4a69-b4d7-1eb11b46e915-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Roadside Services Allstate Rewards Safe Drivers Through Upgraded Telematics App Drivewise® Mobile adds rewards to the savings customers already get for driving safely.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Drivers now have even more incentive to drive safely. <em>Drivewise&reg; </em>Mobile &ndash; Allstate's award winning smartphone application &ndash; now prominently features Allstate Rewards. In addition to saving money on their auto insurance every six months, safe drivers now can use the upgraded app to earn points and use the points for deals on merchandise, gift cards and local offers.</p> <p>With this additional benefit, <em>Drivewise</em> Mobile becomes the first of its kind offered by an insurance company. Any driver can earn Allstate Rewards points, regardless of whether they have an insurance policy with Allstate.</p> <p>In the latest iteration of the app, Allstate continues to encourage safe driving for everyone through a point system offering savings on merchandise from big-name brands. While most reward programs generally require someone to make a purchase or pay their bill to earn points, consumers simply need to drive safely to benefit from Allstate Rewards.</p> <p>"We continue to drive advances in product and service innovation for all consumers," says Allstate Connected Car Vice President Ginger Purgatorio. "We're providing cutting-edge capabilities to better serve drivers and protect what matters to them most. This is another example of how we are changing the way people think about an insurance company &ndash; and at the same time, it encourages safe driving that benefits everyone on the road."</p> <p>Also new in this version of the app are interactive challenges that allow users to earn reward points. One example is a challenge to drive below 80 mph or avoid hard braking for three consecutive days. Users can view their challenge statuses and driving patterns by month. The challenges will be updated in future app updates.</p> <p>Allstate customers in 47 states not only benefit from Allstate Rewards, but also are eligible for savings on auto insurance through the telematics program. Initially established in 2010, the Drivewise network continues to grow and is expected to approach more than one million users by the end of 2015.</p> <p><em>Drivewise </em>Mobile is available for free download in the Apple iTunes store or through Google Play for Android devices. The app now offers audible alerts in the iOS version and a text blocking option in the Android version.</p> <p><em>(*Drivers in New York are not eligible for Allstate Rewards.) </em></p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Justin Herndon<br /> <a href="mailto:Justin.Herndon@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com</a> <br /> 727-512-8314</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:15:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ed73f99f-3d5c-47eb-8f0d-2b82b8abad5b http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ed73f99f-3d5c-47eb-8f0d-2b82b8abad5b Allstate Rewards Safe Drivers Through Upgraded Telematics App Drivewise® Mobile adds rewards to the savings customers already get for driving safely.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Drivers now have even more incentive to drive safely. <em>Drivewise&reg; </em>Mobile &ndash; Allstate's award winning smartphone application &ndash; now prominently features Allstate Rewards. In addition to saving money on their auto insurance every six months, safe drivers now can use the upgraded app to earn points and use the points for deals on merchandise, gift cards and local offers.</p> <p>With this additional benefit, <em>Drivewise</em> Mobile becomes the first of its kind offered by an insurance company. Any driver can earn Allstate Rewards points, regardless of whether they have an insurance policy with Allstate.</p> <p>In the latest iteration of the app, Allstate continues to encourage safe driving for everyone through a point system offering savings on merchandise from big-name brands. While most reward programs generally require someone to make a purchase or pay their bill to earn points, consumers simply need to drive safely to benefit from Allstate Rewards.</p> <p>"We continue to drive advances in product and service innovation for all consumers," says Allstate Connected Car Vice President Ginger Purgatorio. "We're providing cutting-edge capabilities to better serve drivers and protect what matters to them most. This is another example of how we are changing the way people think about an insurance company &ndash; and at the same time, it encourages safe driving that benefits everyone on the road."</p> <p>Also new in this version of the app are interactive challenges that allow users to earn reward points. One example is a challenge to drive below 80 mph or avoid hard braking for three consecutive days. Users can view their challenge statuses and driving patterns by month. The challenges will be updated in future app updates.</p> <p>Allstate customers in 47 states not only benefit from Allstate Rewards, but also are eligible for savings on auto insurance through the telematics program. Initially established in 2010, the Drivewise network continues to grow and is expected to approach more than one million users by the end of 2015.</p> <p><em>Drivewise </em>Mobile is available for free download in the Apple iTunes store or through Google Play for Android devices. The app now offers audible alerts in the iOS version and a text blocking option in the Android version.</p> <p><em>(*Drivers in New York are not eligible for Allstate Rewards.) </em></p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Justin Herndon<br /> <a href="mailto:Justin.Herndon@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com</a> <br /> 727-512-8314</p> Allstate Roadside Services Selected as Roadside Assistance Provider to Help Protect Lyft Drivers <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document</strong><p>Ride-hailing continues to grow in popularity; whether you're a commuter looking for ways to save on transportation or protect the planet, or a driver trying to set your own schedule and make some extra cash.</p> <p>Drivers with Lyft are getting a new perk. Allstate Roadside Services (ARS), one of the nation's leading providers of roadside assistance, is announcing it is offering 24/7 pay-per-use roadside assistance to drivers on the Lyft platform, if they find themselves needing help while on the road.</p> <p>"We're very excited and honored to be selected as Lyft's new U.S. roadside assistance provider," said Pam Dufour, president of Allstate Roadside Services. "We're committed to delivering exceptional service for all drivers of Lyft and their roadside assistance needs."</p> <p>While no one wants to face a breakdown, it's best to be prepared. Drivers will be able to contact Allstate for a tow, tire change, fuel delivery, lockout or battery jump.</p> <p>"In just three years, Lyft has become an integral part of Americans' everyday transportation needs," said Oliver Hsiang, VP Partnerships at Lyft. "We are thrilled to see industry leaders like Allstate at the forefront of creating innovative solutions to protect&nbsp;drivers and passengers."</p> <p>"Allstate is on the leading edge of product and service innovation in our industry and beyond," said Dufour. "Innovation is a critical element of our effort to provide a complete customer experience that emphasizes service, connectedness, safety, preparedness and security."</p> <p>Allstate Roadside Services has provided roadside assistance for more than 50 years. ARS administers roadside assistance through Allstate Motor Club.</p> <p><strong>About Lyft</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.lyft.com/" target="_blank">Lyft</a>&nbsp;is an app for welcoming affordable rides within minutes. Simply download the app for iPhone or Android, then request a ride with the tap of a button and a friendly driver will be on the way. All payment is handled through the app using your credit card of choice. Safety is a top priority for Lyft, and we've implemented strict safety criteria to protect the community. Lyft launched in June 2012 and is now in more than 65 cities across the country.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p># &nbsp;# &nbsp;#</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>April Eaton<br /> Allstate<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:30:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ab71c583-d498-4980-adc5-677d1f3be046 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ab71c583-d498-4980-adc5-677d1f3be046 Allstate Roadside Services Selected as Roadside Assistance Provider to Help Protect Lyft Drivers <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document</strong><p>Ride-hailing continues to grow in popularity; whether you're a commuter looking for ways to save on transportation or protect the planet, or a driver trying to set your own schedule and make some extra cash.</p> <p>Drivers with Lyft are getting a new perk. Allstate Roadside Services (ARS), one of the nation's leading providers of roadside assistance, is announcing it is offering 24/7 pay-per-use roadside assistance to drivers on the Lyft platform, if they find themselves needing help while on the road.</p> <p>"We're very excited and honored to be selected as Lyft's new U.S. roadside assistance provider," said Pam Dufour, president of Allstate Roadside Services. "We're committed to delivering exceptional service for all drivers of Lyft and their roadside assistance needs."</p> <p>While no one wants to face a breakdown, it's best to be prepared. Drivers will be able to contact Allstate for a tow, tire change, fuel delivery, lockout or battery jump.</p> <p>"In just three years, Lyft has become an integral part of Americans' everyday transportation needs," said Oliver Hsiang, VP Partnerships at Lyft. "We are thrilled to see industry leaders like Allstate at the forefront of creating innovative solutions to protect&nbsp;drivers and passengers."</p> <p>"Allstate is on the leading edge of product and service innovation in our industry and beyond," said Dufour. "Innovation is a critical element of our effort to provide a complete customer experience that emphasizes service, connectedness, safety, preparedness and security."</p> <p>Allstate Roadside Services has provided roadside assistance for more than 50 years. ARS administers roadside assistance through Allstate Motor Club.</p> <p><strong>About Lyft</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.lyft.com/" target="_blank">Lyft</a>&nbsp;is an app for welcoming affordable rides within minutes. Simply download the app for iPhone or Android, then request a ride with the tap of a button and a friendly driver will be on the way. All payment is handled through the app using your credit card of choice. Safety is a top priority for Lyft, and we've implemented strict safety criteria to protect the community. Lyft launched in June 2012 and is now in more than 65 cities across the country.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p># &nbsp;# &nbsp;#</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>April Eaton<br /> Allstate<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Allstate “Reality Rides®” Rolls into Syracuse to Combat Distracted Driving at Onondaga Community College <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate "Reality Rides&reg;" made a pit-stop at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse on its tour of 25 cities across America. Reality Rides is a distracted driving simulator that aims to prevent these avoidable collisions. In its third year, the campaign builds awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and offers tips and information on how to be safer behind the wheel. This is only the second stop in New York state the simulator has made this year.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is a safe and compelling way for Syracuse motorists to see the impact distractions have on their driving," said Andrew Sikora, a local Liverpool Allstate agency owner. "The goal of Reality Rides is to help eliminate the more than 3,000 lives lost and 400,000 injuries nationally caused by distracted driver related collisions each year."</p> <p>A survey of more than 4,500 people who experienced Reality Rides' simulation shows that 69 percent learned more about distracted driving, and 85 percent found the program "fun and effective."</p> <p>Reality Rides features a real but stationary car equipped with virtual reality technology that displays a responsive animated environment on a curved LED television embedded in the windshield. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions. Participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life, and have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to not text and drive.</p> <p><strong>Curbing Bad Habits</strong><br /> Allstate Reality Rides tours surveyed participants before experiencing the simulator and found they "get" how distracted driving is dangerous, yet many didn't make attempts to curb their behaviors:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Nearly 60 percent admit to talking on the phone and 43 percent admit to texting while driving at least "sometimes" if not more.</li> <li>Nearly seven-in-10 rate their ability to text or talk on the phone while driving as "fair" or "poor" as opposed to "the same," "good" or "excellent."</li> <li>Two-thirds of drivers claimed their knowledge of texting's impairment effect was average or above.</li> <li>A large majority (85 percent) think texting and distracted driving is the same or more dangerous than drunk driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen Safe Driving:</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Distracted driving is attributed to about 16 percent of all car collisions.<sup>ii</sup> </li> <li>Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash<sup>i</sup>, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.<sup>ii</sup></li> <li>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 11-27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.<sup>i</sup> </li> <li>Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 30 percent in the states where they have been adopted.<sup>iii</sup></li> <li>Research from The Allstate Foundation's "License to Save" report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.<sup>iii</sup></li> </ul> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt" target="_blank">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p>Onondaga Community College is a two-year college located on a 280-acre campus in Syracuse, NY. OCC operates under the State University of New York (SUNY) system and is locally sponsored by Onondaga County. Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees are available on campus through the Regional Higher Education Center. During the 2014-15 academic year OCC was named a "Military Friendly" school by G.I. Jobs Magazine for its service to student veterans, and a "Green College" by the Princeton Review for its commitment to environmental responsibility. A 2015 report titled "Demonstrating the Value of Onondaga Community College shows students enjoy an attractive 17.5% rate of return on their educational investment. For every dollar of support from state and local governments, taxpayers see a return of $4.90 on their investments. OCC's 17 athletics teams have won 13 national championships. The men's lacrosse team won its seventh consecutive NJCAA national title in 2015. Learn more about what's happening on campus at <a href="http://www.sunyocc.edu" target="_blank">www.news.sunyocc.edu</a>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> 631-233-6048<br /> ckelx@allstate.com</p> <p><sup>i</sup><em> Setting Limits, Saving Lives &ndash; The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at </em><a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov" target="_blank"><em>www.nhtsa.dot.gov</em></a><em> and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, available at </em><a href="http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf" target="_blank"><em>www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf</em></a></p> <p><sup>ii</sup> <em>Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, "NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors"</em></p> <p><sup>iii</sup><em> January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:38:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/69f9b017-61d2-4c4d-ab44-88ca8c8b3197 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/69f9b017-61d2-4c4d-ab44-88ca8c8b3197 Allstate “Reality Rides®” Rolls into Syracuse to Combat Distracted Driving at Onondaga Community College <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate "Reality Rides&reg;" made a pit-stop at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse on its tour of 25 cities across America. Reality Rides is a distracted driving simulator that aims to prevent these avoidable collisions. In its third year, the campaign builds awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and offers tips and information on how to be safer behind the wheel. This is only the second stop in New York state the simulator has made this year.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is a safe and compelling way for Syracuse motorists to see the impact distractions have on their driving," said Andrew Sikora, a local Liverpool Allstate agency owner. "The goal of Reality Rides is to help eliminate the more than 3,000 lives lost and 400,000 injuries nationally caused by distracted driver related collisions each year."</p> <p>A survey of more than 4,500 people who experienced Reality Rides' simulation shows that 69 percent learned more about distracted driving, and 85 percent found the program "fun and effective."</p> <p>Reality Rides features a real but stationary car equipped with virtual reality technology that displays a responsive animated environment on a curved LED television embedded in the windshield. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions. Participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life, and have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to not text and drive.</p> <p><strong>Curbing Bad Habits</strong><br /> Allstate Reality Rides tours surveyed participants before experiencing the simulator and found they "get" how distracted driving is dangerous, yet many didn't make attempts to curb their behaviors:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Nearly 60 percent admit to talking on the phone and 43 percent admit to texting while driving at least "sometimes" if not more.</li> <li>Nearly seven-in-10 rate their ability to text or talk on the phone while driving as "fair" or "poor" as opposed to "the same," "good" or "excellent."</li> <li>Two-thirds of drivers claimed their knowledge of texting's impairment effect was average or above.</li> <li>A large majority (85 percent) think texting and distracted driving is the same or more dangerous than drunk driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen Safe Driving:</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Distracted driving is attributed to about 16 percent of all car collisions.<sup>ii</sup> </li> <li>Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash<sup>i</sup>, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.<sup>ii</sup></li> <li>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 11-27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.<sup>i</sup> </li> <li>Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 30 percent in the states where they have been adopted.<sup>iii</sup></li> <li>Research from The Allstate Foundation's "License to Save" report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.<sup>iii</sup></li> </ul> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt" target="_blank">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p>Onondaga Community College is a two-year college located on a 280-acre campus in Syracuse, NY. OCC operates under the State University of New York (SUNY) system and is locally sponsored by Onondaga County. Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees are available on campus through the Regional Higher Education Center. During the 2014-15 academic year OCC was named a "Military Friendly" school by G.I. Jobs Magazine for its service to student veterans, and a "Green College" by the Princeton Review for its commitment to environmental responsibility. A 2015 report titled "Demonstrating the Value of Onondaga Community College shows students enjoy an attractive 17.5% rate of return on their educational investment. For every dollar of support from state and local governments, taxpayers see a return of $4.90 on their investments. OCC's 17 athletics teams have won 13 national championships. The men's lacrosse team won its seventh consecutive NJCAA national title in 2015. Learn more about what's happening on campus at <a href="http://www.sunyocc.edu" target="_blank">www.news.sunyocc.edu</a>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> 631-233-6048<br /> ckelx@allstate.com</p> <p><sup>i</sup><em> Setting Limits, Saving Lives &ndash; The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at </em><a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov" target="_blank"><em>www.nhtsa.dot.gov</em></a><em> and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, available at </em><a href="http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf" target="_blank"><em>www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf</em></a></p> <p><sup>ii</sup> <em>Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, "NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors"</em></p> <p><sup>iii</sup><em> January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> Allstate “Reality Rides®” Rolls into Syracuse to Combat Distracted Driving at Onondaga Community College <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/814e/c8c1/814ec8c1-0a24-42e0-982d-07e58b8d032f-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate “Reality Rides®” Rolls into Syracuse to Combat Distracted Driving at Onondaga Community College Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:37:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-reality-rides-rolls-into-syracuse-to-combat-dis http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-reality-rides-rolls-into-syracuse-to-combat-dis Allstate “Reality Rides®” Rolls into Syracuse to Combat Distracted Driving at Onondaga Community College <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/814e/c8c1/814ec8c1-0a24-42e0-982d-07e58b8d032f-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate “Reality Rides®” Rolls into Syracuse to Combat Distracted Driving at Onondaga Community College Allstate Insurance Company Files $5.7 Million Health Care Fraud Lawsuit Against No-Fault Professional Corporations and Owners Allstate looks to recover $5.7 million in No-Fault Insurance fraud case.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company is seeking to recover more than $5.7 million in damages and more than $11 million in treble damages against eighteen professional corporations, including Action Chiropractic, P.C., Axial Chiropractic, P.C., Better Health Care Chiropractic, P.C., Bronx Chiropractic Services, P.C., Compas Medical, P.C., Dovphil Anesthesiology Group, P.L.L.C., Flatbush Chiropractic, P.C., Great Medical Services, P.C., JCC Medical, P.C., Manhattan Comprehensive Medicine, P.C., Modern Chiropractic, P.C., New York Office Based, P.C. formerly known as New York Office Based Surgery, P.C., New York Vein Center, L.L.C., Park Avenue Comprehensive Medical, P.L.L.C., Park Slope Advanced Medical, P.L.L.C., Phildov Anesthesiology Group, P.C., Professional Chiropractic Care, P.C., and T&amp;J Chiropractic, P.C., in its second insurance fraud lawsuit of 2015. Since 2003, Allstate has filed 62 fraud lawsuits in New York State seeking more than $280 million in damages.</p> <p>The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against the following defendants: Zenaida Reyes-Arguelles, Bruce Bromberg, D.C., Jean Claude Compas, M.D., Varuzhan Dovlatyan, M.D., David Glass, M.D., Robert Klass, D.C., Rose Marie Phillip, M.D., Minal Jasvant Shah, M.D., Robert Super, D.C., Diana Vavikova, D.C., Guy Villano, D.C., Action Chiropractic, P.C., Allcare Practice Management, Inc., Axial Chiropractic, P.C., Better Health Care Chiropractic, P.C., Bronx Chiropractic Services, P.C., Compas Medical, P.C., Dovphil Anesthesiology Group, P.L.L.C., Flatbush Chiropractic, P.C., Great Medical Services, P.C., JCC Medical, P.C., Manhattan Comprehensive Medicine, P.C., Modern Chiropractic, P.C., New York Office Based, P.C. formerly known as New York Office Based Surgery, P.C., New York Vein Center, L.L.C., Park Avenue Comprehensive Medical, P.L.L.C., Park Slope Advanced Medical, P.L.L.C., Phildov Anesthesiology Group, P.C., Professional Chiropractic Care, P.C., and T&amp;J Chiropractic, P.C.</p> <p>It alleges that the PCs acted in concert to defraud Allstate for reimbursement of unnecessary procedures by chiropractors and physicians at various locations throughout New York City and Long Island. Some of the defendants were accredited to perform office-based surgery within the state of New York, and permitted the chiropractors to perform the procedures in such offices. The fraudulent scheme continued through the formation of at least one fraudulently incorporated office based surgery practice in violation of New York State Law. The complaint also alleges that the professional corporations submitted fraudulent and misleading invoices and records to Allstate for reimbursement under New York State's no-fault law notwithstanding that they were not entitled to be paid due to the services not being necessary or not being provided as billed. The complaint alleges that certain electrodiagnostic tests provided to patients by two professional corporations contained physiologically impossible and duplicative test results in an attempt to seek reimbursement under the New York State no-fault system.</p> <p>According to the Insurance Information Institute, no-fault fraud is costing New Yorkers millions of dollars year-after-year. "In essence, honest hardworking New Yorkers are paying a "<strong>fraud tax</strong>," said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate spokesperson. "We need lawmakers to enact meaningful insurance reform that puts the citizens of New York first."</p> <p>Allstate is joined by other insurers and many New York State leaders in its pursuit for comprehensive reform of the no-fault system. "The no-fault system is being exploited and responsible citizens are the victims," Darrohn said. "Without the support of lawmakers, incidents of fraud will continue to increase. We need to work together this legislative session to fix the broken no-fault system."</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Christina Kelly<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:09:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f32382bf-f106-4cf1-97d0-e4b3b0c144b1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f32382bf-f106-4cf1-97d0-e4b3b0c144b1 Allstate Insurance Company Files $5.7 Million Health Care Fraud Lawsuit Against No-Fault Professional Corporations and Owners Allstate looks to recover $5.7 million in No-Fault Insurance fraud case.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company is seeking to recover more than $5.7 million in damages and more than $11 million in treble damages against eighteen professional corporations, including Action Chiropractic, P.C., Axial Chiropractic, P.C., Better Health Care Chiropractic, P.C., Bronx Chiropractic Services, P.C., Compas Medical, P.C., Dovphil Anesthesiology Group, P.L.L.C., Flatbush Chiropractic, P.C., Great Medical Services, P.C., JCC Medical, P.C., Manhattan Comprehensive Medicine, P.C., Modern Chiropractic, P.C., New York Office Based, P.C. formerly known as New York Office Based Surgery, P.C., New York Vein Center, L.L.C., Park Avenue Comprehensive Medical, P.L.L.C., Park Slope Advanced Medical, P.L.L.C., Phildov Anesthesiology Group, P.C., Professional Chiropractic Care, P.C., and T&amp;J Chiropractic, P.C., in its second insurance fraud lawsuit of 2015. Since 2003, Allstate has filed 62 fraud lawsuits in New York State seeking more than $280 million in damages.</p> <p>The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against the following defendants: Zenaida Reyes-Arguelles, Bruce Bromberg, D.C., Jean Claude Compas, M.D., Varuzhan Dovlatyan, M.D., David Glass, M.D., Robert Klass, D.C., Rose Marie Phillip, M.D., Minal Jasvant Shah, M.D., Robert Super, D.C., Diana Vavikova, D.C., Guy Villano, D.C., Action Chiropractic, P.C., Allcare Practice Management, Inc., Axial Chiropractic, P.C., Better Health Care Chiropractic, P.C., Bronx Chiropractic Services, P.C., Compas Medical, P.C., Dovphil Anesthesiology Group, P.L.L.C., Flatbush Chiropractic, P.C., Great Medical Services, P.C., JCC Medical, P.C., Manhattan Comprehensive Medicine, P.C., Modern Chiropractic, P.C., New York Office Based, P.C. formerly known as New York Office Based Surgery, P.C., New York Vein Center, L.L.C., Park Avenue Comprehensive Medical, P.L.L.C., Park Slope Advanced Medical, P.L.L.C., Phildov Anesthesiology Group, P.C., Professional Chiropractic Care, P.C., and T&amp;J Chiropractic, P.C.</p> <p>It alleges that the PCs acted in concert to defraud Allstate for reimbursement of unnecessary procedures by chiropractors and physicians at various locations throughout New York City and Long Island. Some of the defendants were accredited to perform office-based surgery within the state of New York, and permitted the chiropractors to perform the procedures in such offices. The fraudulent scheme continued through the formation of at least one fraudulently incorporated office based surgery practice in violation of New York State Law. The complaint also alleges that the professional corporations submitted fraudulent and misleading invoices and records to Allstate for reimbursement under New York State's no-fault law notwithstanding that they were not entitled to be paid due to the services not being necessary or not being provided as billed. The complaint alleges that certain electrodiagnostic tests provided to patients by two professional corporations contained physiologically impossible and duplicative test results in an attempt to seek reimbursement under the New York State no-fault system.</p> <p>According to the Insurance Information Institute, no-fault fraud is costing New Yorkers millions of dollars year-after-year. "In essence, honest hardworking New Yorkers are paying a "<strong>fraud tax</strong>," said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate spokesperson. "We need lawmakers to enact meaningful insurance reform that puts the citizens of New York first."</p> <p>Allstate is joined by other insurers and many New York State leaders in its pursuit for comprehensive reform of the no-fault system. "The no-fault system is being exploited and responsible citizens are the victims," Darrohn said. "Without the support of lawmakers, incidents of fraud will continue to increase. We need to work together this legislative session to fix the broken no-fault system."</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Christina Kelly<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a> &nbsp;</p> The Allstate Foundation Supports Rochelle Tornado Recovery Efforts Allstate Foundation to Donate $10,000 to the Rochelle Area Community Foundation<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Today, The Allstate Foundation announced a donation of $10,000 to the Rochelle Area Community Foundation to support ongoing recovery efforts stemming from the April 9, 2015 tornado.</p> <p>"The Allstate Foundation would like to thank the Rochelle Area Community Foundation for its efforts in supporting individuals and the greater community affected by the tornado in Rochelle," said Alice Byrne, field senior vice president of Allstate's Midwest Region. "They have been working tirelessly to help make families whole again. The Allstate Foundation recognizes the resources and efforts of the Rochelle Area Community Foundation and is proud to support them as they help the community recover."</p> <p>Allstate's presence in Rochelle is anchored by 20 employees at the company's data center and several local agency owners who help protect customers from life's uncertainties.</p> <p>"We are very grateful for The Allstate Foundation's generous donation," said Kim Montgomery, executive director of the Rochelle Area Community Foundation. "We have learned that the recovery process could take up to two years, and there will be many needs and issues to respond to over the period of time. Donations like this will help ensure that we will be able to meet those future needs."</p> <p>Allstate and The Allstate Foundation have a strong philanthropic presence throughout the country and give back to the communities they serve. Proceeds from the donation will help fund repairs, replace damaged property and assist members of the community in need.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About The Rochelle Area Community Foundation</strong> <br /> <a href="http://rochellefoundation.org/index.html" target="_blank">The Rochelle Area Community Foundation</a> offers an opportunity for individuals, families, and businesses to leave a legacy for future generations that will sustain the quality of life which we have enjoyed for decades. The Community Foundation is a public, charitable organization designed to attract gifts that will be shared with Rochelle Area non-profit organizations for the benefit of the entire community.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Lana Simon<br /> Allstate<br /> 847-727-8177</p> <p>Jennifer Thompson<br /> Rochelle Area Community Foundation<br /> 815-561-2006</p> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:26:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5ca7dbf1-d541-40ea-84f2-0d382bdcea89 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5ca7dbf1-d541-40ea-84f2-0d382bdcea89 The Allstate Foundation Supports Rochelle Tornado Recovery Efforts Allstate Foundation to Donate $10,000 to the Rochelle Area Community Foundation<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Today, The Allstate Foundation announced a donation of $10,000 to the Rochelle Area Community Foundation to support ongoing recovery efforts stemming from the April 9, 2015 tornado.</p> <p>"The Allstate Foundation would like to thank the Rochelle Area Community Foundation for its efforts in supporting individuals and the greater community affected by the tornado in Rochelle," said Alice Byrne, field senior vice president of Allstate's Midwest Region. "They have been working tirelessly to help make families whole again. The Allstate Foundation recognizes the resources and efforts of the Rochelle Area Community Foundation and is proud to support them as they help the community recover."</p> <p>Allstate's presence in Rochelle is anchored by 20 employees at the company's data center and several local agency owners who help protect customers from life's uncertainties.</p> <p>"We are very grateful for The Allstate Foundation's generous donation," said Kim Montgomery, executive director of the Rochelle Area Community Foundation. "We have learned that the recovery process could take up to two years, and there will be many needs and issues to respond to over the period of time. Donations like this will help ensure that we will be able to meet those future needs."</p> <p>Allstate and The Allstate Foundation have a strong philanthropic presence throughout the country and give back to the communities they serve. Proceeds from the donation will help fund repairs, replace damaged property and assist members of the community in need.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About The Rochelle Area Community Foundation</strong> <br /> <a href="http://rochellefoundation.org/index.html" target="_blank">The Rochelle Area Community Foundation</a> offers an opportunity for individuals, families, and businesses to leave a legacy for future generations that will sustain the quality of life which we have enjoyed for decades. The Community Foundation is a public, charitable organization designed to attract gifts that will be shared with Rochelle Area non-profit organizations for the benefit of the entire community.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Lana Simon<br /> Allstate<br /> 847-727-8177</p> <p>Jennifer Thompson<br /> Rochelle Area Community Foundation<br /> 815-561-2006</p> Allstate Offers Insurance Claims Help for Customers Affected by the Idaho Wildfire <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate is committed to helping residents begin the rebuilding process following the Chelan Complex<strong> </strong>wildfire. Claims personnel are on the ground in the affected areas to help customers begin the claims process.</p> <p>Allstate customers whose homes or automobiles have been damaged or destroyed by this wildfire, or who were ordered by civil authorities to leave their homes can file a claim using one of the following methods:</p> <ul> <li>Call Allstate at <strong>1-800-54-STORM (1-800-547-8676)</strong></li> <li>Call or visit an <strong>Allstate agent</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.allstate.com/claims/report-claim.aspx" target="_blank">Report a claim online</a></strong></li> </ul> <p>Remember, personal safety comes first. If it's safe to do so, consider the following tips when returning to homes in the fire affected areas:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Review your homeowners' policy for additional living expense coverage.</strong> Customers who were ordered to leave their homes by civil authorities may be eligible for Additional Living Expenses (ALE). Please check your homeowner policy to see what coverage it provides. If you have any questions, please contact your agent or adjuster.</li> <li><strong>Make temporary repairs.</strong> Check your policy to see if it provides reimbursement for temporary repairs that are needed as a result of the fire to prevent further loss. Keep an accurate, detailed record of temporary repair costs to submit to your adjuster for possible reimbursement. </li> <li><strong>Review your automobile policy.</strong> Talk to your agent to determine whether or not your auto insurance policy provides coverage if your vehicle is damaged by fire. <strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> <strong>Frank Clouser </strong> <br /> <a href="mailto:Frank.Clouser@allstate.com">Frank.Clouser@allstate.com</a> <br /> Mobile:&nbsp; 425-205-7190</p> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:37:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/998e27c1-3b01-46d1-9176-e0a5ab1a05a9 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/998e27c1-3b01-46d1-9176-e0a5ab1a05a9 Allstate Offers Insurance Claims Help for Customers Affected by the Idaho Wildfire <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate is committed to helping residents begin the rebuilding process following the Chelan Complex<strong> </strong>wildfire. Claims personnel are on the ground in the affected areas to help customers begin the claims process.</p> <p>Allstate customers whose homes or automobiles have been damaged or destroyed by this wildfire, or who were ordered by civil authorities to leave their homes can file a claim using one of the following methods:</p> <ul> <li>Call Allstate at <strong>1-800-54-STORM (1-800-547-8676)</strong></li> <li>Call or visit an <strong>Allstate agent</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.allstate.com/claims/report-claim.aspx" target="_blank">Report a claim online</a></strong></li> </ul> <p>Remember, personal safety comes first. If it's safe to do so, consider the following tips when returning to homes in the fire affected areas:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Review your homeowners' policy for additional living expense coverage.</strong> Customers who were ordered to leave their homes by civil authorities may be eligible for Additional Living Expenses (ALE). Please check your homeowner policy to see what coverage it provides. If you have any questions, please contact your agent or adjuster.</li> <li><strong>Make temporary repairs.</strong> Check your policy to see if it provides reimbursement for temporary repairs that are needed as a result of the fire to prevent further loss. Keep an accurate, detailed record of temporary repair costs to submit to your adjuster for possible reimbursement. </li> <li><strong>Review your automobile policy.</strong> Talk to your agent to determine whether or not your auto insurance policy provides coverage if your vehicle is damaged by fire. <strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> <strong>Frank Clouser </strong> <br /> <a href="mailto:Frank.Clouser@allstate.com">Frank.Clouser@allstate.com</a> <br /> Mobile:&nbsp; 425-205-7190</p> Allstate Offers Insurance Claims Help for Customers Affected by the Chelan Complex Wildfire <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate is committed to helping residents begin the rebuilding process following the Chelan Complex<strong> </strong>wildfire. Claims personnel are on the ground in the affected areas to help customers begin the claims process.</p> <p>Allstate customers whose homes or automobiles have been damaged or destroyed by this wildfire, or who were ordered by civil authorities to leave their homes can file a claim using one of the following methods:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Visit Allstate claims personnel on-site at Morgen Owings Elementary between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. <ul type="circle"> <li>Morgen Owings Elementary is 407 E Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA&nbsp; 98816-9648</li> </ul> </li> <li>Call or visit an <strong>Allstate agent</strong></li> <li>Call Allstate at <strong>1-800-54-STORM (1-800-547-8676)</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.allstate.com/claims/report-claim.aspx" target="_blank">Report a claim online</a></strong></li> </ul> <p>Remember, personal safety comes first. If it's safe to do so, consider the following tips when returning to homes in the fire affected areas:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Review your homeowners' policy for additional living expense coverage.</strong> Customers who were ordered to leave their homes by civil authorities may be eligible for Additional Living Expenses (ALE). Please check your homeowner policy to see what coverage it provides. If you have any questions, please contact your agent or adjuster.</li> <li><strong>Make temporary repairs.</strong> Check your policy to see if it provides reimbursement for temporary repairs that are needed as a result of the fire to prevent further loss. Keep an accurate, detailed record of temporary repair costs to submit to your adjuster for possible reimbursement. </li> <li><strong>Review your automobile policy.</strong> Talk to your agent to determine whether or not your auto insurance policy provides coverage if your vehicle is damaged by fire.</li> </ul> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p>Contact:<br /> <strong>Frank Clouser </strong> <br /> <a href="mailto:Frank.Clouser@allstate.com">Frank.Clouser@allstate.com</a> <br /> Office: 425-489-5238<br /> Mobile: 425-205-7190</p> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:24:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/7cb98008-fec2-4929-a254-e27a3d52d3a4 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/7cb98008-fec2-4929-a254-e27a3d52d3a4 Allstate Offers Insurance Claims Help for Customers Affected by the Chelan Complex Wildfire <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate is committed to helping residents begin the rebuilding process following the Chelan Complex<strong> </strong>wildfire. Claims personnel are on the ground in the affected areas to help customers begin the claims process.</p> <p>Allstate customers whose homes or automobiles have been damaged or destroyed by this wildfire, or who were ordered by civil authorities to leave their homes can file a claim using one of the following methods:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Visit Allstate claims personnel on-site at Morgen Owings Elementary between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. <ul type="circle"> <li>Morgen Owings Elementary is 407 E Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA&nbsp; 98816-9648</li> </ul> </li> <li>Call or visit an <strong>Allstate agent</strong></li> <li>Call Allstate at <strong>1-800-54-STORM (1-800-547-8676)</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.allstate.com/claims/report-claim.aspx" target="_blank">Report a claim online</a></strong></li> </ul> <p>Remember, personal safety comes first. If it's safe to do so, consider the following tips when returning to homes in the fire affected areas:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Review your homeowners' policy for additional living expense coverage.</strong> Customers who were ordered to leave their homes by civil authorities may be eligible for Additional Living Expenses (ALE). Please check your homeowner policy to see what coverage it provides. If you have any questions, please contact your agent or adjuster.</li> <li><strong>Make temporary repairs.</strong> Check your policy to see if it provides reimbursement for temporary repairs that are needed as a result of the fire to prevent further loss. Keep an accurate, detailed record of temporary repair costs to submit to your adjuster for possible reimbursement. </li> <li><strong>Review your automobile policy.</strong> Talk to your agent to determine whether or not your auto insurance policy provides coverage if your vehicle is damaged by fire.</li> </ul> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p>Contact:<br /> <strong>Frank Clouser </strong> <br /> <a href="mailto:Frank.Clouser@allstate.com">Frank.Clouser@allstate.com</a> <br /> Office: 425-489-5238<br /> Mobile: 425-205-7190</p> Allstate Roadside Services Selected as Roadside Assistance Provider to Help Protect Lyft Drivers <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Ride-hailing continues to grow in popularity; whether you're a commuter looking for ways to save on transportation or protect the planet, or a driver trying to set your own schedule and make some extra cash.</p> <p>Drivers with Lyft are getting a new perk. Allstate Roadside Services (ARS), one of the nation's leading providers of roadside assistance, is announcing it is offering 24/7 pay-per-use roadside assistance to drivers on the Lyft platform, if they find themselves needing help while on the road.</p> <p>"We're very excited and honored to be selected as Lyft's new U.S. roadside assistance provider," said Pam Dufour, president of Allstate Roadside Services. "We're committed to delivering exceptional service for all drivers of Lyft and their roadside assistance needs."</p> <p>While no one wants to face a breakdown, it's best to be prepared. Drivers will be able to contact Allstate for a tow, tire change, fuel delivery, lockout or battery jump.</p> <p>"In just three years, Lyft has become an integral part of Americans' everyday transportation needs," said Oliver Hsiang, VP Partnerships at Lyft. "We are thrilled to see industry leaders like Allstate at the forefront of creating innovative solutions to protect drivers and passengers."</p> <p>"Allstate is on the leading edge of product and service innovation in our industry and beyond," said Dufour. "Innovation is a critical element of our effort to provide a complete customer experience that emphasizes service, connectedness, safety, preparedness and security."</p> <p>Allstate Roadside Services has provided roadside assistance for more than 50 years. ARS administers roadside assistance through Allstate Motor Club.</p> <p><strong>About Lyft</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.lyft.com/">Lyft</a> is an app for welcoming affordable rides within minutes. Simply download the app for iPhone or Android, then request a ride with the tap of a button and a friendly driver will be on the way. All payment is handled through the app using your credit card of choice. Safety is a top priority for Lyft, and we've implemented strict safety criteria to protect the community. Lyft launched in June 2012 and is now in more than 65 cities across the country.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">support local communities</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> April Eaton<br /> Allstate<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:49:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ff412472-b658-40ee-bdb9-4727fda5c20f http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ff412472-b658-40ee-bdb9-4727fda5c20f Allstate Roadside Services Selected as Roadside Assistance Provider to Help Protect Lyft Drivers <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Ride-hailing continues to grow in popularity; whether you're a commuter looking for ways to save on transportation or protect the planet, or a driver trying to set your own schedule and make some extra cash.</p> <p>Drivers with Lyft are getting a new perk. Allstate Roadside Services (ARS), one of the nation's leading providers of roadside assistance, is announcing it is offering 24/7 pay-per-use roadside assistance to drivers on the Lyft platform, if they find themselves needing help while on the road.</p> <p>"We're very excited and honored to be selected as Lyft's new U.S. roadside assistance provider," said Pam Dufour, president of Allstate Roadside Services. "We're committed to delivering exceptional service for all drivers of Lyft and their roadside assistance needs."</p> <p>While no one wants to face a breakdown, it's best to be prepared. Drivers will be able to contact Allstate for a tow, tire change, fuel delivery, lockout or battery jump.</p> <p>"In just three years, Lyft has become an integral part of Americans' everyday transportation needs," said Oliver Hsiang, VP Partnerships at Lyft. "We are thrilled to see industry leaders like Allstate at the forefront of creating innovative solutions to protect drivers and passengers."</p> <p>"Allstate is on the leading edge of product and service innovation in our industry and beyond," said Dufour. "Innovation is a critical element of our effort to provide a complete customer experience that emphasizes service, connectedness, safety, preparedness and security."</p> <p>Allstate Roadside Services has provided roadside assistance for more than 50 years. ARS administers roadside assistance through Allstate Motor Club.</p> <p><strong>About Lyft</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.lyft.com/">Lyft</a> is an app for welcoming affordable rides within minutes. Simply download the app for iPhone or Android, then request a ride with the tap of a button and a friendly driver will be on the way. All payment is handled through the app using your credit card of choice. Safety is a top priority for Lyft, and we've implemented strict safety criteria to protect the community. Lyft launched in June 2012 and is now in more than 65 cities across the country.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">support local communities</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> April Eaton<br /> Allstate<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Allstate Roadside Services is offering 24/7 pay-per-use roadside assistance to Lyft drivers, just in case they need help while on the road. <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/0175/8152/01758152-51b4-4cff-a7f2-523dc75ab44b-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Roadside Services is offering 24/7 pay-per-use roadside assistance to Lyft drivers, just in case they need help while on the road. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:49:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-roadside-services-is-offering-24-7-pay-per-use-roadside http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-roadside-services-is-offering-24-7-pay-per-use-roadside Allstate Roadside Services is offering 24/7 pay-per-use roadside assistance to Lyft drivers, just in case they need help while on the road. <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/0175/8152/01758152-51b4-4cff-a7f2-523dc75ab44b-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Roadside Services is offering 24/7 pay-per-use roadside assistance to Lyft drivers, just in case they need help while on the road. Allstate “Reality Rides®” Rolls into Iowa State Fair to Combat Distracted Driving <strong>This release contains: 6 Photos, 1 Related Document, 1 Video</strong><p>Allstate "Reality Rides&reg;" is making a pit-stop at the Iowa State Fair on its tour of 25 cities across America. Reality Rides is a distracted driving simulator that aims to prevent these avoidable collisions. In its third year, the campaign builds awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and offers tips and information on how to be safer behind the wheel.</p> <p>In 2013, there were 317 fatalities in Iowa. To help combat these tragedies, Reality Rides is coming to Des Moines, at the Iowa State Fair from 9:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m in the West Grand Exhibit area.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is a safe and compelling way for Iowa motorists see the impact distractions have on their driving," said Janel Ketelsen a local Allstate agency owner. "The goal of Reality Rides is to help eliminate the more than 3,000 lives lost and 400,000 injuries nationally caused by distracted driver related collisions each year."</p> <p>A survey of more than 4,500 people who experienced Reality Rides' simulation shows that 69 percent learned more about distracted driving, and 85 percent found the program "fun and effective."</p> <p>Reality Rides features a real but stationary car equipped with virtual reality technology that displays a responsive animated environment on a curved LED television embedded in the windshield. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions. Participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life, and have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to not text and drive.</p> <p><strong>Curbing Bad Habits</strong><br /> Allstate Reality Rides tours surveyed participants before experiencing the simulator and found they "get" how distracted driving is dangerous, yet many didn't make attempts to curb their behaviors:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Nearly 60 percent admit to talking on the phone and 43 percent admit to texting while driving at least "sometimes" if not more.</li> <li>Nearly seven-in-10 rate their ability to text or talk on the phone while driving as "fair" or "poor" as opposed to "the same," "good" or "excellent."</li> <li>Two-thirds of drivers claimed their knowledge of texting's impairment effect was average or above.</li> <li>A large majority (85 percent) think texting and distracted driving is the same or more dangerous than drunk driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Reality Rides Reach</strong><br /> After experiencing the Reality Rides simulation, participants answered another survey that gauged its reach in changing their road safety opinions:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Six-in-10 said they would "never text and drive," and another nearly one-third said they would "think twice about texting while driving."</li> <li>Majority of participants (58 percent) said they will not let others drive distracted or they will inform others of the dangers (almost 35 percent).</li> <li>A vast majority &ndash; 92 percent &ndash; said they are at least "slightly less likely" to ride with others who text or are distracted while driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen Safe Driving:</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Distracted driving is attributed to about 16 percent of all car collisions.<sup>ii</sup></li> <li>Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash<sup>i</sup>, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.<sup>ii</sup></li> <li>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 11-27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.<sup>i</sup></li> <li>Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 30 percent in the states where they have been adopted.<sup>iii</sup></li> <li>The Advocates for Highway &amp; Auto Safety found that the annual economic cost due to motor vehicle crashes in Iowa is $2.489 Bilion<sup>iv</sup></li> <li>Research from The Allstate Foundation's "License to Save" report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.<sup>iii</sup></li> </ul> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup>Setting Limits, Saving Lives &ndash; The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at <a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov">www.nhtsa.dot.gov</a> and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, available at <a href="http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf">www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf</a> <br /> <sup>ii</sup>Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, "NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors"<br /> <sup>iii</sup>January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"<br /> <sup>iv</sup>January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Halie Peddle<br /> <a href="mailto:hpedd@allstate.com">hpedd@allstate.com</a><br /> 303-808-0741</p> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:41:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/fbb6fcd3-7723-47d6-9aec-8fd0eb2c06ca http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/fbb6fcd3-7723-47d6-9aec-8fd0eb2c06ca Allstate “Reality Rides®” Rolls into Iowa State Fair to Combat Distracted Driving <strong>This release contains: 6 Photos, 1 Related Document, 1 Video</strong><p>Allstate "Reality Rides&reg;" is making a pit-stop at the Iowa State Fair on its tour of 25 cities across America. Reality Rides is a distracted driving simulator that aims to prevent these avoidable collisions. In its third year, the campaign builds awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and offers tips and information on how to be safer behind the wheel.</p> <p>In 2013, there were 317 fatalities in Iowa. To help combat these tragedies, Reality Rides is coming to Des Moines, at the Iowa State Fair from 9:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m in the West Grand Exhibit area.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is a safe and compelling way for Iowa motorists see the impact distractions have on their driving," said Janel Ketelsen a local Allstate agency owner. "The goal of Reality Rides is to help eliminate the more than 3,000 lives lost and 400,000 injuries nationally caused by distracted driver related collisions each year."</p> <p>A survey of more than 4,500 people who experienced Reality Rides' simulation shows that 69 percent learned more about distracted driving, and 85 percent found the program "fun and effective."</p> <p>Reality Rides features a real but stationary car equipped with virtual reality technology that displays a responsive animated environment on a curved LED television embedded in the windshield. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions. Participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life, and have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to not text and drive.</p> <p><strong>Curbing Bad Habits</strong><br /> Allstate Reality Rides tours surveyed participants before experiencing the simulator and found they "get" how distracted driving is dangerous, yet many didn't make attempts to curb their behaviors:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Nearly 60 percent admit to talking on the phone and 43 percent admit to texting while driving at least "sometimes" if not more.</li> <li>Nearly seven-in-10 rate their ability to text or talk on the phone while driving as "fair" or "poor" as opposed to "the same," "good" or "excellent."</li> <li>Two-thirds of drivers claimed their knowledge of texting's impairment effect was average or above.</li> <li>A large majority (85 percent) think texting and distracted driving is the same or more dangerous than drunk driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Reality Rides Reach</strong><br /> After experiencing the Reality Rides simulation, participants answered another survey that gauged its reach in changing their road safety opinions:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Six-in-10 said they would "never text and drive," and another nearly one-third said they would "think twice about texting while driving."</li> <li>Majority of participants (58 percent) said they will not let others drive distracted or they will inform others of the dangers (almost 35 percent).</li> <li>A vast majority &ndash; 92 percent &ndash; said they are at least "slightly less likely" to ride with others who text or are distracted while driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen Safe Driving:</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Distracted driving is attributed to about 16 percent of all car collisions.<sup>ii</sup></li> <li>Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash<sup>i</sup>, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.<sup>ii</sup></li> <li>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 11-27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.<sup>i</sup></li> <li>Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 30 percent in the states where they have been adopted.<sup>iii</sup></li> <li>The Advocates for Highway &amp; Auto Safety found that the annual economic cost due to motor vehicle crashes in Iowa is $2.489 Bilion<sup>iv</sup></li> <li>Research from The Allstate Foundation's "License to Save" report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.<sup>iii</sup></li> </ul> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup>Setting Limits, Saving Lives &ndash; The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at <a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov">www.nhtsa.dot.gov</a> and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, available at <a href="http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf">www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf</a> <br /> <sup>ii</sup>Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, "NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors"<br /> <sup>iii</sup>January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"<br /> <sup>iv</sup>January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Halie Peddle<br /> <a href="mailto:hpedd@allstate.com">hpedd@allstate.com</a><br /> 303-808-0741</p> Allstate Insurance Brings Disaster Preparedness to Honolulu Allstate to give away 900 free disaster preparedness kits, to raise awareness of disaster prep at Remodel it Right Expo this weekend<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>In the wake of tropical storm Hilda, local residents are invited to build a free disaster preparedness starter kit at the Remodel it Right Expo this Saturday, August 15.</p> <p>In the last 10 years, nearly 255 million people worldwide were affected by disasters and since 1980, weather-related disasters have increased by more than 230 percent.</p> <p>Last August, Iselle became only the second tropical storm to make landfall on the Big Island since 1950. In addition, hurricanes Julio and Ana also passed near the Hawaiian Islands in 2014. Hurricane Ana was one of only four hurricanes since 1950 to pass within 150 nautical miles of Honolulu, dumping locally heavy rain and generating high surf.</p> <p>And with Hilda passing south of the islands earlier this week, being prepared can mean just a few simple actions for any family.</p> <p>"Having a plan, building a kit, and talking to your family can make all the difference during a disaster," said Annie Gustafson, corporate relations manager, Allstate. "We owe ourselves and our families' peace of mind, and building a disaster kit this summer is one way to do that."</p> <p>Honolulu residents can stop by the Allstate booth, at the Remodel it Right Expo, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday to make a free starter kit for their family. Each kit includes first aid supplies, a flashlight, a water bottle and other items proven to help keep people safe in a disaster.</p> <p>"Although it's difficult to think about, a disaster could occur in any community at any time across the Hawaiian Islands," says Bradley Maruyama, local Allstate agent. "Many people&mdash;85 percent in fact&mdash;aren't prepared. Allstate is here to help Hawai'ian communities take charge and be less vulnerable in the event of a sudden disaster. Creating a kit for you and your family is step one."</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p><a href="mailto:Anne.Gustafson@allstate.com">Annie Gustafson</a> <br /> 425-892-4533<br /> <a href="mailto:Anne.Gustafson@allstate.com">Anne.Gustafson@allstate.com</a></p> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 17:28:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f9203980-d4a0-40e7-b26e-297d306d9c9f http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f9203980-d4a0-40e7-b26e-297d306d9c9f Allstate Insurance Brings Disaster Preparedness to Honolulu Allstate to give away 900 free disaster preparedness kits, to raise awareness of disaster prep at Remodel it Right Expo this weekend<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>In the wake of tropical storm Hilda, local residents are invited to build a free disaster preparedness starter kit at the Remodel it Right Expo this Saturday, August 15.</p> <p>In the last 10 years, nearly 255 million people worldwide were affected by disasters and since 1980, weather-related disasters have increased by more than 230 percent.</p> <p>Last August, Iselle became only the second tropical storm to make landfall on the Big Island since 1950. In addition, hurricanes Julio and Ana also passed near the Hawaiian Islands in 2014. Hurricane Ana was one of only four hurricanes since 1950 to pass within 150 nautical miles of Honolulu, dumping locally heavy rain and generating high surf.</p> <p>And with Hilda passing south of the islands earlier this week, being prepared can mean just a few simple actions for any family.</p> <p>"Having a plan, building a kit, and talking to your family can make all the difference during a disaster," said Annie Gustafson, corporate relations manager, Allstate. "We owe ourselves and our families' peace of mind, and building a disaster kit this summer is one way to do that."</p> <p>Honolulu residents can stop by the Allstate booth, at the Remodel it Right Expo, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday to make a free starter kit for their family. Each kit includes first aid supplies, a flashlight, a water bottle and other items proven to help keep people safe in a disaster.</p> <p>"Although it's difficult to think about, a disaster could occur in any community at any time across the Hawaiian Islands," says Bradley Maruyama, local Allstate agent. "Many people&mdash;85 percent in fact&mdash;aren't prepared. Allstate is here to help Hawai'ian communities take charge and be less vulnerable in the event of a sudden disaster. Creating a kit for you and your family is step one."</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p><a href="mailto:Anne.Gustafson@allstate.com">Annie Gustafson</a> <br /> 425-892-4533<br /> <a href="mailto:Anne.Gustafson@allstate.com">Anne.Gustafson@allstate.com</a></p> Allstate "Reality Rides®" Rolls into Oakland to Combat Distracted Driving <strong>This release contains: 5 Photos, 1 Related Document, 1 Video</strong><p>Allstate "Reality Rides&reg;" is making a pit-stop in California's Bay Area next Saturday on its tour of 25 cities across America. Reality Rides is a distracted driving simulator that aims to prevent these avoidable collisions. In its third year, the campaign builds awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and offers tips and information on how to be safer behind the wheel.</p> <p>In California in 2013, car crashes resulted in 3,000 fatalities, and for the 10-year period ending that year there were more than 34,000 car collision deaths. To help combat these tragedies, Reality Rides is coming to Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland on Saturday morning, August 15, as part of the Oakland Half-Marathon community festival. &nbsp;Reality Rides and the festival are open to the public from 7 a.m.-Noon.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is a safe and compelling way for Bay Area motorists see the impact that distractions have on their driving," said Dahlia Schonian, a Bay Area Allstate agency owner in San Leandro. "The goal of Reality Rides is to help eliminate the more than 3,000 lives lost and 400,000 injuries nationally caused by distracted driver related collisions each year."</p> <p>California Highway Patrol Oakland area office is joining Reality Rides as part of the simulation and bringing officers to engage drivers, runners and their friends and family at the race, and answer driving and public safety questions to enhance the overall driving simulation experience.</p> <p>Reality Rides features a real but stationary car equipped with virtual reality technology that displays a responsive animated environment on a curved LED television embedded in the windshield. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions. Participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life, and have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to not text and drive.</p> <p>A survey of more than 4,500 people who have experienced Reality Rides' simulation shows that 69 percent learned more about distracted driving, and 85 percent found the program "fun and effective."</p> <p><strong>Curbing Bad Habits</strong><br /> Allstate Reality Rides tours surveyed participants before experiencing the simulator and found they "get" how distracted driving is dangerous, yet many didn't make attempts to curb their behaviors:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Nearly 60 percent admit to talking on the phone and 43 percent admit to texting while driving at least "sometimes" if not more.</li> <li>Nearly seven-in-10 rate their ability to text or talk on the phone while driving as "fair" or "poor" as opposed to "the same," "good" or "excellent."</li> <li>Two-thirds of drivers claimed their knowledge of texting's impairment effect was average or above.</li> <li>A large majority (85 percent) think texting and distracted driving is the same or more dangerous than drunk driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Reality Rides Reach</strong><br /> After experiencing the Reality Rides simulation, participants answered another survey that gauged its reach in changing their road safety opinions:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Six-in-10 said they would "never text and drive," and another nearly one-third said they would "think twice about texting while driving."</li> <li>Majority of participants (58 percent) said they will not let others drive distracted or they will inform others of the dangers (almost 35 percent).</li> <li>A vast majority &ndash; 92 percent &ndash; said they are at least "slightly less likely" to ride with others who text or are distracted while driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen Safe Driving:</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Distracted driving is attributed to about 16 percent of all car collisions.<sup>ii</sup></li> <li>Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</li> <li>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 11-27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.<sup>i</sup> </li> <li>Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 30 percent in the states where they have been adopted.</li> <li>The Advocates for Highway &amp; Auto Safety found that the annual economic cost due to motor vehicle crashes in California is $22 billion.</li> <li>Research from The Allstate Foundation's "License to Save" report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.<sup>iii</sup></li> </ul> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt" target="_blank">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013-2014 survey of more than 4,500 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April 2013 through November of 2014 via 70 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; # &nbsp;#</p> <p><sup>i</sup><em>Setting Limits, Saving Lives &ndash; The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at </em><a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov" target="_blank"><em>www.nhtsa.dot.gov</em></a><em> and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, available at </em><a href="http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf" target="_blank"><em>www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf</em></a></p> <p><sup>ii</sup><em> Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, "NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors"</em></p> <p><sup>iii</sup><em> January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jim Klapthor<br /> (909) 612-6644<br /> <a href="mailto:Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com">Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com</a></p> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 15:07:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/41ef5e92-b0e2-4f6a-b944-b92e79defb37 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/41ef5e92-b0e2-4f6a-b944-b92e79defb37 Allstate "Reality Rides®" Rolls into Oakland to Combat Distracted Driving <strong>This release contains: 5 Photos, 1 Related Document, 1 Video</strong><p>Allstate "Reality Rides&reg;" is making a pit-stop in California's Bay Area next Saturday on its tour of 25 cities across America. Reality Rides is a distracted driving simulator that aims to prevent these avoidable collisions. In its third year, the campaign builds awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and offers tips and information on how to be safer behind the wheel.</p> <p>In California in 2013, car crashes resulted in 3,000 fatalities, and for the 10-year period ending that year there were more than 34,000 car collision deaths. To help combat these tragedies, Reality Rides is coming to Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland on Saturday morning, August 15, as part of the Oakland Half-Marathon community festival. &nbsp;Reality Rides and the festival are open to the public from 7 a.m.-Noon.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is a safe and compelling way for Bay Area motorists see the impact that distractions have on their driving," said Dahlia Schonian, a Bay Area Allstate agency owner in San Leandro. "The goal of Reality Rides is to help eliminate the more than 3,000 lives lost and 400,000 injuries nationally caused by distracted driver related collisions each year."</p> <p>California Highway Patrol Oakland area office is joining Reality Rides as part of the simulation and bringing officers to engage drivers, runners and their friends and family at the race, and answer driving and public safety questions to enhance the overall driving simulation experience.</p> <p>Reality Rides features a real but stationary car equipped with virtual reality technology that displays a responsive animated environment on a curved LED television embedded in the windshield. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions. Participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life, and have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to not text and drive.</p> <p>A survey of more than 4,500 people who have experienced Reality Rides' simulation shows that 69 percent learned more about distracted driving, and 85 percent found the program "fun and effective."</p> <p><strong>Curbing Bad Habits</strong><br /> Allstate Reality Rides tours surveyed participants before experiencing the simulator and found they "get" how distracted driving is dangerous, yet many didn't make attempts to curb their behaviors:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Nearly 60 percent admit to talking on the phone and 43 percent admit to texting while driving at least "sometimes" if not more.</li> <li>Nearly seven-in-10 rate their ability to text or talk on the phone while driving as "fair" or "poor" as opposed to "the same," "good" or "excellent."</li> <li>Two-thirds of drivers claimed their knowledge of texting's impairment effect was average or above.</li> <li>A large majority (85 percent) think texting and distracted driving is the same or more dangerous than drunk driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Reality Rides Reach</strong><br /> After experiencing the Reality Rides simulation, participants answered another survey that gauged its reach in changing their road safety opinions:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Six-in-10 said they would "never text and drive," and another nearly one-third said they would "think twice about texting while driving."</li> <li>Majority of participants (58 percent) said they will not let others drive distracted or they will inform others of the dangers (almost 35 percent).</li> <li>A vast majority &ndash; 92 percent &ndash; said they are at least "slightly less likely" to ride with others who text or are distracted while driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen Safe Driving:</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Distracted driving is attributed to about 16 percent of all car collisions.<sup>ii</sup></li> <li>Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</li> <li>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 11-27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.<sup>i</sup> </li> <li>Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 30 percent in the states where they have been adopted.</li> <li>The Advocates for Highway &amp; Auto Safety found that the annual economic cost due to motor vehicle crashes in California is $22 billion.</li> <li>Research from The Allstate Foundation's "License to Save" report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.<sup>iii</sup></li> </ul> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt" target="_blank">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013-2014 survey of more than 4,500 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April 2013 through November of 2014 via 70 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; # &nbsp;#</p> <p><sup>i</sup><em>Setting Limits, Saving Lives &ndash; The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at </em><a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov" target="_blank"><em>www.nhtsa.dot.gov</em></a><em> and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, available at </em><a href="http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf" target="_blank"><em>www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf</em></a></p> <p><sup>ii</sup><em> Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, "NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors"</em></p> <p><sup>iii</sup><em> January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jim Klapthor<br /> (909) 612-6644<br /> <a href="mailto:Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com">Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com</a></p> Allstate "Reality Rides®" Rolls into Fresno to Combat Distracted Driving <strong>This release contains: 6 Photos, 1 Related Document, 1 Video</strong><p>Allstate "Reality Rides&reg;" is making a pit-stop in California's Central Valley on Friday on its tour of 25 cities across America. Reality Rides is a distracted driving simulator that aims to prevent these avoidable collisions. In its third year, the campaign builds awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and offers tips and information on how to be safer behind the wheel.</p> <p>In California in 2013, car crashes resulted in 3,000 fatalities, and for the 10-year period ending that year there were more than 34,000 car collision deaths. To help combat these tragedies, Reality Rides is coming to Fresno on Friday, August 7, on the concourse of Chukchansi Park for the Fresno Grizzlies professional baseball game against Sacramento.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is a safe and compelling way for Central Valley motorists see the impact that distractions have on their driving," said Gary Gonzales, an Allstate agency owner in Fresno. "The goal of Reality Rides is to help eliminate the more than 3,000 lives lost and 400,000 injuries nationally caused by distracted driver related collisions each year."</p> <p>Fresno city police is joining Reality Rides as part of the simulation and bringing traffic officers on their department-issued motorcycles to engage fans at the ballgame, answer driving and public safety questions, and enhance the overall driving simulation experience.</p> <p>Reality Rides features a real but stationary car equipped with virtual reality technology that displays a responsive animated environment on a curved LED television embedded in the windshield. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions. Participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life, and have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to not text and drive.</p> <p>A survey of more than 4,500 people who have experienced Reality Rides' simulation shows that 69 percent learned more about distracted driving, and 85 percent found the program "fun and effective."</p> <p><strong>Curbing Bad Habits</strong><br /> Allstate Reality Rides tours surveyed participants before experiencing the simulator and found they "get" how distracted driving is dangerous, yet many didn't make attempts to curb their behaviors:</p> <ul> <li>Nearly 60 percent admit to talking on the phone and 43 percent admit to texting while driving at least "sometimes" if not more.</li> <li>Nearly seven-in-10 rate their ability to text or talk on the phone while driving as "fair" or "poor" as opposed to "the same," "good" or "excellent."</li> <li>Two-thirds of drivers claimed their knowledge of texting's impairment effect was average or above.</li> <li>A large majority (85 percent) think texting and distracted driving is the same or more dangerous than drunk driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Reality Rides Reach</strong><br /> After experiencing the Reality Rides simulation, participants answered another survey that gauged its reach in changing their road safety opinions:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Six-in-10 said they would "never text and drive," and another nearly one-third said they would "think twice about texting while driving."</li> <li>Majority of participants (58 percent) said they will not let others drive distracted or they will inform others of the dangers (almost 35 percent).</li> <li>A vast majority &ndash; 92 percent &ndash; said they are at least "slightly less likely" to ride with others who text or are distracted while driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen Safe Driving:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Distracted driving is attributed to about 16 percent of all car collisions.<sup>ii</sup></li> <li>Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash<sup>i</sup>, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers<sup>ii</sup>.</li> <li>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 11-27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.<sup>i</sup></li> <li>Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 30 percent in the states where they have been adopted.<sup>iii</sup></li> <li>The Advocates for Highway &amp; Auto Safety found that the annual economic cost due to motor vehicle crashes in California is $22 billion.</li> <li>Research from The Allstate Foundation's "License to Save" report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.<sup>iii</sup></li> </ul> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws. <strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013-2014 survey of more than 4,500 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April 2013 through November of 2014 via 70 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> Setting Limits, Saving Lives &ndash; The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at </em><a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov"><em>www.nhtsa.dot.gov</em></a><em> and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, available at </em><a href="http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf" target="_blank"><em>www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf</em></a></p> <p><em><sup>ii</sup> Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, "NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors"</em></p> <p><em><sup>iii</sup> January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Jim Klapthor<br /> (909) 612-6644<br /> <a href="mailto:Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com">Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com</a></p> Wed, 05 Aug 2015 17:20:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/92c2aa52-5923-482f-9ca3-cefad992c94e http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/92c2aa52-5923-482f-9ca3-cefad992c94e Allstate "Reality Rides®" Rolls into Fresno to Combat Distracted Driving <strong>This release contains: 6 Photos, 1 Related Document, 1 Video</strong><p>Allstate "Reality Rides&reg;" is making a pit-stop in California's Central Valley on Friday on its tour of 25 cities across America. Reality Rides is a distracted driving simulator that aims to prevent these avoidable collisions. In its third year, the campaign builds awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and offers tips and information on how to be safer behind the wheel.</p> <p>In California in 2013, car crashes resulted in 3,000 fatalities, and for the 10-year period ending that year there were more than 34,000 car collision deaths. To help combat these tragedies, Reality Rides is coming to Fresno on Friday, August 7, on the concourse of Chukchansi Park for the Fresno Grizzlies professional baseball game against Sacramento.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is a safe and compelling way for Central Valley motorists see the impact that distractions have on their driving," said Gary Gonzales, an Allstate agency owner in Fresno. "The goal of Reality Rides is to help eliminate the more than 3,000 lives lost and 400,000 injuries nationally caused by distracted driver related collisions each year."</p> <p>Fresno city police is joining Reality Rides as part of the simulation and bringing traffic officers on their department-issued motorcycles to engage fans at the ballgame, answer driving and public safety questions, and enhance the overall driving simulation experience.</p> <p>Reality Rides features a real but stationary car equipped with virtual reality technology that displays a responsive animated environment on a curved LED television embedded in the windshield. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions. Participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life, and have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to not text and drive.</p> <p>A survey of more than 4,500 people who have experienced Reality Rides' simulation shows that 69 percent learned more about distracted driving, and 85 percent found the program "fun and effective."</p> <p><strong>Curbing Bad Habits</strong><br /> Allstate Reality Rides tours surveyed participants before experiencing the simulator and found they "get" how distracted driving is dangerous, yet many didn't make attempts to curb their behaviors:</p> <ul> <li>Nearly 60 percent admit to talking on the phone and 43 percent admit to texting while driving at least "sometimes" if not more.</li> <li>Nearly seven-in-10 rate their ability to text or talk on the phone while driving as "fair" or "poor" as opposed to "the same," "good" or "excellent."</li> <li>Two-thirds of drivers claimed their knowledge of texting's impairment effect was average or above.</li> <li>A large majority (85 percent) think texting and distracted driving is the same or more dangerous than drunk driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Reality Rides Reach</strong><br /> After experiencing the Reality Rides simulation, participants answered another survey that gauged its reach in changing their road safety opinions:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Six-in-10 said they would "never text and drive," and another nearly one-third said they would "think twice about texting while driving."</li> <li>Majority of participants (58 percent) said they will not let others drive distracted or they will inform others of the dangers (almost 35 percent).</li> <li>A vast majority &ndash; 92 percent &ndash; said they are at least "slightly less likely" to ride with others who text or are distracted while driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen Safe Driving:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Distracted driving is attributed to about 16 percent of all car collisions.<sup>ii</sup></li> <li>Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash<sup>i</sup>, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers<sup>ii</sup>.</li> <li>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 11-27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.<sup>i</sup></li> <li>Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 30 percent in the states where they have been adopted.<sup>iii</sup></li> <li>The Advocates for Highway &amp; Auto Safety found that the annual economic cost due to motor vehicle crashes in California is $22 billion.</li> <li>Research from The Allstate Foundation's "License to Save" report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.<sup>iii</sup></li> </ul> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws. <strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013-2014 survey of more than 4,500 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April 2013 through November of 2014 via 70 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> Setting Limits, Saving Lives &ndash; The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at </em><a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov"><em>www.nhtsa.dot.gov</em></a><em> and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, available at </em><a href="http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf" target="_blank"><em>www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf</em></a></p> <p><em><sup>ii</sup> Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, "NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors"</em></p> <p><em><sup>iii</sup> January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Jim Klapthor<br /> (909) 612-6644<br /> <a href="mailto:Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com">Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com</a></p> Allstate Insurance Company Files $2.5 Million Medical Fraud Lawsuit Against Two New York Medical Corporations and their Layperson Owners <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company is seeking to recover more than $2.5 million from seven New York area defendants in its second insurance fraud lawsuit of 2015. Since 2003, Allstate has filed 62 fraud lawsuits in New York State seeking more than $280 million in damages.</p> <p>The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against the following defendants: Charles J. DeMarco, M.D., Delta Diagnostic Radiology, P.C., Avalon Radiology, P.C., Edward Gorshtein, Leonid Shusterman, Big Apple Managing Services, Inc., and Akkord Managing Services, Inc.</p> <p>The lawsuit alleges that Allstate has been wrongfully induced to pay more than $2.5 million in no-fault benefit payments to the named professional medical corporations even though these entities were never legally entitled to receive such payments. As alleged in the complaint, non-physicians Gorshtein and Shusterman, through their management companies, Big Apple Managing Services, Inc. and Akkord Managing Services, Inc., unlawfully controlled the named professional medical corporations through a series of "agreements" that gave Gorshtein and Shusterman substantial control over the operation and management of Delta, Avalon, and DeMarco, including the PCs' professional physician fees and profits. The lawsuit alleges that Gorshtein and Shusterman were legally prohibited from controlling the named professional medical corporations, and were also legally prohibited from sharing in any of the professional proceeds generated by these entities. Further allegations state that the defendants submitted bills to Allstate seeking payment for radiology services that were performed using an MRI machine that has been obsolete since at least 2004, and that produces images that are of no diagnostic use. The complaint also alleges that DeMarco&mdash;the purported sole owner of Delta and Avalon&mdash;did not actually practice medicine through either entity, and did not supervise the technicians who actually performed the taking of the MRI scans.</p> <p>According to the Insurance Information Institute, no-fault fraud is costing New Yorkers millions of dollars year-after-year. "In essence, honest hardworking New Yorkers are paying a "fraud tax," said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate spokesperson. "We need lawmakers to enact meaningful insurance reform that puts the citizens of New York first."</p> <p>Allstate is joined by other insurers and many New York State leaders in its pursuit for comprehensive reform of the no-fault system. "The no-fault system is being exploited and responsible citizens are the victims," Darrohn said. "Without the support of lawmakers, incidents of fraud will continue to increase. We need to work together this legislative session to fix the broken no-fault system."</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/life-insurance.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="https://www.esurance.com" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="https://www.answerfinancial.com/?a=retail" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>CONTACT:</strong></p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> 631-233-6048<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a></p> Wed, 05 Aug 2015 10:22:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/e1087e14-ff5c-4c86-89be-868d49055049 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/e1087e14-ff5c-4c86-89be-868d49055049 Allstate Insurance Company Files $2.5 Million Medical Fraud Lawsuit Against Two New York Medical Corporations and their Layperson Owners <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company is seeking to recover more than $2.5 million from seven New York area defendants in its second insurance fraud lawsuit of 2015. Since 2003, Allstate has filed 62 fraud lawsuits in New York State seeking more than $280 million in damages.</p> <p>The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against the following defendants: Charles J. DeMarco, M.D., Delta Diagnostic Radiology, P.C., Avalon Radiology, P.C., Edward Gorshtein, Leonid Shusterman, Big Apple Managing Services, Inc., and Akkord Managing Services, Inc.</p> <p>The lawsuit alleges that Allstate has been wrongfully induced to pay more than $2.5 million in no-fault benefit payments to the named professional medical corporations even though these entities were never legally entitled to receive such payments. As alleged in the complaint, non-physicians Gorshtein and Shusterman, through their management companies, Big Apple Managing Services, Inc. and Akkord Managing Services, Inc., unlawfully controlled the named professional medical corporations through a series of "agreements" that gave Gorshtein and Shusterman substantial control over the operation and management of Delta, Avalon, and DeMarco, including the PCs' professional physician fees and profits. The lawsuit alleges that Gorshtein and Shusterman were legally prohibited from controlling the named professional medical corporations, and were also legally prohibited from sharing in any of the professional proceeds generated by these entities. Further allegations state that the defendants submitted bills to Allstate seeking payment for radiology services that were performed using an MRI machine that has been obsolete since at least 2004, and that produces images that are of no diagnostic use. The complaint also alleges that DeMarco&mdash;the purported sole owner of Delta and Avalon&mdash;did not actually practice medicine through either entity, and did not supervise the technicians who actually performed the taking of the MRI scans.</p> <p>According to the Insurance Information Institute, no-fault fraud is costing New Yorkers millions of dollars year-after-year. "In essence, honest hardworking New Yorkers are paying a "fraud tax," said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate spokesperson. "We need lawmakers to enact meaningful insurance reform that puts the citizens of New York first."</p> <p>Allstate is joined by other insurers and many New York State leaders in its pursuit for comprehensive reform of the no-fault system. "The no-fault system is being exploited and responsible citizens are the victims," Darrohn said. "Without the support of lawmakers, incidents of fraud will continue to increase. We need to work together this legislative session to fix the broken no-fault system."</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/life-insurance.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="https://www.esurance.com" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="https://www.answerfinancial.com/?a=retail" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>CONTACT:</strong></p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> 631-233-6048<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a></p> Allstate Maintains Focus on Profitability <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2015.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=93125&amp;p=irol-qii2015" target="_blank">http://www.allstateinvestors.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=93125&amp;p=irol-qii2015</a></p> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:46:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/58ae5a2c-079b-4f1f-b162-57c0081e3ede http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/58ae5a2c-079b-4f1f-b162-57c0081e3ede Allstate Maintains Focus on Profitability <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2015.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=93125&amp;p=irol-qii2015" target="_blank">http://www.allstateinvestors.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=93125&amp;p=irol-qii2015</a></p> Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation Work Together To Benefit Historically Black Colleges and Universities Annual Quotes for Education Program Raises Up to $200,000 in Scholarship Funds for Current and Future HBCU Students<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate will donate up to $200,000 to the Tom Joyner Foundation as part of the company's Quotes for Education (QFE) program to support current and future generations of students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Between August 1 and November 30, 2015, Allstate will donate $10 per quote for every person who receives an insurance quote from a participating Allstate agent and mentions "Quotes for Education," or quotes online at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/HBCU" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/HBCU</a>.</p> <p>Funds raised through the program will be given to the Tom Joyner Foundation and earmarked for general scholarship funds to assist students attending HBCUs. Additionally, for the fourth year, HBCU supporters will have the chance to cast their vote on <a href="http://www.allstate.com/HBCU" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/HBCU</a> for the HBCU of their choice to receive an additional $50,000 in scholarship funding from Allstate.</p> <p>"HBCUs need support and funding now more than ever," said Cheryl Harris, senior vice president at Allstate and alumna of Florida A&amp;M University. "Our hope is that the HBCU community will join Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation in supporting this program that will create educational opportunities for the next generation of HBCU students."</p> <p>According to a <a href="http://www.jbhe.com/2014/11/tracking-black-student-graduation-rates-at-hbcus/" target="_blank">2014 study by <em>The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education</em></a>, half of the HBCUs surveyed have a black student graduation rate of 34 percent or lower within six years. Through the QFE program, Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation are challenging HBCU advocates to invest in the future of HBCUs across the country by giving back, honoring the distinct missions and legacies of their alma maters.</p> <p>"With more than 100 institutions across the country, HBCUs have a heritage and history worth investing in and protecting," says Tom Joyner, a Tuskegee University alumnus and chairman and founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation. "During these trying economic times, the annual scholarship gives hope and helps these students continue to strive for academic success. HBCUs are part of my DNA and I'm so glad to share the love, pride and passion that I have for the HBCU community and investing in future generations of HBCU graduates."</p> <p>In addition to its QFE partnership with the Tom Joyner Foundation, Allstate has been the title-sponsor of the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion for the past 11 years. Both of these programs are part of Allstate's year round commitment to programs that empower the African American community.</p> <p>To participate in the QFE program, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/HBCU" target="_blank">allstate.com/HBCU</a> to find a nearby participating agent, receive a quote online and for official rules.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p><strong>About The Tom Joyner Foundation</strong> <br /> The Tom Joyner Foundation (<a href="http://tomjoynerfoundation.org" target="_blank">http://tomjoynerfoundation.org</a>) was founded in 1998 as the brainchild of nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The mission of the Foundation is to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements. The Foundation has provided necessary support to every HBCU in its 18-year history to help sustain and preserve the legacies of these valuable institutions. Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending HBCUs. Additionally, the Foundation has recommended internships, offered matching grant support, and career development to deserving students.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> (847) 402-5600 <br /> <a href="mailto:laura.strykowski@allstate.com">laura.strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Nicole Murphy, Taylor <br /> (704) 644-6914<br /> <a href="mailto:nmurphy@taylorstrategy.com">nmurphy@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:02:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f288dafa-d334-4270-93b7-02f426543180 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f288dafa-d334-4270-93b7-02f426543180 Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation Work Together To Benefit Historically Black Colleges and Universities Annual Quotes for Education Program Raises Up to $200,000 in Scholarship Funds for Current and Future HBCU Students<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate will donate up to $200,000 to the Tom Joyner Foundation as part of the company's Quotes for Education (QFE) program to support current and future generations of students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Between August 1 and November 30, 2015, Allstate will donate $10 per quote for every person who receives an insurance quote from a participating Allstate agent and mentions "Quotes for Education," or quotes online at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/HBCU" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/HBCU</a>.</p> <p>Funds raised through the program will be given to the Tom Joyner Foundation and earmarked for general scholarship funds to assist students attending HBCUs. Additionally, for the fourth year, HBCU supporters will have the chance to cast their vote on <a href="http://www.allstate.com/HBCU" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/HBCU</a> for the HBCU of their choice to receive an additional $50,000 in scholarship funding from Allstate.</p> <p>"HBCUs need support and funding now more than ever," said Cheryl Harris, senior vice president at Allstate and alumna of Florida A&amp;M University. "Our hope is that the HBCU community will join Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation in supporting this program that will create educational opportunities for the next generation of HBCU students."</p> <p>According to a <a href="http://www.jbhe.com/2014/11/tracking-black-student-graduation-rates-at-hbcus/" target="_blank">2014 study by <em>The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education</em></a>, half of the HBCUs surveyed have a black student graduation rate of 34 percent or lower within six years. Through the QFE program, Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation are challenging HBCU advocates to invest in the future of HBCUs across the country by giving back, honoring the distinct missions and legacies of their alma maters.</p> <p>"With more than 100 institutions across the country, HBCUs have a heritage and history worth investing in and protecting," says Tom Joyner, a Tuskegee University alumnus and chairman and founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation. "During these trying economic times, the annual scholarship gives hope and helps these students continue to strive for academic success. HBCUs are part of my DNA and I'm so glad to share the love, pride and passion that I have for the HBCU community and investing in future generations of HBCU graduates."</p> <p>In addition to its QFE partnership with the Tom Joyner Foundation, Allstate has been the title-sponsor of the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion for the past 11 years. Both of these programs are part of Allstate's year round commitment to programs that empower the African American community.</p> <p>To participate in the QFE program, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/HBCU" target="_blank">allstate.com/HBCU</a> to find a nearby participating agent, receive a quote online and for official rules.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p><strong>About The Tom Joyner Foundation</strong> <br /> The Tom Joyner Foundation (<a href="http://tomjoynerfoundation.org" target="_blank">http://tomjoynerfoundation.org</a>) was founded in 1998 as the brainchild of nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The mission of the Foundation is to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements. The Foundation has provided necessary support to every HBCU in its 18-year history to help sustain and preserve the legacies of these valuable institutions. Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending HBCUs. Additionally, the Foundation has recommended internships, offered matching grant support, and career development to deserving students.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> (847) 402-5600 <br /> <a href="mailto:laura.strykowski@allstate.com">laura.strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Nicole Murphy, Taylor <br /> (704) 644-6914<br /> <a href="mailto:nmurphy@taylorstrategy.com">nmurphy@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> Safe Boating Keeps Focus on Fun Allstate highlights ways to stay safe and what to do in case of an accident<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Even safe boaters encounter mishaps on the water. Allstate national data shows the most common boat claims are striking a submerged object and collision with another boat.</p> <p>With increasing boating activity on the water during the summer, Allstate reminds boaters that it is a good time to refresh their boating safety knowledge, assess local water levels and to review boating regulations.</p> <p>Allstate created a video to share tips on <a href="http://www.allstate.com/boat-insurance/safety-tips.aspx#top" target="_blank">boating safety</a>. These recommendations include:</p> <ul> <li>Be considerate of your fellow boaters </li> <li>Let someone know where you're going and how long you expect to be away </li> <li>Always have a life preserver for everyone on board and one throwable flotation device </li> <li>Carry a working VHF radio that is monitored by U.S. Coast Guard and all maritime law enforcement </li> <li>Have a navigation system such as a GPS and carry a backup paper chart </li> </ul> <p>"While having fun is a priority on the water, these simple tips can help boaters stay safe," said Mark Tucker, an Allstate agency owner. "In addition to keeping you safe, there may also be a discount on your boat insurance for completing a boating education course."</p> <p>Allstate has a PDF link on its boating website, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/resources/Allstate/attachments/tools-and-resources/allstate-boat-insurance-made-simple.pdf" target="_blank">understanding boat insurance</a>, which offers a checklist for what to do in case of an accident. Some of these actions to follow are:</p> <ul> <li>Stay calm</li> <li>Determine the extent of any injuries or damage and, if needed, obtain medical assistance</li> <li>Call the police to file an accident report</li> <li>Don't leave the accident scene unless your physical safety is at risk</li> <li>Get the facts and essential details at the scene &ndash; (See checklist for full list of accident information essentials)</li> </ul> <p>Staying safe and protecting your investment is something Allstate knows a lot about. Talk to an <a href="http://allstateagencies.com/" target="_blank">Allstate agent</a> near you for help choosing a policy that meets your needs.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Christin Accomando<br /> 972-871-1704</p> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/34d236e5-8830-4bee-90fe-2b2b80301ae8 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/34d236e5-8830-4bee-90fe-2b2b80301ae8 Safe Boating Keeps Focus on Fun Allstate highlights ways to stay safe and what to do in case of an accident<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Even safe boaters encounter mishaps on the water. Allstate national data shows the most common boat claims are striking a submerged object and collision with another boat.</p> <p>With increasing boating activity on the water during the summer, Allstate reminds boaters that it is a good time to refresh their boating safety knowledge, assess local water levels and to review boating regulations.</p> <p>Allstate created a video to share tips on <a href="http://www.allstate.com/boat-insurance/safety-tips.aspx#top" target="_blank">boating safety</a>. These recommendations include:</p> <ul> <li>Be considerate of your fellow boaters </li> <li>Let someone know where you're going and how long you expect to be away </li> <li>Always have a life preserver for everyone on board and one throwable flotation device </li> <li>Carry a working VHF radio that is monitored by U.S. Coast Guard and all maritime law enforcement </li> <li>Have a navigation system such as a GPS and carry a backup paper chart </li> </ul> <p>"While having fun is a priority on the water, these simple tips can help boaters stay safe," said Mark Tucker, an Allstate agency owner. "In addition to keeping you safe, there may also be a discount on your boat insurance for completing a boating education course."</p> <p>Allstate has a PDF link on its boating website, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/resources/Allstate/attachments/tools-and-resources/allstate-boat-insurance-made-simple.pdf" target="_blank">understanding boat insurance</a>, which offers a checklist for what to do in case of an accident. Some of these actions to follow are:</p> <ul> <li>Stay calm</li> <li>Determine the extent of any injuries or damage and, if needed, obtain medical assistance</li> <li>Call the police to file an accident report</li> <li>Don't leave the accident scene unless your physical safety is at risk</li> <li>Get the facts and essential details at the scene &ndash; (See checklist for full list of accident information essentials)</li> </ul> <p>Staying safe and protecting your investment is something Allstate knows a lot about. Talk to an <a href="http://allstateagencies.com/" target="_blank">Allstate agent</a> near you for help choosing a policy that meets your needs.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Christin Accomando<br /> 972-871-1704</p> Allstate Teams With Innovative Illinois Startups Program matches major corporations with startup companies to fuel innovation.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance becomes the first company to commit to a second Corporate-Startup Challenge from The Illinois Science &amp; Technology Coalition, which matches large corporations with startups and emerging technology firms across Illinois. Allstate will host selected companies, provide feedback on their pitches and, ultimately, could engage the startups in future business endeavors.</p> <p>Allstate was part of the first class of the Corporate-Startup Challenge in the summer of 2013. In that class, 22 companies were referred to Allstate's portfolio, and 13 were selected to present for further evaluation. After the demonstration day, six companies were identified for additional diligence and one became an approved Allstate preferred vendor.</p> <p>"As a pilot member of the Corporate-Startup Challenge, Allstate recognized the opportunity Illinois entrepreneurs provide," said Allstate Claims Vice President Shawn Broadfield. "We are always thinking about new ways to deliver on our promise to our customers and the Corporate Startup Challenge is a great way to do that by connecting with promising entrepreneurs in our home state."</p> <p>Allstate's latest participation in the Corporate-Startup Challenge will be specifically geared toward its Claims department. Allstate is interested in connecting with aspiring companies that can solve challenges and streamline efficiencies related to all aspects of the claims process, including an interest in digital customer experience, data analytics, and sensor/Internet of Things technologies.</p> <p>"The Corporate-Startup Challenge is all about connecting entrepreneurs and innovators across the state with large corporations for mutual benefit, providing startups with vital access and partnership opportunities, while helping corporations innovate and stay competitive," ISTC President and CEO Mark Harris said. "We are thrilled to be working again with Allstate to help cultivate meaningful matches with the state's thriving entrepreneurial community as the company continues to advance innovative solutions for its customers."</p> <p>The matchmaking process will take place over the next five months. Corporate partners identify innovation areas for potential collaboration and review selected startups curated by the ISTC through a network of more than 55 referral partners statewide that includes universities, incubators/accelerators, and associations/non-profits (<a href="http://www.illinoisinnovation.com/community-partners" target="_blank">view full list</a>). This culminates in private demo day showcases where corporations connect with promising entrepreneurs.&nbsp;</p> <p>Corporations and startups interested in learning more about the Corporate-Startup Challenge are encouraged to visit <a href="http://www.llinoisinnovation.com" target="_blank">www.llinoisinnovation.com</a>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Justin Herndon<br /> <a href="mailto:Justin.Herndon@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com<br /> </a>727-512-8314</p> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:13:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ae9a2242-6bba-427d-a6c2-788c7e6b6491 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ae9a2242-6bba-427d-a6c2-788c7e6b6491 Allstate Teams With Innovative Illinois Startups Program matches major corporations with startup companies to fuel innovation.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance becomes the first company to commit to a second Corporate-Startup Challenge from The Illinois Science &amp; Technology Coalition, which matches large corporations with startups and emerging technology firms across Illinois. Allstate will host selected companies, provide feedback on their pitches and, ultimately, could engage the startups in future business endeavors.</p> <p>Allstate was part of the first class of the Corporate-Startup Challenge in the summer of 2013. In that class, 22 companies were referred to Allstate's portfolio, and 13 were selected to present for further evaluation. After the demonstration day, six companies were identified for additional diligence and one became an approved Allstate preferred vendor.</p> <p>"As a pilot member of the Corporate-Startup Challenge, Allstate recognized the opportunity Illinois entrepreneurs provide," said Allstate Claims Vice President Shawn Broadfield. "We are always thinking about new ways to deliver on our promise to our customers and the Corporate Startup Challenge is a great way to do that by connecting with promising entrepreneurs in our home state."</p> <p>Allstate's latest participation in the Corporate-Startup Challenge will be specifically geared toward its Claims department. Allstate is interested in connecting with aspiring companies that can solve challenges and streamline efficiencies related to all aspects of the claims process, including an interest in digital customer experience, data analytics, and sensor/Internet of Things technologies.</p> <p>"The Corporate-Startup Challenge is all about connecting entrepreneurs and innovators across the state with large corporations for mutual benefit, providing startups with vital access and partnership opportunities, while helping corporations innovate and stay competitive," ISTC President and CEO Mark Harris said. "We are thrilled to be working again with Allstate to help cultivate meaningful matches with the state's thriving entrepreneurial community as the company continues to advance innovative solutions for its customers."</p> <p>The matchmaking process will take place over the next five months. Corporate partners identify innovation areas for potential collaboration and review selected startups curated by the ISTC through a network of more than 55 referral partners statewide that includes universities, incubators/accelerators, and associations/non-profits (<a href="http://www.illinoisinnovation.com/community-partners" target="_blank">view full list</a>). This culminates in private demo day showcases where corporations connect with promising entrepreneurs.&nbsp;</p> <p>Corporations and startups interested in learning more about the Corporate-Startup Challenge are encouraged to visit <a href="http://www.llinoisinnovation.com" target="_blank">www.llinoisinnovation.com</a>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Justin Herndon<br /> <a href="mailto:Justin.Herndon@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com<br /> </a>727-512-8314</p> New National Survey of Drivers Reveals Top Travel Fear: Breaking Down and Waiting for Help on the Side of the Road Allstate Roadside Services launches new, innovative mobile app and website to help drivers in need of roadside rescues<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document, 1 Video</strong><p>We've all been there. You're on the road just a few hours from your destination. The kids are peacefully asleep in the backseat. Soon, you'll be in summer vacation bliss. Then it happens &ndash; the car engine sputters and shuts off. You're stranded on the side of the road in an unfamiliar area.</p> <p>A recent survey commissioned by Allstate Roadside Services found that among drivers who have experienced problems on the road, 47 percent felt overwhelmed and helpless, 62 percent admitted they became anxious, 52 percent got angry, and 36 percent said they were scared. A total of 40 percent said their first instinct was to immediately call a tow truck or roadside assistance service for help.</p> <p>Allstate Roadside Services is introducing a new digital solution to make it easier for stranded motorists to get the help they need. The Good Hands Rescue<sup>SM</sup> mobile app and website enables drivers to easily request roadside assistance anywhere in America through their smartphones &ndash; and you don't have to be an Allstate customer to use it.</p> <p>"Allstate is leading the way in the digital evolution of the roadside industry," said Pam Dufour, president, Allstate Roadside Services. "Mobile devices are part of most Americans' everyday lives. The Good Hands Rescue mobile app and website leverage technology to connect people with roadside services using their smartphones. We're making it easy for people to do business with us anytime, anywhere and in any way."</p> <p>Once service is requested, a provider is dispatched and the motorist gets an estimated time of arrival, service cost and the ability to track the provider's en route status. You can find the Good Hands Rescue mobile website at <a href="https://m.goodhandsrescue.com">https://m.goodhandsrescue.com</a> or download the Good Hands Rescue app from Google Play and iTunes.</p> <p>"Allstate Roadside Services has provided roadside assistance for more than 50 years," continued Dufour. "Innovation is a critical element of our effort to provide a complete customer experience that emphasizes service, connectedness, safety and preparedness. Now, motorists have a new digital way to connect with Allstate for roadside assistance."</p> <p>The survey also revealed:</p> <ul> <li>A majority or 95 percent of drivers across the United States have experienced a disabled or un-drivable vehicle on at least one occasion.</li> <li>At 74 percent, flat tires were the most common cause of roadside breakdowns. </li> <li>Forty-five percent of people surveyed blamed a mechanical breakdown for their travel woes.</li> <li>Younger drivers aged 18-29 are the most likely group to have experienced an incident within the past year (73 percent).&nbsp; </li> </ul> <p>Planning before a trip matters. Allstate Roadside Services offers the following tips to help keep drivers safe and prepared:</p> <ul> <li><em>Make sure your car is road-ready</em>. Before your trip, have a mechanic give your vehicle the once-over, including <a href="https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/car-insurance/maintanance-car-performance.aspx">preventive maintenance</a> such as an oil change, tire check, new wipers or filter replacement.</li> <li><em>Pack an </em><a href="http://blog.allstate.com/super-vehicle-emergency-car-kit/"><em>emergency car kit</em></a>. A well-equipped kit can fit in the trunk and might include a flashlight, hand sanitizer, water and energy bars. </li> <li><em>Know who to contact for help</em>. Keep your smartphone fully charged, your <a href="http://blog.allstate.com/top-reasons-for-roadside-assistance-slideshow/">roadside assistance</a> contact information handy, or the Good Hands Rescue app loaded on your smartphone.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate Roadside Services administers roadside assistance through Allstate Motor Club. Each year, Allstate responds to about five million requests for roadside assistance. More than 40 million vehicles are covered through Allstate Roadside Services.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">support local communities</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sub>Survey results are based on a national, online survey of adults conducted July 1-6, 2015 on behalf of Allstate by FTI Consulting. This survey focused on the respondent's experiences and needs during times when roadside assistance is necessary. The online survey was conducted among a sample of 1,000 adults age 18 and older living across the United States</sub></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:<br /> </strong>April Eaton <br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:26:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/48a2c0ac-9679-4ccf-ac0e-070b15677714 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/48a2c0ac-9679-4ccf-ac0e-070b15677714 New National Survey of Drivers Reveals Top Travel Fear: Breaking Down and Waiting for Help on the Side of the Road Allstate Roadside Services launches new, innovative mobile app and website to help drivers in need of roadside rescues<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document, 1 Video</strong><p>We've all been there. You're on the road just a few hours from your destination. The kids are peacefully asleep in the backseat. Soon, you'll be in summer vacation bliss. Then it happens &ndash; the car engine sputters and shuts off. You're stranded on the side of the road in an unfamiliar area.</p> <p>A recent survey commissioned by Allstate Roadside Services found that among drivers who have experienced problems on the road, 47 percent felt overwhelmed and helpless, 62 percent admitted they became anxious, 52 percent got angry, and 36 percent said they were scared. A total of 40 percent said their first instinct was to immediately call a tow truck or roadside assistance service for help.</p> <p>Allstate Roadside Services is introducing a new digital solution to make it easier for stranded motorists to get the help they need. The Good Hands Rescue<sup>SM</sup> mobile app and website enables drivers to easily request roadside assistance anywhere in America through their smartphones &ndash; and you don't have to be an Allstate customer to use it.</p> <p>"Allstate is leading the way in the digital evolution of the roadside industry," said Pam Dufour, president, Allstate Roadside Services. "Mobile devices are part of most Americans' everyday lives. The Good Hands Rescue mobile app and website leverage technology to connect people with roadside services using their smartphones. We're making it easy for people to do business with us anytime, anywhere and in any way."</p> <p>Once service is requested, a provider is dispatched and the motorist gets an estimated time of arrival, service cost and the ability to track the provider's en route status. You can find the Good Hands Rescue mobile website at <a href="https://m.goodhandsrescue.com">https://m.goodhandsrescue.com</a> or download the Good Hands Rescue app from Google Play and iTunes.</p> <p>"Allstate Roadside Services has provided roadside assistance for more than 50 years," continued Dufour. "Innovation is a critical element of our effort to provide a complete customer experience that emphasizes service, connectedness, safety and preparedness. Now, motorists have a new digital way to connect with Allstate for roadside assistance."</p> <p>The survey also revealed:</p> <ul> <li>A majority or 95 percent of drivers across the United States have experienced a disabled or un-drivable vehicle on at least one occasion.</li> <li>At 74 percent, flat tires were the most common cause of roadside breakdowns. </li> <li>Forty-five percent of people surveyed blamed a mechanical breakdown for their travel woes.</li> <li>Younger drivers aged 18-29 are the most likely group to have experienced an incident within the past year (73 percent).&nbsp; </li> </ul> <p>Planning before a trip matters. Allstate Roadside Services offers the following tips to help keep drivers safe and prepared:</p> <ul> <li><em>Make sure your car is road-ready</em>. Before your trip, have a mechanic give your vehicle the once-over, including <a href="https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/car-insurance/maintanance-car-performance.aspx">preventive maintenance</a> such as an oil change, tire check, new wipers or filter replacement.</li> <li><em>Pack an </em><a href="http://blog.allstate.com/super-vehicle-emergency-car-kit/"><em>emergency car kit</em></a>. A well-equipped kit can fit in the trunk and might include a flashlight, hand sanitizer, water and energy bars. </li> <li><em>Know who to contact for help</em>. Keep your smartphone fully charged, your <a href="http://blog.allstate.com/top-reasons-for-roadside-assistance-slideshow/">roadside assistance</a> contact information handy, or the Good Hands Rescue app loaded on your smartphone.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate Roadside Services administers roadside assistance through Allstate Motor Club. Each year, Allstate responds to about five million requests for roadside assistance. More than 40 million vehicles are covered through Allstate Roadside Services.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">support local communities</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sub>Survey results are based on a national, online survey of adults conducted July 1-6, 2015 on behalf of Allstate by FTI Consulting. This survey focused on the respondent's experiences and needs during times when roadside assistance is necessary. The online survey was conducted among a sample of 1,000 adults age 18 and older living across the United States</sub></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:<br /> </strong>April Eaton <br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Allstate Roadside Services launches new app to rescue stranded drivers Allstate Roadside Services launches new app to rescue stranded drivers. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:25:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/aaed90fd-a72e-4ad4-b729-cef9c2a19df9 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/aaed90fd-a72e-4ad4-b729-cef9c2a19df9 Allstate Roadside Services launches new app to rescue stranded drivers Allstate Roadside Services launches new app to rescue stranded drivers. Allstate Roadside Services launches new app to rescue stranded drivers <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/acbe/0f5e/acbe0f5e-a298-4eae-be89-ef04eac64fe6-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Roadside Services launches new app to rescue stranded drivers Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:25:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-roadside-services-launches-new-app-to-rescue-stranded-d http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-roadside-services-launches-new-app-to-rescue-stranded-d Allstate Roadside Services launches new app to rescue stranded drivers <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/acbe/0f5e/acbe0f5e-a298-4eae-be89-ef04eac64fe6-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Roadside Services launches new app to rescue stranded drivers Allstate and Dominique Wilkins Announce 2015 Champions for Good Annual program nationally recognizes community heroes for their dedication to giving back<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Today, Allstate Insurance Company announced the recipients of its third annual Champions for Good award. The national campaign highlights stories of 'good' in a world where bad news tends to take center stage. Allstate hopes that sharing stories of these inspiring individuals will encourage others to give back and become Champions for Good in their own communities.</p> <p>"When Allstate launched this program three years ago, our goal was to shine a spotlight on the random acts of kindness and 'pay it forward moments' that we see every day in communities across the country," said Georgina Flores, vice president of marketing for Allstate. "Since then, we have been overwhelmed by the positive stories we have uncovered and shared, and the stories of this year's Champions for Good are no exception."</p> <p>To help announce the 2015 Champions for Good, Allstate teamed up with basketball legend and philanthropist, Dominique Wilkins. Wilkins, a nine-time NBA All-Star and Basketball Hall of Famer, is active in a variety of charities on both a local and national level. Currently serving as the vice president of basketball operations for the Atlanta Hawks, Wilkins dedicates his free time to making a positive impact in the Atlanta community and beyond.</p> <p>"Volunteering my time to make an impact on those around me has always been a priority, so when Allstate approached me with the opportunity to help celebrate others for doing the same, I knew I couldn't pass it up," said Wilkins. "I hope the stories of this year's Champions for Good and the positive change they have brought to their communities inspires others to make volunteering part of their lives as well."</p> <p>The 2015 Champions for Good award winners will be recognized at the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando over Labor Day weekend (September 3-7, 2015), where they will encourage others to spread the good and lead attendees in a special service project benefitting youth in the Orlando community.</p> <p>The 2015 Allstate Champions for Good are:</p> <p><strong>Rhonda Wilson - Gainesville, Fla.</strong><br /> A huge supporter of the arts, Rhonda Wilson founded the Star Center Theater in Gainesville over fifteen years ago as a way to provide a safe activity for local youth and exposure to arts education. Although many of the children who attend the theater are from underserved areas of the community, Wilson personally provides scholarships and transportation to ensure that every student is able to participate. Wilson's ultimate goal is to give youth and their families the opportunity to learn, grow and enjoy the beauty of the arts.</p> <p><strong>Yvette and Kofi Moyo - Chicago, Ill.</strong><br /> Yvette and Kofi Moyo founded the Real Men Cook event in 1990 as a way to strengthen the universal institution of family and encourage dads to put family first. Over the years, it has become one of the largest family celebrations in the country, occurring annually on Father's Day. Each year, men give up Father's Day pampering and roll up their sleeves to cook for their communities to raise money and show their commitment to their families.</p> <p><strong>Kerri Pruitt - Birmingham, Ala.</strong><br /> Kerri Pruitt and her husband founded The Dannon Project in 1999 after a family member was killed by a person that had been recently released from prison on a non-violent offense. Pruitt believes this young man may have made better choices if he had a strong support system after his release. The Dannon Project was established to help ex-offenders with reentering society.</p> <p>Allstate urges everyone to make time to volunteer this summer, and asks individuals to share their personal stories, photos and videos of good on social media using #GiveItUpForGood. For more stories of good and volunteer motivation, follow @GiveItUpForGood on Twitter.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">support local communities</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com">Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Taryn Parker, Taylor<br /> (312) 577-7618<br /> <a href="mailto:Tparker@taylorstrategy.com">Tparker@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:47:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5c2ec92e-15a5-4c67-b6dc-f5ec919dc4da http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5c2ec92e-15a5-4c67-b6dc-f5ec919dc4da Allstate and Dominique Wilkins Announce 2015 Champions for Good Annual program nationally recognizes community heroes for their dedication to giving back<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Today, Allstate Insurance Company announced the recipients of its third annual Champions for Good award. The national campaign highlights stories of 'good' in a world where bad news tends to take center stage. Allstate hopes that sharing stories of these inspiring individuals will encourage others to give back and become Champions for Good in their own communities.</p> <p>"When Allstate launched this program three years ago, our goal was to shine a spotlight on the random acts of kindness and 'pay it forward moments' that we see every day in communities across the country," said Georgina Flores, vice president of marketing for Allstate. "Since then, we have been overwhelmed by the positive stories we have uncovered and shared, and the stories of this year's Champions for Good are no exception."</p> <p>To help announce the 2015 Champions for Good, Allstate teamed up with basketball legend and philanthropist, Dominique Wilkins. Wilkins, a nine-time NBA All-Star and Basketball Hall of Famer, is active in a variety of charities on both a local and national level. Currently serving as the vice president of basketball operations for the Atlanta Hawks, Wilkins dedicates his free time to making a positive impact in the Atlanta community and beyond.</p> <p>"Volunteering my time to make an impact on those around me has always been a priority, so when Allstate approached me with the opportunity to help celebrate others for doing the same, I knew I couldn't pass it up," said Wilkins. "I hope the stories of this year's Champions for Good and the positive change they have brought to their communities inspires others to make volunteering part of their lives as well."</p> <p>The 2015 Champions for Good award winners will be recognized at the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando over Labor Day weekend (September 3-7, 2015), where they will encourage others to spread the good and lead attendees in a special service project benefitting youth in the Orlando community.</p> <p>The 2015 Allstate Champions for Good are:</p> <p><strong>Rhonda Wilson - Gainesville, Fla.</strong><br /> A huge supporter of the arts, Rhonda Wilson founded the Star Center Theater in Gainesville over fifteen years ago as a way to provide a safe activity for local youth and exposure to arts education. Although many of the children who attend the theater are from underserved areas of the community, Wilson personally provides scholarships and transportation to ensure that every student is able to participate. Wilson's ultimate goal is to give youth and their families the opportunity to learn, grow and enjoy the beauty of the arts.</p> <p><strong>Yvette and Kofi Moyo - Chicago, Ill.</strong><br /> Yvette and Kofi Moyo founded the Real Men Cook event in 1990 as a way to strengthen the universal institution of family and encourage dads to put family first. Over the years, it has become one of the largest family celebrations in the country, occurring annually on Father's Day. Each year, men give up Father's Day pampering and roll up their sleeves to cook for their communities to raise money and show their commitment to their families.</p> <p><strong>Kerri Pruitt - Birmingham, Ala.</strong><br /> Kerri Pruitt and her husband founded The Dannon Project in 1999 after a family member was killed by a person that had been recently released from prison on a non-violent offense. Pruitt believes this young man may have made better choices if he had a strong support system after his release. The Dannon Project was established to help ex-offenders with reentering society.</p> <p>Allstate urges everyone to make time to volunteer this summer, and asks individuals to share their personal stories, photos and videos of good on social media using #GiveItUpForGood. For more stories of good and volunteer motivation, follow @GiveItUpForGood on Twitter.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">support local communities</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com">Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Taryn Parker, Taylor<br /> (312) 577-7618<br /> <a href="mailto:Tparker@taylorstrategy.com">Tparker@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> Allstate “Reality Rides®” Rolls into Seattle to Combat Distracted Driving <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate "Reality Rides&reg;" is making a pit-stop in Seattle on its tour of 25 cities across America. Reality Rides is a distracted driving simulator that aims to prevent these avoidable collisions. In its third year, the campaign builds awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and offers tips and information on how to be safer behind the wheel.</p> <p>In 2013, there were 436 fatalities as a result of car accidents in Washington<sup>i</sup>. To help combat these tragedies, Reality Rides is coming to Seattle to help get the word out at the Dragon Boat Festival, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is a safe and compelling way for Seattle motorists see the impact distractions have on their driving," said Cathy Darracott, a local Allstate agency owner. "The goal of Reality Rides is to help eliminate the more than 3,000 lives lost and 400,000 injuries nationally caused by distracted driver related collisions each year."</p> <p><strong>The Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen Safe Driving:</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Distracted driving is attributed to about 16 percent of all car collisions.<sup>ii</sup> </li> <li>Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash<sup>ii</sup>, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.<sup>iii</sup></li> <li>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 11-27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.<sup>i</sup> </li> <li>Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 30 percent in the states where they have been adopted.<sup>iv</sup></li> <li>The Advocates for Highway &amp; Auto Safety found that the annual economic cost due to motor vehicle crashes in Washington is $5.1 billion<sup>v</sup></li> <li>Research from The Allstate Foundation's "License to Save" report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.<sup>iii</sup></li> </ul> <p>A survey of more than 4,500 people who experienced Reality Rides' simulation shows that 69 percent learned more about distracted driving, and 85 percent found the program "fun and effective."</p> <p>Reality Rides features a real but stationary car equipped with virtual reality technology that displays a responsive animated environment on a curved LED television embedded in the windshield. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions. Participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life, and have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to not text and drive.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt" target="_blank">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013-2014 survey of more than 4,500 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April 2013 through November of 2014 via 70 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Media Contact:</strong><br /> Frank Clouser<br /> Mobile: 425-205-7190<br /> Frank.Clouser@allstate.com</p> <p><sup>i</sup> <em>January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> <p><sup>ii</sup><em> Setting Limits, Saving Lives &ndash; The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at </em><a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov" target="_blank"><em>www.nhtsa.dot.gov</em></a><em> and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, available at </em><a href="http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf" target="_blank"><em>www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf</em></a></p> <p><sup>iii</sup><em> Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, "NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors"</em></p> <p><sup>iv</sup><em> January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> <p><sup>v</sup><em> January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:51:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/8a0e011a-8051-4dc1-add2-03dec28471d8 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/8a0e011a-8051-4dc1-add2-03dec28471d8 Allstate “Reality Rides®” Rolls into Seattle to Combat Distracted Driving <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate "Reality Rides&reg;" is making a pit-stop in Seattle on its tour of 25 cities across America. Reality Rides is a distracted driving simulator that aims to prevent these avoidable collisions. In its third year, the campaign builds awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and offers tips and information on how to be safer behind the wheel.</p> <p>In 2013, there were 436 fatalities as a result of car accidents in Washington<sup>i</sup>. To help combat these tragedies, Reality Rides is coming to Seattle to help get the word out at the Dragon Boat Festival, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is a safe and compelling way for Seattle motorists see the impact distractions have on their driving," said Cathy Darracott, a local Allstate agency owner. "The goal of Reality Rides is to help eliminate the more than 3,000 lives lost and 400,000 injuries nationally caused by distracted driver related collisions each year."</p> <p><strong>The Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen Safe Driving:</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Distracted driving is attributed to about 16 percent of all car collisions.<sup>ii</sup> </li> <li>Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash<sup>ii</sup>, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.<sup>iii</sup></li> <li>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 11-27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.<sup>i</sup> </li> <li>Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 30 percent in the states where they have been adopted.<sup>iv</sup></li> <li>The Advocates for Highway &amp; Auto Safety found that the annual economic cost due to motor vehicle crashes in Washington is $5.1 billion<sup>v</sup></li> <li>Research from The Allstate Foundation's "License to Save" report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.<sup>iii</sup></li> </ul> <p>A survey of more than 4,500 people who experienced Reality Rides' simulation shows that 69 percent learned more about distracted driving, and 85 percent found the program "fun and effective."</p> <p>Reality Rides features a real but stationary car equipped with virtual reality technology that displays a responsive animated environment on a curved LED television embedded in the windshield. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions. Participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life, and have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to not text and drive.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt" target="_blank">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013-2014 survey of more than 4,500 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April 2013 through November of 2014 via 70 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Media Contact:</strong><br /> Frank Clouser<br /> Mobile: 425-205-7190<br /> Frank.Clouser@allstate.com</p> <p><sup>i</sup> <em>January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> <p><sup>ii</sup><em> Setting Limits, Saving Lives &ndash; The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at </em><a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov" target="_blank"><em>www.nhtsa.dot.gov</em></a><em> and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, available at </em><a href="http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf" target="_blank"><em>www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf</em></a></p> <p><sup>iii</sup><em> Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, "NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors"</em></p> <p><sup>iv</sup><em> January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> <p><sup>v</sup><em> January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> Allstate Offers Military Veterans Unique Job Opportunities Insurer offers California military veterans access to job-training program<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>To honor those who have fought for our country, Allstate Insurance Company is offering a unique job-training program for California's military veterans. The program includes insurance training with the potential for job placement in a local Allstate agency office.</p> <p>The program is available to veterans honorably discharged from active duty and Reservists and National Guard personnel who previously served on active duty. The program will provide the unique opportunity for veterans to be trained as a licensed sales professional and job placement support with Allstate agency owners.</p> <p>The training program consists of a self-paced virtual education course to prepare for the California Property and Casualty insurance licensing exam, followed by a completion bonus when the exam is passed. The program also offers job placement training to help candidates prepare for an interview and placement with an Allstate agency owner. While there are currently many job openings for licensed sales professionals at Allstate agencies, candidates are not required to commit to accepting a job in an Allstate agency.</p> <p>Licensed sales professionals are employees of the agency and not of Allstate Insurance Company or its affiliates. Licensed agency staff members work with agency owners to sell insurance, provide customer service to customers and build strong relationships within the community. The ideal candidate cares about protecting people, is disciplined, dependable, goal-oriented and trustworthy.</p> <p>"This unique training program helps veterans transition from serving our country to serving customers," said John Stolte, Regional Field Sales Leader for Allstate in California. &nbsp;"While it's our hope that these veterans join the Allstate family, what is most important to us is honoring America's heroes. This is Allstate's way of thanking and supporting these individuals after their military service has ended."</p> <p>Applications for California military veterans are currently being accepted through <a href="http://allstateveterans.com/" target="_blank">http://allstateveterans.com/</a> or by calling an Allstate talent representative at (800) 710-0887.</p> <p>"I am very proud to have dedicated part of my life to protecting my country," says Alfonso Padillo, an Allstate agency owner and U.S. Army veteran whose son, Eduardo, is also a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AXLh5xmBS0&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">veteran and an agency owner</a>. "If you are used to being in the military you already have the mentality that you are helping people. As an agency owner I get to help people with protecting their belongings. Coming into this line of work is a natural fit for veterans."</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">to support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Jim Klapthor, Allstate Corporate Relations<br /> (909) 612-6644<br /> On Twitter @AllstateinCA</p> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:47:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/df692805-a6fb-4cb4-b141-24ecb9823382 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/df692805-a6fb-4cb4-b141-24ecb9823382 Allstate Offers Military Veterans Unique Job Opportunities Insurer offers California military veterans access to job-training program<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>To honor those who have fought for our country, Allstate Insurance Company is offering a unique job-training program for California's military veterans. The program includes insurance training with the potential for job placement in a local Allstate agency office.</p> <p>The program is available to veterans honorably discharged from active duty and Reservists and National Guard personnel who previously served on active duty. The program will provide the unique opportunity for veterans to be trained as a licensed sales professional and job placement support with Allstate agency owners.</p> <p>The training program consists of a self-paced virtual education course to prepare for the California Property and Casualty insurance licensing exam, followed by a completion bonus when the exam is passed. The program also offers job placement training to help candidates prepare for an interview and placement with an Allstate agency owner. While there are currently many job openings for licensed sales professionals at Allstate agencies, candidates are not required to commit to accepting a job in an Allstate agency.</p> <p>Licensed sales professionals are employees of the agency and not of Allstate Insurance Company or its affiliates. Licensed agency staff members work with agency owners to sell insurance, provide customer service to customers and build strong relationships within the community. The ideal candidate cares about protecting people, is disciplined, dependable, goal-oriented and trustworthy.</p> <p>"This unique training program helps veterans transition from serving our country to serving customers," said John Stolte, Regional Field Sales Leader for Allstate in California. &nbsp;"While it's our hope that these veterans join the Allstate family, what is most important to us is honoring America's heroes. This is Allstate's way of thanking and supporting these individuals after their military service has ended."</p> <p>Applications for California military veterans are currently being accepted through <a href="http://allstateveterans.com/" target="_blank">http://allstateveterans.com/</a> or by calling an Allstate talent representative at (800) 710-0887.</p> <p>"I am very proud to have dedicated part of my life to protecting my country," says Alfonso Padillo, an Allstate agency owner and U.S. Army veteran whose son, Eduardo, is also a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AXLh5xmBS0&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">veteran and an agency owner</a>. "If you are used to being in the military you already have the mentality that you are helping people. As an agency owner I get to help people with protecting their belongings. Coming into this line of work is a natural fit for veterans."</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">to support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Jim Klapthor, Allstate Corporate Relations<br /> (909) 612-6644<br /> On Twitter @AllstateinCA</p> Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange Invites Diverse Businesses to Connect 2015 Program Expands to 75 Companies<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company recently opened its online application for diverse businesses to register for the company's 2015 Supplier Diversity Exchange. The Exchange, now in its 8<sup>th</sup> year, brings diverse businesses together to build relationships with Allstate and its suppliers. The application is available through this <a href="http://www.aplusmeetings.com/web/allstatesde2015/apply/introduction.php">link</a>.</p> <p>"We foster an environment where diverse small business owners can build relationships with Allstate and we're excited to invite more potential suppliers to this year's event than ever before," said Cheryl Harris, Allstate's senior vice president of Sourcing &amp; Procurement Solutions. "We have a commitment to building diversity within our business as well as with our suppliers to help support the needs of our customers."</p> <p>The Exchange is designed to provide diverse businesses the opportunity to network with Allstate business leaders as well as with some Allstate suppliers.</p> <p>Applications are being accepted through July 24, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their status via email no later than August 7, 2015.</p> <p>The 2015 Exchange will be held on October 2 from 8 a.m. &ndash; 5 p.m. at Allstate's Northbrook, Illinois headquarters. The number of participants is being expanded this year to a maximum of 75 companies; a significant increase from the 14 diverse supplier businesses selected to participate in 2014.</p> <p>Initial plans for the event include a keynote speaker and a variety of educational sessions to focus on the specific needs of diverse business leaders. More detail on specific programming will be made available closer to the event. Each company will also have an opportunity to pitch its business to Allstate.</p> <p>Diverse businesses that apply to attend the Exchange will be asked to include an informal, 60 second video that demonstrates why their company should be selected to attend the Exchange. In addition, submissions are required to include proof of diversity certification. Diverse certified companies are defined as minority, woman, veteran, and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT)-owned business.</p> <p>Since 2008, the program has been aligned with the Rainbow Push Coalition and provides businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans and members of the LGBT community a forum for guidance, networking and personal one-on-one time with key influencers involved in purchasing products and services. While attendance at this event does not guarantee business, more than 120 attending suppliers have had the opportunity to compete for contracts.</p> <p>More information on the Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange is available on the Allstate supplier diversity <a href="https://www.allstate.com/procurement/supplier-diversity.aspx">website</a>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">support local communities</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> @Allstatenews</p> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:41:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ac84c73e-e152-4e0c-b150-8e9dffae279a http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ac84c73e-e152-4e0c-b150-8e9dffae279a Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange Invites Diverse Businesses to Connect 2015 Program Expands to 75 Companies<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company recently opened its online application for diverse businesses to register for the company's 2015 Supplier Diversity Exchange. The Exchange, now in its 8<sup>th</sup> year, brings diverse businesses together to build relationships with Allstate and its suppliers. The application is available through this <a href="http://www.aplusmeetings.com/web/allstatesde2015/apply/introduction.php">link</a>.</p> <p>"We foster an environment where diverse small business owners can build relationships with Allstate and we're excited to invite more potential suppliers to this year's event than ever before," said Cheryl Harris, Allstate's senior vice president of Sourcing &amp; Procurement Solutions. "We have a commitment to building diversity within our business as well as with our suppliers to help support the needs of our customers."</p> <p>The Exchange is designed to provide diverse businesses the opportunity to network with Allstate business leaders as well as with some Allstate suppliers.</p> <p>Applications are being accepted through July 24, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their status via email no later than August 7, 2015.</p> <p>The 2015 Exchange will be held on October 2 from 8 a.m. &ndash; 5 p.m. at Allstate's Northbrook, Illinois headquarters. The number of participants is being expanded this year to a maximum of 75 companies; a significant increase from the 14 diverse supplier businesses selected to participate in 2014.</p> <p>Initial plans for the event include a keynote speaker and a variety of educational sessions to focus on the specific needs of diverse business leaders. More detail on specific programming will be made available closer to the event. Each company will also have an opportunity to pitch its business to Allstate.</p> <p>Diverse businesses that apply to attend the Exchange will be asked to include an informal, 60 second video that demonstrates why their company should be selected to attend the Exchange. In addition, submissions are required to include proof of diversity certification. Diverse certified companies are defined as minority, woman, veteran, and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT)-owned business.</p> <p>Since 2008, the program has been aligned with the Rainbow Push Coalition and provides businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans and members of the LGBT community a forum for guidance, networking and personal one-on-one time with key influencers involved in purchasing products and services. While attendance at this event does not guarantee business, more than 120 attending suppliers have had the opportunity to compete for contracts.</p> <p>More information on the Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange is available on the Allstate supplier diversity <a href="https://www.allstate.com/procurement/supplier-diversity.aspx">website</a>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">support local communities</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> @Allstatenews</p> Allstate Announces June and Second Quarter Catastrophe Loss Estimate <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced estimated catastrophe losses for the month of June 2015 of $346 million, pre-tax ($225 million after-tax).&nbsp;Catastrophe losses occurring in June comprised 19 events at an estimated cost of $310 million, pre-tax, plus increased reserve reestimates of prior reported catastrophe losses. The increased reserve reestimates in the month of June primarily relate to reestimates of April and May 2015 events.</p> <p>Allstate previously announced $451 million, pre-tax ($293 million after-tax), in estimated catastrophe losses for the months of April and May 2015, bringing estimated catastrophe losses for second quarter 2015 to $797 million, pre-tax ($518 million after-tax).&nbsp;Catastrophe losses can be higher in the second quarter of the year due to the number of wind and hail events.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You&rsquo;re In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com/" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Forward-Looking Statements</strong><br /> This news release contains "forward-looking statements" that anticipate results based on our estimates, assumptions and plans that are subject to uncertainty. These statements are made subject to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and may be identified by their use of words like "plans," "seeks," "expects," "will," "should," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "believes," "likely," "targets" and other words with similar meanings. We believe these statements are based on reasonable estimates, assumptions and plans. However, if the estimates, assumptions or plans underlying the forward-looking statements prove inaccurate or if other risks or uncertainties arise, actual results could differ materially from those communicated in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements may be found in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors" section in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.</p> <p># # # #</p> <p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p> <p>Greg Burns<br /> Media Relations<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> <p>Pat Macellaro<br /> Investor Relations<br /> (847) 402-2800</p> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:30:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/3353bbca-640d-46e3-b8e6-a06ce359c3bc http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/3353bbca-640d-46e3-b8e6-a06ce359c3bc Allstate Announces June and Second Quarter Catastrophe Loss Estimate <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced estimated catastrophe losses for the month of June 2015 of $346 million, pre-tax ($225 million after-tax).&nbsp;Catastrophe losses occurring in June comprised 19 events at an estimated cost of $310 million, pre-tax, plus increased reserve reestimates of prior reported catastrophe losses. The increased reserve reestimates in the month of June primarily relate to reestimates of April and May 2015 events.</p> <p>Allstate previously announced $451 million, pre-tax ($293 million after-tax), in estimated catastrophe losses for the months of April and May 2015, bringing estimated catastrophe losses for second quarter 2015 to $797 million, pre-tax ($518 million after-tax).&nbsp;Catastrophe losses can be higher in the second quarter of the year due to the number of wind and hail events.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;s uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You&rsquo;re In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand&rsquo;s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com/" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Forward-Looking Statements</strong><br /> This news release contains "forward-looking statements" that anticipate results based on our estimates, assumptions and plans that are subject to uncertainty. These statements are made subject to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and may be identified by their use of words like "plans," "seeks," "expects," "will," "should," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "believes," "likely," "targets" and other words with similar meanings. We believe these statements are based on reasonable estimates, assumptions and plans. However, if the estimates, assumptions or plans underlying the forward-looking statements prove inaccurate or if other risks or uncertainties arise, actual results could differ materially from those communicated in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements may be found in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors" section in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.</p> <p># # # #</p> <p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p> <p>Greg Burns<br /> Media Relations<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> <p>Pat Macellaro<br /> Investor Relations<br /> (847) 402-2800</p> Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Announce Record 197 Nominees for 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® College football’s preeminent community service award recognizes student-athletes for off the field achievements<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced an all-time high 197 nominees for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;, the most esteemed off the field honor in college football. For 24 years, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; has recognized college football players from across the country who exemplify a superior commitment to community service and volunteerism.</p> <p>Since its inception in 1992, the award highlights the "good" taking place off the football field. The select group of student-athletes nominated for this award by their respective colleges and universities are able to balance academics and athletics while remaining committed to helping others and bettering their communities.</p> <p>"For the third year in a row, we have received a record-breaking number of Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; nominees, an indication that the bar continues to be raised for the character on display in college football," said Jim Haskins, Executive Vice President, Allstate Brand Distribution and a member of the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; voting panel. "Allstate is proud to join the AFCA in recognizing this amazing group of student-athletes for the positive impact they are making on their communities."</p> <p>While remarkable on the field performances are praised each weekend, these individuals' off the field accomplishments far exceed touchdowns and tackles. From traveling overseas to support third-world countries to raising thousands of dollars for kidney cancer research, these remarkable student-athletes have utilized their minimal free time in an impactful way, earning them national recognition.</p> <p>"It's very rewarding to see another record-setting year of nominees for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;," AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said. "With Allstate's help, this has become one of the most prestigious awards in college football, and one of the most important because it highlights some of the best student-athletes in the country who not only excel on the football field, but in their community service as well."</p> <p>Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; members and prominent college football media members will select the 2015 Good Works Team.&reg;</p> <p>The 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; voting panel includes: former Good Works Team&reg; members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports),&nbsp; Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and University of Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville; 1987 AFCA President and former head coach at Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards; and Jim Haskins, Executive Vice President, Allstate Brand Distribution.</p> <p>Once the final team members are announced in September, fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; Captain.</p> <p>In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.</p> <p>The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team &reg;.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Football Bowl Subdivision</span></strong></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>Arizona State University &ndash; James Johnson<br /> Arkansas State University &ndash; Fredi Knighten<br /> Auburn University &ndash; Jonathan Wallace<br /> Ball State University &ndash; Jacob Richard<br /> Boise State University &ndash; Shane Williams-Rhodes<br /> Brigham Young University &ndash; Bronson Kaufusi<br /> California State University, Fresno &ndash; Justin Northern<br /> Central Michigan University &ndash; Nick Beamish<br /> Clemson University &ndash; Eric Mac Lain<br /> Colorado State University &ndash; Trent Matthews<br /> Duke University &ndash; Kelby Brown<br /> Georgia Institute of Technology &ndash; D.J. White<br /> Georgia Southern University &ndash; Matt Dobson<br /> Georgia State University &ndash; Keith Rucker<br /> Indiana University &ndash; Nate Sudfeld<br /> Iowa State University &ndash; Levi Peters<br /> Kansas State University &ndash; Stanton Weber<br /> Kent State University &ndash; Jordan Italiano<br /> Louisiana State University &ndash; Jamie Keehn<br /> Marshall University &ndash; Tyler Williams<br /> Michigan State University &ndash; Josiah Price<br /> University of Alabama &ndash; O.J. Howard<br /> University of Arizona &ndash; Casey Skowron<br /> University of California &ndash; Stefan McClure<br /> University of California Los Angeles &ndash; Jake Brendel<br /> University of Connecticut &ndash; Andreas Knappe<br /> University of Georgia &ndash; Malcolm Mitchell<br /> University of Houston &ndash; Adrian McDonald<br /> University of Iowa &ndash; Jordan Lomax<br /> University of Kentucky &ndash; Landon Foster<br /> University of Louisville &ndash; James Burgess<br /> University of Maryland &ndash; Andrew Zeller<br /> University of Massachusetts &ndash; Blake Frohnapfel<br /> University of Memphis &ndash; Wynton McManis<br /> University of Miami &ndash; Deon Bush<br /> University of Michigan &ndash; Joe Bolden<br /> University of Minnesota &ndash; Peter Mortell<br /> University of Mississippi &ndash; Evan Engram<br /> University of Nebraska &ndash; Sam Burtch<br /> University of New Mexico &ndash; Garrett Adcock<br /> University of North Carolina &ndash; Shakeel Rashad</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Middle Tennessee State University &ndash; Darius Johnson<br /> Mississippi State University &ndash; Taveze Calhoun<br /> North Carolina State University &ndash; Mike Rose<br /> Northern Illinois University &ndash; Cameron Clinton-Earl<br /> Northwestern University &ndash; Max Chapman<br /> Ohio State University &ndash; Joshua Perry<br /> Old Dominion University &ndash; Tyler Compton<br /> Penn State University &ndash; Ben Kline<br /> Rice University &ndash; Driphus Jackson<br /> Rutgers University &ndash; Quentin Gause<br /> Southern Methodist University &ndash; Cameron Smith<br /> Stanford University &ndash; Dallas Lloyd<br /> Syracuse University &ndash; Hernz Laguerre<br /> Temple University &ndash; Hershey Walton<br /> Texas A&amp;M University &ndash; Julien Obioha<br /> Texas Christian University &ndash; Joey Hunt<br /> Texas Tech University &ndash; Justis Nelson<br /> Tulane University &ndash; Richard Carthon<br /> U.S. Naval Academy (Navy) &ndash; Myer Krah<br /> University of Akron &ndash; Christian Allen<br /> University of Notre Dame &ndash; Corey Robinson<br /> University of Oklahoma &ndash; Nila Kasitati<br /> University of Pittsburgh &ndash; James Conner<br /> University of South Alabama &ndash; Terrance Timmons<br /> University of South Carolina &ndash; Elliott Fry<br /> University of South Florida &ndash; Sean Price<br /> University of Southern California &ndash; Cody Kessler<br /> University of Tennessee &ndash; Joshua Dobbs<br /> University of Texas at El Paso &ndash; Aaron Jones<br /> University of Toledo &ndash; Alex Zmolik<br /> University of Utah &ndash; Kenneth Scott<br /> University of Virginia &ndash; Demetrious Nicholson<br /> University of Wisconsin &ndash; Vince Biegel<br /> Wake Forest University &ndash; Ryan Janvion<br /> Washington State University &ndash; Jeremiah Allison<br /> West Virginia University &ndash; Karl Joseph</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III &amp; NAIA)</span></strong></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>Alma College &ndash; Brent Luplow<br /> Angelo State University &ndash; Kyle Washington<br /> Aurora University &ndash; Billy Baker<br /> Azusa Pacific University &ndash; Andrew Elffers<br /> Berry College &ndash; Matt Farinella<br /> Bethany College (Kan.) &ndash; Brett Crome<br /> Bethel University (Minn.) &ndash; Matt Mehlhorn<br /> Butler University &ndash; Matt Shiltz<br /> Carson-Newman University &ndash; De'Andre Thomas<br /> Catawba College &ndash; Mike Sheehan<br /> Central College &ndash; Jacob Wassenaar<br /> Colorado School of Mines &ndash; Stephen Candelaria<br /> Cornell University (N.Y.) &ndash; Luke Hagy<br /> Dakota State University &ndash; Bobby Tisch<br /> Davidson College &ndash; Christopher Woods Jr.<br /> Defiance College &ndash; Cody Lee<br /> Denison University &ndash; Lucas Romick<br /> Dickinson State University &ndash; Meyer Bohn<br /> Drake University &ndash; John Hugunin<br /> East Stroudsburg University &ndash; Jon Schnaars<br /> Eastern Kentucky University &ndash; Avery Pitt<br /> Ferris State University &ndash; Jason Vander Laan<br /> Florida A&amp;M University &ndash; Akil Blount<br /> Marist College &ndash; Zach Quarles<br /> McDaniel College &ndash; Mike Oliveto<br /> Mississippi College &ndash; Seth McDonald<br /> Mississippi Valley State University &ndash; Sean Brown<br /> Moravian College &ndash; Anthony Orlando<br /> Morgan State University &ndash; Andrew King<br /> Morningside College &ndash; Ethan Stofferan<br /> North Carolina Central University &ndash; Tre Smith<br /> North Carolina Wesleyan College &ndash; Dustin Midgett<br /> Northern Arizona University &ndash; Dejzon Walker<br /> Northern State University &ndash; Joseph Parsley<br /> Northwest Missouri State University &ndash; Shane Smith<br /> Ohio Dominican University &ndash; Paul Wesselhoeft<br /> Ohio Wesleyan University &ndash; Tim Shadoan<br /> Peru State College &ndash; Logan Paben<br /> Pittsburg State University &ndash; Deron Washington<br /> Presentation College &ndash; Garret Fraser<br /> Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute &ndash; Austin Amery<br /> Rhodes College &ndash; Jonathan Wiener<br /> Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology &ndash; Tyler Rockwood<br /> Rowan University &ndash; Withler Marcelin<br /> Sacred Heart University &ndash; Nick Bartoli<br /> Saint Augustine's University &ndash; Roderick Davenport<br /> Saint Francis University (Pa.) &ndash; Khairi Dickson<br /> Saint John's University (Minn.) &ndash; Ben Brown<br /> Saint Vincent College &ndash; Andrew Geisler<br /> Salve Regina University &ndash; Mike McNamara<br /> Samford University &ndash; Gunnar Bromelow<br /> Shepherd University &ndash; Octavius Thomas<br /> South Dakota State University &ndash; Cam Jones<br /> Southeast Missouri State University &ndash; Paul McRoberts<br /> Southeastern Oklahoma State University &ndash; Kaymon Farmer<br /> Southern Arkansas University &ndash; John Miller<br /> St. Cloud State University &ndash; Jameson Parsons<br /> Stephen F. Austin State University &ndash; Aaron Thomas<br /> Stonehill College &ndash; Nick Chiocco</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Florida Institute of Technology &ndash; Manny Abad<br /> Fordham University &ndash; George Dawson<br /> Franklin College&ndash; Austin Carlton<br /> Frostburg State University &ndash; Josh Burch<br /> Gannon University &ndash; Liam Nadler<br /> Gardner-Webb University &ndash; Chad Geter<br /> Grand Valley State University &ndash; Alton Voss<br /> Harding University &ndash; De'Onte Garrett<br /> Heidelberg University &ndash; Ryan Finck<br /> Hillsdale College &ndash; Daniel Drummond<br /> Hope College &ndash; Robert Kish<br /> Idaho State University &ndash; Cody Sorensen<br /> Illinois State University &ndash; Kyle Avaloy<br /> Indiana State University &ndash; Mark Sewall<br /> Jackson State University &ndash; Teddrick Terrell<br /> Jacksonville State University &ndash; Dalton Screws<br /> John Carroll University &ndash; David Porter<br /> Lenoir-Rhyne University &ndash; Jacob Slagle<br /> Liberty University &ndash; Chima Uzowihe<br /> Lindenwood University (Mo.) &ndash; Connor Harris<br /> Macalester College &ndash; Forest Redlin<br /> Malone University &ndash; Jon Zimmerly<br /> Manchester University &ndash; Logan Haston<br /> Sul Ross State University &ndash; Sterling Jones<br /> Texas A&amp;M University-Kingsville &ndash; Christian Garcia<br /> Texas Lutheran University &ndash; Dominick Stives<br /> The Citadel &ndash; Joe Crochet<br /> Towson University &ndash; Jon Desir<br /> Trinity International University &ndash; Riley Schussler<br /> Trinity University (Texas) &ndash; Brad Hood<br /> Tufts University &ndash; Corey Burns<br /> University of Central Oklahoma &ndash; Seth Hiddink<br /> University of Chicago &ndash; Vincent Beltrano<br /> University of Dayton &ndash; Patrick Nuzzolese<br /> University of Dubuque &ndash; Blaine Snitker<br /> University of Maine &ndash; Trevor Bates<br /> University of Mary &ndash; Zach Roberson<br /> University of North Alabama &ndash; Lee Mayhall<br /> University of North Dakota &ndash; Dayo Idowu<br /> University of Northern Iowa &ndash; Isaac Ales<br /> University of Northwestern (Minn.) &ndash; Nathan Van Zee<br /> University of Puget Sound &ndash; Misha Gordon<br /> University of Rochester &ndash; Matthew Pisano<br /> University of San Diego &ndash; Devyn Bryant<br /> University of Sioux Falls &ndash; John Tidwell<br /> University of St. Thomas &ndash; David Simmet<br /> University of Tennessee at Martin &ndash; Taino Fears-Perez<br /> University of the Cumberlands &ndash; Randy Maynard<br /> University of the Incarnate Word &ndash; Padyn Giebler<br /> University of Wisconsin-Platteville &ndash; Alex Johnson<br /> University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point &ndash; Taylor Lucas<br /> Wartburg College &ndash; Robbie Anstoetter<br /> Washburn University &ndash; Michael Miller<br /> Washington University in St. Louis &ndash; Jonathan Way<br /> Wayne State University (Mich.) &ndash; Carl Roscoe<br /> Western Illinois University &ndash; Jordan Veloz<br /> Westminster College &ndash; Justin Dahl<br /> William Penn University &ndash; Kramer Patterson<br /> Wingate University &ndash; Mathu Gibson<br /> Worcester Polytechnic Institute &ndash; Jake Brown<br /> Yale University &ndash; Sebastian Little</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong> <br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">support local communities</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team</strong>&reg;<br /> The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams&reg; were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.</p> <p>The SEC leads all conferences with 62 selections to the Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Big 12 Conference with 47 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 29 selections. Georgia is in first place with 15 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.&reg; The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska with 14 honorees. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams&reg;, respectively.</p> <p><strong>About AFCA</strong><br /> The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jennifer Knoeppel, Taylor<br /> 212-714-5732<br /> <a href="mailto:jknoeppel@taylorstrategy.com">jknoeppel@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com">Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Vince Thompson, AFCA Media Relations<br /> 254-754-9900<br /> <a href="mailto:vince@afca.com">vince@afca.com</a></p> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:56:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4df65ded-b68d-4905-ae53-78fd07d15ef1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4df65ded-b68d-4905-ae53-78fd07d15ef1 Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Announce Record 197 Nominees for 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® College football’s preeminent community service award recognizes student-athletes for off the field achievements<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced an all-time high 197 nominees for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;, the most esteemed off the field honor in college football. For 24 years, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; has recognized college football players from across the country who exemplify a superior commitment to community service and volunteerism.</p> <p>Since its inception in 1992, the award highlights the "good" taking place off the football field. The select group of student-athletes nominated for this award by their respective colleges and universities are able to balance academics and athletics while remaining committed to helping others and bettering their communities.</p> <p>"For the third year in a row, we have received a record-breaking number of Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; nominees, an indication that the bar continues to be raised for the character on display in college football," said Jim Haskins, Executive Vice President, Allstate Brand Distribution and a member of the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; voting panel. "Allstate is proud to join the AFCA in recognizing this amazing group of student-athletes for the positive impact they are making on their communities."</p> <p>While remarkable on the field performances are praised each weekend, these individuals' off the field accomplishments far exceed touchdowns and tackles. From traveling overseas to support third-world countries to raising thousands of dollars for kidney cancer research, these remarkable student-athletes have utilized their minimal free time in an impactful way, earning them national recognition.</p> <p>"It's very rewarding to see another record-setting year of nominees for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;," AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said. "With Allstate's help, this has become one of the most prestigious awards in college football, and one of the most important because it highlights some of the best student-athletes in the country who not only excel on the football field, but in their community service as well."</p> <p>Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; members and prominent college football media members will select the 2015 Good Works Team.&reg;</p> <p>The 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; voting panel includes: former Good Works Team&reg; members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports),&nbsp; Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and University of Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville; 1987 AFCA President and former head coach at Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards; and Jim Haskins, Executive Vice President, Allstate Brand Distribution.</p> <p>Once the final team members are announced in September, fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; Captain.</p> <p>In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.</p> <p>The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team &reg;.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Football Bowl Subdivision</span></strong></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>Arizona State University &ndash; James Johnson<br /> Arkansas State University &ndash; Fredi Knighten<br /> Auburn University &ndash; Jonathan Wallace<br /> Ball State University &ndash; Jacob Richard<br /> Boise State University &ndash; Shane Williams-Rhodes<br /> Brigham Young University &ndash; Bronson Kaufusi<br /> California State University, Fresno &ndash; Justin Northern<br /> Central Michigan University &ndash; Nick Beamish<br /> Clemson University &ndash; Eric Mac Lain<br /> Colorado State University &ndash; Trent Matthews<br /> Duke University &ndash; Kelby Brown<br /> Georgia Institute of Technology &ndash; D.J. White<br /> Georgia Southern University &ndash; Matt Dobson<br /> Georgia State University &ndash; Keith Rucker<br /> Indiana University &ndash; Nate Sudfeld<br /> Iowa State University &ndash; Levi Peters<br /> Kansas State University &ndash; Stanton Weber<br /> Kent State University &ndash; Jordan Italiano<br /> Louisiana State University &ndash; Jamie Keehn<br /> Marshall University &ndash; Tyler Williams<br /> Michigan State University &ndash; Josiah Price<br /> University of Alabama &ndash; O.J. Howard<br /> University of Arizona &ndash; Casey Skowron<br /> University of California &ndash; Stefan McClure<br /> University of California Los Angeles &ndash; Jake Brendel<br /> University of Connecticut &ndash; Andreas Knappe<br /> University of Georgia &ndash; Malcolm Mitchell<br /> University of Houston &ndash; Adrian McDonald<br /> University of Iowa &ndash; Jordan Lomax<br /> University of Kentucky &ndash; Landon Foster<br /> University of Louisville &ndash; James Burgess<br /> University of Maryland &ndash; Andrew Zeller<br /> University of Massachusetts &ndash; Blake Frohnapfel<br /> University of Memphis &ndash; Wynton McManis<br /> University of Miami &ndash; Deon Bush<br /> University of Michigan &ndash; Joe Bolden<br /> University of Minnesota &ndash; Peter Mortell<br /> University of Mississippi &ndash; Evan Engram<br /> University of Nebraska &ndash; Sam Burtch<br /> University of New Mexico &ndash; Garrett Adcock<br /> University of North Carolina &ndash; Shakeel Rashad</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Middle Tennessee State University &ndash; Darius Johnson<br /> Mississippi State University &ndash; Taveze Calhoun<br /> North Carolina State University &ndash; Mike Rose<br /> Northern Illinois University &ndash; Cameron Clinton-Earl<br /> Northwestern University &ndash; Max Chapman<br /> Ohio State University &ndash; Joshua Perry<br /> Old Dominion University &ndash; Tyler Compton<br /> Penn State University &ndash; Ben Kline<br /> Rice University &ndash; Driphus Jackson<br /> Rutgers University &ndash; Quentin Gause<br /> Southern Methodist University &ndash; Cameron Smith<br /> Stanford University &ndash; Dallas Lloyd<br /> Syracuse University &ndash; Hernz Laguerre<br /> Temple University &ndash; Hershey Walton<br /> Texas A&amp;M University &ndash; Julien Obioha<br /> Texas Christian University &ndash; Joey Hunt<br /> Texas Tech University &ndash; Justis Nelson<br /> Tulane University &ndash; Richard Carthon<br /> U.S. Naval Academy (Navy) &ndash; Myer Krah<br /> University of Akron &ndash; Christian Allen<br /> University of Notre Dame &ndash; Corey Robinson<br /> University of Oklahoma &ndash; Nila Kasitati<br /> University of Pittsburgh &ndash; James Conner<br /> University of South Alabama &ndash; Terrance Timmons<br /> University of South Carolina &ndash; Elliott Fry<br /> University of South Florida &ndash; Sean Price<br /> University of Southern California &ndash; Cody Kessler<br /> University of Tennessee &ndash; Joshua Dobbs<br /> University of Texas at El Paso &ndash; Aaron Jones<br /> University of Toledo &ndash; Alex Zmolik<br /> University of Utah &ndash; Kenneth Scott<br /> University of Virginia &ndash; Demetrious Nicholson<br /> University of Wisconsin &ndash; Vince Biegel<br /> Wake Forest University &ndash; Ryan Janvion<br /> Washington State University &ndash; Jeremiah Allison<br /> West Virginia University &ndash; Karl Joseph</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III &amp; NAIA)</span></strong></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>Alma College &ndash; Brent Luplow<br /> Angelo State University &ndash; Kyle Washington<br /> Aurora University &ndash; Billy Baker<br /> Azusa Pacific University &ndash; Andrew Elffers<br /> Berry College &ndash; Matt Farinella<br /> Bethany College (Kan.) &ndash; Brett Crome<br /> Bethel University (Minn.) &ndash; Matt Mehlhorn<br /> Butler University &ndash; Matt Shiltz<br /> Carson-Newman University &ndash; De'Andre Thomas<br /> Catawba College &ndash; Mike Sheehan<br /> Central College &ndash; Jacob Wassenaar<br /> Colorado School of Mines &ndash; Stephen Candelaria<br /> Cornell University (N.Y.) &ndash; Luke Hagy<br /> Dakota State University &ndash; Bobby Tisch<br /> Davidson College &ndash; Christopher Woods Jr.<br /> Defiance College &ndash; Cody Lee<br /> Denison University &ndash; Lucas Romick<br /> Dickinson State University &ndash; Meyer Bohn<br /> Drake University &ndash; John Hugunin<br /> East Stroudsburg University &ndash; Jon Schnaars<br /> Eastern Kentucky University &ndash; Avery Pitt<br /> Ferris State University &ndash; Jason Vander Laan<br /> Florida A&amp;M University &ndash; Akil Blount<br /> Marist College &ndash; Zach Quarles<br /> McDaniel College &ndash; Mike Oliveto<br /> Mississippi College &ndash; Seth McDonald<br /> Mississippi Valley State University &ndash; Sean Brown<br /> Moravian College &ndash; Anthony Orlando<br /> Morgan State University &ndash; Andrew King<br /> Morningside College &ndash; Ethan Stofferan<br /> North Carolina Central University &ndash; Tre Smith<br /> North Carolina Wesleyan College &ndash; Dustin Midgett<br /> Northern Arizona University &ndash; Dejzon Walker<br /> Northern State University &ndash; Joseph Parsley<br /> Northwest Missouri State University &ndash; Shane Smith<br /> Ohio Dominican University &ndash; Paul Wesselhoeft<br /> Ohio Wesleyan University &ndash; Tim Shadoan<br /> Peru State College &ndash; Logan Paben<br /> Pittsburg State University &ndash; Deron Washington<br /> Presentation College &ndash; Garret Fraser<br /> Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute &ndash; Austin Amery<br /> Rhodes College &ndash; Jonathan Wiener<br /> Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology &ndash; Tyler Rockwood<br /> Rowan University &ndash; Withler Marcelin<br /> Sacred Heart University &ndash; Nick Bartoli<br /> Saint Augustine's University &ndash; Roderick Davenport<br /> Saint Francis University (Pa.) &ndash; Khairi Dickson<br /> Saint John's University (Minn.) &ndash; Ben Brown<br /> Saint Vincent College &ndash; Andrew Geisler<br /> Salve Regina University &ndash; Mike McNamara<br /> Samford University &ndash; Gunnar Bromelow<br /> Shepherd University &ndash; Octavius Thomas<br /> South Dakota State University &ndash; Cam Jones<br /> Southeast Missouri State University &ndash; Paul McRoberts<br /> Southeastern Oklahoma State University &ndash; Kaymon Farmer<br /> Southern Arkansas University &ndash; John Miller<br /> St. Cloud State University &ndash; Jameson Parsons<br /> Stephen F. Austin State University &ndash; Aaron Thomas<br /> Stonehill College &ndash; Nick Chiocco</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Florida Institute of Technology &ndash; Manny Abad<br /> Fordham University &ndash; George Dawson<br /> Franklin College&ndash; Austin Carlton<br /> Frostburg State University &ndash; Josh Burch<br /> Gannon University &ndash; Liam Nadler<br /> Gardner-Webb University &ndash; Chad Geter<br /> Grand Valley State University &ndash; Alton Voss<br /> Harding University &ndash; De'Onte Garrett<br /> Heidelberg University &ndash; Ryan Finck<br /> Hillsdale College &ndash; Daniel Drummond<br /> Hope College &ndash; Robert Kish<br /> Idaho State University &ndash; Cody Sorensen<br /> Illinois State University &ndash; Kyle Avaloy<br /> Indiana State University &ndash; Mark Sewall<br /> Jackson State University &ndash; Teddrick Terrell<br /> Jacksonville State University &ndash; Dalton Screws<br /> John Carroll University &ndash; David Porter<br /> Lenoir-Rhyne University &ndash; Jacob Slagle<br /> Liberty University &ndash; Chima Uzowihe<br /> Lindenwood University (Mo.) &ndash; Connor Harris<br /> Macalester College &ndash; Forest Redlin<br /> Malone University &ndash; Jon Zimmerly<br /> Manchester University &ndash; Logan Haston<br /> Sul Ross State University &ndash; Sterling Jones<br /> Texas A&amp;M University-Kingsville &ndash; Christian Garcia<br /> Texas Lutheran University &ndash; Dominick Stives<br /> The Citadel &ndash; Joe Crochet<br /> Towson University &ndash; Jon Desir<br /> Trinity International University &ndash; Riley Schussler<br /> Trinity University (Texas) &ndash; Brad Hood<br /> Tufts University &ndash; Corey Burns<br /> University of Central Oklahoma &ndash; Seth Hiddink<br /> University of Chicago &ndash; Vincent Beltrano<br /> University of Dayton &ndash; Patrick Nuzzolese<br /> University of Dubuque &ndash; Blaine Snitker<br /> University of Maine &ndash; Trevor Bates<br /> University of Mary &ndash; Zach Roberson<br /> University of North Alabama &ndash; Lee Mayhall<br /> University of North Dakota &ndash; Dayo Idowu<br /> University of Northern Iowa &ndash; Isaac Ales<br /> University of Northwestern (Minn.) &ndash; Nathan Van Zee<br /> University of Puget Sound &ndash; Misha Gordon<br /> University of Rochester &ndash; Matthew Pisano<br /> University of San Diego &ndash; Devyn Bryant<br /> University of Sioux Falls &ndash; John Tidwell<br /> University of St. Thomas &ndash; David Simmet<br /> University of Tennessee at Martin &ndash; Taino Fears-Perez<br /> University of the Cumberlands &ndash; Randy Maynard<br /> University of the Incarnate Word &ndash; Padyn Giebler<br /> University of Wisconsin-Platteville &ndash; Alex Johnson<br /> University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point &ndash; Taylor Lucas<br /> Wartburg College &ndash; Robbie Anstoetter<br /> Washburn University &ndash; Michael Miller<br /> Washington University in St. Louis &ndash; Jonathan Way<br /> Wayne State University (Mich.) &ndash; Carl Roscoe<br /> Western Illinois University &ndash; Jordan Veloz<br /> Westminster College &ndash; Justin Dahl<br /> William Penn University &ndash; Kramer Patterson<br /> Wingate University &ndash; Mathu Gibson<br /> Worcester Polytechnic Institute &ndash; Jake Brown<br /> Yale University &ndash; Sebastian Little</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong> <br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">support local communities</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team</strong>&reg;<br /> The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams&reg; were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.</p> <p>The SEC leads all conferences with 62 selections to the Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Big 12 Conference with 47 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 29 selections. Georgia is in first place with 15 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.&reg; The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska with 14 honorees. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams&reg;, respectively.</p> <p><strong>About AFCA</strong><br /> The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jennifer Knoeppel, Taylor<br /> 212-714-5732<br /> <a href="mailto:jknoeppel@taylorstrategy.com">jknoeppel@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com">Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Vince Thompson, AFCA Media Relations<br /> 254-754-9900<br /> <a href="mailto:vince@afca.com">vince@afca.com</a></p> Allstate Announces Common Stock Dividend <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced a quarterly dividend of 30 cents on each outstanding share of the corporation's common stock, payable in cash on October 1, 2015, to stockholders of record at the close of business on August 31, 2015.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p>#&nbsp;# #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Greg Burns<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 08:20:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/340113ad-c037-43dd-82ef-79e182f36db2 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/340113ad-c037-43dd-82ef-79e182f36db2 Allstate Announces Common Stock Dividend <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced a quarterly dividend of 30 cents on each outstanding share of the corporation's common stock, payable in cash on October 1, 2015, to stockholders of record at the close of business on August 31, 2015.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p>#&nbsp;# #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Greg Burns<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Allstate Named Official Protector of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup™ Trophy Gold Cup Trophy to be Shared with Fans and Protected by Allstate as it Visits Matches Across the Country<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today that Allstate Insurance Company will be the Official Protector of the Gold Cup&trade; trophy as it makes its way to some of the biggest soccer matches across the country. The seven-city Gold Cup Trophy tour scheduled for this month, gives soccer fans across the United States the chance to interact with the Cup awarded to the winner of the region's preeminent men's national team soccer tournament. <strong> </strong></p> <p>Allstate, an official sponsor of the Gold Cup, will kick off the trophy tour today in Dallas ahead of the opening match at Toyota Stadium, during which defending 2013 champion United States takes on Honduras as part of a double header, also featuring 2013 runner-up Panama versus Haiti. <strong></strong></p> <p>"As Protector of the Cup, CONCACAF is confident Allstate can protect one of our most precious symbols &ndash; the Gold Cup Trophy," said CONCACAF Acting General Secretary Ted Howard. "The end result has yielded a great opportunity for fans at this summer's Gold Cup &ndash; the chance to get up close and personal with the trophy and truly enhance their experience."</p> <p>The month-long trophy tour culminates at the final matches in Philadelphia, July 24-26. At each stop along the tour, the Gold Cup Trophy will be displayed at Allstate-organized community events benefiting local youth soccer leagues and at the Allstate Fan Zone &ndash; a fun and interactive experience where fans can take part in family-friendly activities and meet soccer legends Adolfo Rios or Brian McBride before heading into the match.</p> <p>"Soccer has some of the most loyal and passionate fans in sports. There's no better way to celebrate them than to provide exclusive access to the coveted Gold Cup Trophy," said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company. "It's a natural fit for Allstate to protect the Cup, just like we keep our customers in good hands, protecting them from life's uncertainties."</p> <p>As part of the trophy tour, the Gold Cup will visit Dallas, Chicago, Kansas City, Charlotte, Baltimore, Atlanta and Philadelphia, in that order. The full schedule is as follows:</p> <p>July 6 - July 7 &ndash; Dallas, Texas and Toyota Stadium (July 7) <br /> July 8 - July 9 &ndash; Chicago, Illinois and Soldier Field (July 9) <br /> July 12 - July 13 &ndash; Kansas City, Kansas and Sporting Park (July 13) <br /> July 14 - July 15 &ndash; Charlotte, North Carolina and Bank of America Stadium (July 15)<br /> July 16 - July 18 &ndash; Baltimore, Maryland and M&amp;T Bank Stadium (July 18)<br /> July 21 - July 22 &ndash; Atlanta, Georgia and the Georgia Dome (July 22)<br /> July 24 - July 26 &ndash; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and PPL Park/Lincoln Financial Field (July 26)</p> <p>This year marks the first time Allstate has joined CONCACAF as a sponsor of the Gold Cup. The company has a well-established history of supporting soccer events in North America, including Major League Soccer and the Mexican National team, and is committed to aiding grassroots community initiatives to help the next generation of soccer fans and players.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be played from July 7-26, involving 12 teams from the region. Qualifying countries for this year's tournament are in alphabetical order: Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad &amp; Tobago and the United States.</p> <p>The Gold Cup will take place in 13 cities across the United States and Canada. Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Toronto will all host group stage double-headers. Atlanta, Baltimore, New York/New Jersey and Philadelphia have been slated for knockout round matches, with the final match schedules set to be announced later this summer.</p> <p>The winning team will qualify for a playoff to determine which CONCACAF team will participate in the Confederations Cup &ndash; a competition ahead of the World Cup which features the champion from each region of the world, as well as the host nation and the defending World Cup champion. Since clinching the Gold Cup in 2013, the United States has already qualified for the playoff, so a repeat performance this summer will automatically confirm its place in the Confederations Cup.</p> <p>Taking place every two years, the Gold Cup has established itself as the region's most popular national team tournament, routinely drawing capacity crowds and millions of viewers across the region. The Gold Cup has been played 12 times since the inaugural edition in 1991.</p> <p><strong>About CONCACAF</strong><br /> CONCACAF -- the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football -- is one of six continental confederations of FIFA (F&eacute;d&eacute;ration Internationale de Football Association) and serves as the governing body of football in this part of the world. It is comprised of 41 national associations, from Canada in the north to Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana in the south. Please visit www.concacaf.com for more information.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com">Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Jessie Snider, Taylor<br /> 704-644-6928<br /> <a href="mailto:jsnider@taylorstrategy.com">jsnider@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:36:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/eec02571-bb44-4302-9288-b12a25b7a03e http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/eec02571-bb44-4302-9288-b12a25b7a03e Allstate Named Official Protector of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup™ Trophy Gold Cup Trophy to be Shared with Fans and Protected by Allstate as it Visits Matches Across the Country<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today that Allstate Insurance Company will be the Official Protector of the Gold Cup&trade; trophy as it makes its way to some of the biggest soccer matches across the country. The seven-city Gold Cup Trophy tour scheduled for this month, gives soccer fans across the United States the chance to interact with the Cup awarded to the winner of the region's preeminent men's national team soccer tournament. <strong> </strong></p> <p>Allstate, an official sponsor of the Gold Cup, will kick off the trophy tour today in Dallas ahead of the opening match at Toyota Stadium, during which defending 2013 champion United States takes on Honduras as part of a double header, also featuring 2013 runner-up Panama versus Haiti. <strong></strong></p> <p>"As Protector of the Cup, CONCACAF is confident Allstate can protect one of our most precious symbols &ndash; the Gold Cup Trophy," said CONCACAF Acting General Secretary Ted Howard. "The end result has yielded a great opportunity for fans at this summer's Gold Cup &ndash; the chance to get up close and personal with the trophy and truly enhance their experience."</p> <p>The month-long trophy tour culminates at the final matches in Philadelphia, July 24-26. At each stop along the tour, the Gold Cup Trophy will be displayed at Allstate-organized community events benefiting local youth soccer leagues and at the Allstate Fan Zone &ndash; a fun and interactive experience where fans can take part in family-friendly activities and meet soccer legends Adolfo Rios or Brian McBride before heading into the match.</p> <p>"Soccer has some of the most loyal and passionate fans in sports. There's no better way to celebrate them than to provide exclusive access to the coveted Gold Cup Trophy," said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company. "It's a natural fit for Allstate to protect the Cup, just like we keep our customers in good hands, protecting them from life's uncertainties."</p> <p>As part of the trophy tour, the Gold Cup will visit Dallas, Chicago, Kansas City, Charlotte, Baltimore, Atlanta and Philadelphia, in that order. The full schedule is as follows:</p> <p>July 6 - July 7 &ndash; Dallas, Texas and Toyota Stadium (July 7) <br /> July 8 - July 9 &ndash; Chicago, Illinois and Soldier Field (July 9) <br /> July 12 - July 13 &ndash; Kansas City, Kansas and Sporting Park (July 13) <br /> July 14 - July 15 &ndash; Charlotte, North Carolina and Bank of America Stadium (July 15)<br /> July 16 - July 18 &ndash; Baltimore, Maryland and M&amp;T Bank Stadium (July 18)<br /> July 21 - July 22 &ndash; Atlanta, Georgia and the Georgia Dome (July 22)<br /> July 24 - July 26 &ndash; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and PPL Park/Lincoln Financial Field (July 26)</p> <p>This year marks the first time Allstate has joined CONCACAF as a sponsor of the Gold Cup. The company has a well-established history of supporting soccer events in North America, including Major League Soccer and the Mexican National team, and is committed to aiding grassroots community initiatives to help the next generation of soccer fans and players.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be played from July 7-26, involving 12 teams from the region. Qualifying countries for this year's tournament are in alphabetical order: Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad &amp; Tobago and the United States.</p> <p>The Gold Cup will take place in 13 cities across the United States and Canada. Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Toronto will all host group stage double-headers. Atlanta, Baltimore, New York/New Jersey and Philadelphia have been slated for knockout round matches, with the final match schedules set to be announced later this summer.</p> <p>The winning team will qualify for a playoff to determine which CONCACAF team will participate in the Confederations Cup &ndash; a competition ahead of the World Cup which features the champion from each region of the world, as well as the host nation and the defending World Cup champion. Since clinching the Gold Cup in 2013, the United States has already qualified for the playoff, so a repeat performance this summer will automatically confirm its place in the Confederations Cup.</p> <p>Taking place every two years, the Gold Cup has established itself as the region's most popular national team tournament, routinely drawing capacity crowds and millions of viewers across the region. The Gold Cup has been played 12 times since the inaugural edition in 1991.</p> <p><strong>About CONCACAF</strong><br /> CONCACAF -- the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football -- is one of six continental confederations of FIFA (F&eacute;d&eacute;ration Internationale de Football Association) and serves as the governing body of football in this part of the world. It is comprised of 41 national associations, from Canada in the north to Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana in the south. Please visit www.concacaf.com for more information.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com">Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Jessie Snider, Taylor<br /> 704-644-6928<br /> <a href="mailto:jsnider@taylorstrategy.com">jsnider@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> Allstate Offers Insurance Claims Help for Customers Affected by the Sleepy Hollow Wildfire <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate is committed to helping residents begin the rebuilding process following the Sleepy Hollow wildfire. Claims personnel are on the ground in the affected areas to help customers begin the claims process.</p> <p>Allstate customers whose homes or automobiles have been damaged or destroyed by this wildfire, or who were ordered by civil authorities to leave their homes can file a claim using one of the following methods:</p> <ul> <li>Visit Allstate claims personnel on-site Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat-Sun: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Walmart in Wenatchee, located at 2000 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801</li> <li>Call or visit an <strong>Allstate agent</strong></li> <li>Call Allstate at <strong>1-800-54-STORM (1-800-547-8676)</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.allstate.com/claims/report-claim.aspx">Report a claim online</a></strong></li> </ul> <p>Remember, personal safety comes first. If it's safe to do so, consider the following tips when returning to homes in the fire affected areas:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Review your homeowners' policy for additional living expense coverage.</strong> Customers who were ordered to leave their homes by civil authorities may be eligible for Additional Living Expenses (ALE). Please check your homeowner policy to see what coverage it provides. If you have any questions, please contact your agent or adjuster.</li> <li><strong>Make temporary repairs.</strong> Check your policy to see if it provides reimbursement for temporary repairs that are needed as a result of the fire to prevent further loss. Keep an accurate, detailed record of temporary repair costs to submit to your adjuster for possible reimbursement.</li> <li><strong>Review your automobile policy.</strong> Talk to your agent to determine whether or not your auto insurance policy provides coverage if your vehicle is damaged by fire.</li> </ul> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Frank Clouser<br /> <a href="mailto:Frank.Clouser@allstate.com">Frank.Clouser@allstate.com</a> <br /> Office: 425-489-5238<br /> Mobile: 425-205-7190</p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:20:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/54d2e8cb-75b9-4a61-beff-7f69f5c3f480 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/54d2e8cb-75b9-4a61-beff-7f69f5c3f480 Allstate Offers Insurance Claims Help for Customers Affected by the Sleepy Hollow Wildfire <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate is committed to helping residents begin the rebuilding process following the Sleepy Hollow wildfire. Claims personnel are on the ground in the affected areas to help customers begin the claims process.</p> <p>Allstate customers whose homes or automobiles have been damaged or destroyed by this wildfire, or who were ordered by civil authorities to leave their homes can file a claim using one of the following methods:</p> <ul> <li>Visit Allstate claims personnel on-site Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat-Sun: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Walmart in Wenatchee, located at 2000 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801</li> <li>Call or visit an <strong>Allstate agent</strong></li> <li>Call Allstate at <strong>1-800-54-STORM (1-800-547-8676)</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.allstate.com/claims/report-claim.aspx">Report a claim online</a></strong></li> </ul> <p>Remember, personal safety comes first. If it's safe to do so, consider the following tips when returning to homes in the fire affected areas:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Review your homeowners' policy for additional living expense coverage.</strong> Customers who were ordered to leave their homes by civil authorities may be eligible for Additional Living Expenses (ALE). Please check your homeowner policy to see what coverage it provides. If you have any questions, please contact your agent or adjuster.</li> <li><strong>Make temporary repairs.</strong> Check your policy to see if it provides reimbursement for temporary repairs that are needed as a result of the fire to prevent further loss. Keep an accurate, detailed record of temporary repair costs to submit to your adjuster for possible reimbursement.</li> <li><strong>Review your automobile policy.</strong> Talk to your agent to determine whether or not your auto insurance policy provides coverage if your vehicle is damaged by fire.</li> </ul> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Frank Clouser<br /> <a href="mailto:Frank.Clouser@allstate.com">Frank.Clouser@allstate.com</a> <br /> Office: 425-489-5238<br /> Mobile: 425-205-7190</p> Allstate Celebrates 20th Anniversary of its 'Independence Day' Became fully independent public company on June 30, 1995<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Twenty years ago today, The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) became fully independent, marking a pivotal moment in its evolution as a public company.</p> <p>On June 30, 1995, Sears, Roebuck and Co. completed the spin-off of its one-time insurance subsidiary by divesting all its Allstate shares to Sears shareholders &ndash; just two years after offering 20 percent of its Allstate shares to investors in an initial public offering.</p> <p>For Allstate &ndash; founded in 1931 &ndash; the spin-off heralded a period of growth and progress. The company expanded its relationship with customers, defined its shared purpose and persevered through severe weather and economic storms.</p> <p>Since the spin-off, Allstate's total shareholder return of 610 percent has exceeded the 460 percent return of the S&amp;P 500 stock index, as well as the 375 percent return of the S&amp;P Property-Casualty Index. Over the past 20 years, Allstate has provided more than $36 billion in cash returns to common shareholders.</p> <p>"Being public enabled us to build a stronger organization as we helped to protect millions of customers from life's uncertainties, recover from unexpected events and prepare for the future," said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman and chief executive officer. "We look forward to additional decades of making a difference in the communities we serve and being a Force for Good for our shareholders, employees, agency owners and other stakeholders."</p> <p>Before the spinoff, Sears still had a controlling interest in Allstate and decisions were influenced by them, said Steven Shebik, chief financial officer. "Our Independence Day was 20 years ago," Shebik said. "It changed our attitudes in a powerful way. As a fully independent public company, we were able to take charge of our future and focus on growth by providing auto, home and life insurance to middle America."</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Greg Burns<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:03:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d3f383bb-c1ab-4149-8682-11378a9f702f http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d3f383bb-c1ab-4149-8682-11378a9f702f Allstate Celebrates 20th Anniversary of its 'Independence Day' Became fully independent public company on June 30, 1995<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Twenty years ago today, The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) became fully independent, marking a pivotal moment in its evolution as a public company.</p> <p>On June 30, 1995, Sears, Roebuck and Co. completed the spin-off of its one-time insurance subsidiary by divesting all its Allstate shares to Sears shareholders &ndash; just two years after offering 20 percent of its Allstate shares to investors in an initial public offering.</p> <p>For Allstate &ndash; founded in 1931 &ndash; the spin-off heralded a period of growth and progress. The company expanded its relationship with customers, defined its shared purpose and persevered through severe weather and economic storms.</p> <p>Since the spin-off, Allstate's total shareholder return of 610 percent has exceeded the 460 percent return of the S&amp;P 500 stock index, as well as the 375 percent return of the S&amp;P Property-Casualty Index. Over the past 20 years, Allstate has provided more than $36 billion in cash returns to common shareholders.</p> <p>"Being public enabled us to build a stronger organization as we helped to protect millions of customers from life's uncertainties, recover from unexpected events and prepare for the future," said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman and chief executive officer. "We look forward to additional decades of making a difference in the communities we serve and being a Force for Good for our shareholders, employees, agency owners and other stakeholders."</p> <p>Before the spinoff, Sears still had a controlling interest in Allstate and decisions were influenced by them, said Steven Shebik, chief financial officer. "Our Independence Day was 20 years ago," Shebik said. "It changed our attitudes in a powerful way. As a fully independent public company, we were able to take charge of our future and focus on growth by providing auto, home and life insurance to middle America."</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Greg Burns<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> As Wildfire Threatens, Allstate Offers Advice For Washington Homeowners <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>With the Sleepy Hollow Wildfire burning in Wenatchee, Allstate is ready to respond with claim personnel to help customers. But right now, safety comes first.</p> <p>If evacuations may soon be a possibility, you need to prepare immediately for a quick departure. Allstate and the Insurance Institute on Building and Home Safety have ways for people to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/be-aware-and-prepare/wildfire.aspx">be aware and prepare</a> when wildfire threatens.</p> <p><strong>Before leaving the home&hellip;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Gather important documents such as insurance policies, birth certificates and identification.</li> <li>If it's safe to do so, conduct a home inventory of your property. It's helpful to keep track of model numbers and stores where items were purchased. Keep your inventory, including photos and videos, in a safe place away from your home.</li> <li>Contact your Allstate agent to determine whether your homeowners' policy provides for additional living expenses if you've been evacuated from your home under orders of local civil authorities.</li> <li>Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit including a supply of water, non-perishable food, radio and batteries, flashlight and a first-aid kit.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If leaving the home&hellip;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Develop an evacuation plan that includes at least two exit routes from the neighborhood. Choose a route away from fire hazards and watch for changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> <li>Be aware of information provided by local authorities and law enforcement on when to evacuate and when it is safe to return home.</li> <li>Close windows, vents, doors, Venetian blinds or non-combustible window coverings and heavy drapes.</li> <li>Notify neighbors, family and friends of your intended destination, and exchange contact information.</li> </ul> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:<br /> </strong>Frank Clouser <br /> Office: 425-489-5238<br /> Mobile:&nbsp; 425-205-7190</p> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:51:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/0c0147ae-06c4-480c-b09e-6e9d4b4be2ce http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/0c0147ae-06c4-480c-b09e-6e9d4b4be2ce As Wildfire Threatens, Allstate Offers Advice For Washington Homeowners <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>With the Sleepy Hollow Wildfire burning in Wenatchee, Allstate is ready to respond with claim personnel to help customers. But right now, safety comes first.</p> <p>If evacuations may soon be a possibility, you need to prepare immediately for a quick departure. Allstate and the Insurance Institute on Building and Home Safety have ways for people to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/be-aware-and-prepare/wildfire.aspx">be aware and prepare</a> when wildfire threatens.</p> <p><strong>Before leaving the home&hellip;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Gather important documents such as insurance policies, birth certificates and identification.</li> <li>If it's safe to do so, conduct a home inventory of your property. It's helpful to keep track of model numbers and stores where items were purchased. Keep your inventory, including photos and videos, in a safe place away from your home.</li> <li>Contact your Allstate agent to determine whether your homeowners' policy provides for additional living expenses if you've been evacuated from your home under orders of local civil authorities.</li> <li>Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit including a supply of water, non-perishable food, radio and batteries, flashlight and a first-aid kit.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If leaving the home&hellip;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Develop an evacuation plan that includes at least two exit routes from the neighborhood. Choose a route away from fire hazards and watch for changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> <li>Be aware of information provided by local authorities and law enforcement on when to evacuate and when it is safe to return home.</li> <li>Close windows, vents, doors, Venetian blinds or non-combustible window coverings and heavy drapes.</li> <li>Notify neighbors, family and friends of your intended destination, and exchange contact information.</li> </ul> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:<br /> </strong>Frank Clouser <br /> Office: 425-489-5238<br /> Mobile:&nbsp; 425-205-7190</p> Allstate "Reality Rides®" Rolls into Reno to Combat Distracted Driving <strong>This release contains: 6 Photos, 1 Related Document, 1 Video</strong><p>Allstate "Reality Rides&reg;" is making a pit-stop in Reno on its tour of 25 cities across America. Reality Rides is a distracted driving simulator that aims to prevent these avoidable collisions. In its third year, the campaign builds awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and offers tips and information on how to be safer behind the wheel.</p> <p>In 2013, there were 262 fatalities as a result of car accidents in Nevada<sup>i</sup>. To help combat these tragedies, Reality Rides will visit Reno's Rockabilly Riot from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., adding an element of safety amidst the drag racing and hot rod shows.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is a safe and compelling way for Reno motorists see the impact distractions have on their driving," said Stacy Trivitt, a local Allstate agency owner. "The goal of Reality Rides is to help eliminate the more than 3,000 lives lost and 400,000 injuries nationally caused by distracted driver related collisions each year."</p> <p>A survey of more than 4,500 people who experienced Reality Rides' simulation shows that 69 percent learned more about distracted driving, and 85 percent found the program "fun and effective."</p> <p>Reality Rides features a real but stationary car equipped with virtual reality technology that displays a responsive animated environment on a curved LED television embedded in the windshield. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions. Participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life, and have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to not text and drive.</p> <p><strong>Curbing Bad Habits</strong><br /> Allstate Reality Rides tours surveyed participants before experiencing the simulator and found they "get" how distracted driving is dangerous, yet many didn't make attempts to curb their behaviors:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Nearly 60 percent admit to talking on the phone and 43 percent admit to texting while driving at least "sometimes" if not more.</li> <li>Nearly seven-in-10 rate their ability to text or talk on the phone while driving as "fair" or "poor" as opposed to "the same," "good" or "excellent."</li> <li>Two-thirds of drivers claimed their knowledge of texting's impairment effect was average or above.</li> <li>A large majority (85 percent) think texting and distracted driving is the same or more dangerous than drunk driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Reality Rides Reach</strong><br /> After experiencing the Reality Rides simulation, participants answered another survey that gauged its reach in changing their road safety opinions:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Six-in-10 said they would "never text and drive," and another nearly one-third said they would "think twice about texting while driving."</li> <li>Majority of participants (58 percent) said they will not let others drive distracted or they will inform others of the dangers (almost 35 percent).</li> <li>A vast majority &ndash; 92 percent &ndash; said they are at least "slightly less likely" to ride with others who text or are distracted while driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen Safe Driving:</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Distracted driving is attributed to about 16 percent of all car collisions.<sup>ii</sup> </li> <li>Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash,<sup>ii</sup> and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.<sup>iii</sup></li> <li>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 11-27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.<sup>i</sup></li> <li>Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 30 percent in the states where they have been adopted.<sup>iv</sup></li> <li>The Advocates for Highway &amp; Auto Safety found that the annual economic cost due to motor vehicle crashes in Nevada is more than $2.2 billion. </li> <li>Research from The Allstate Foundation's "License to Save" report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.<sup>iii</sup></li> </ul> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt" target="_blank">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013-2014 survey of more than 4,500 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April 2013 through November of 2014 via 70 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Media Contact:</strong></p> <p>Chelci Hudson<br /> 602-317-4825<br /> @AllstateSW</p> <p><sup>i</sup> <em>January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> <p><sup>ii</sup><em> Setting Limits, Saving Lives &ndash; The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at </em><a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov" target="_blank"><em>www.nhtsa.dot.gov</em></a><em> and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, available at</em><a href="http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf" target="_blank"> www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf</a></p> <p><sup>iii</sup><em> Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, "NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors"</em></p> <p><sup>iv</sup><em> January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/b158f1f3-420f-4573-b7ad-4de54e2ec5b5 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/b158f1f3-420f-4573-b7ad-4de54e2ec5b5 Allstate "Reality Rides®" Rolls into Reno to Combat Distracted Driving <strong>This release contains: 6 Photos, 1 Related Document, 1 Video</strong><p>Allstate "Reality Rides&reg;" is making a pit-stop in Reno on its tour of 25 cities across America. Reality Rides is a distracted driving simulator that aims to prevent these avoidable collisions. In its third year, the campaign builds awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and offers tips and information on how to be safer behind the wheel.</p> <p>In 2013, there were 262 fatalities as a result of car accidents in Nevada<sup>i</sup>. To help combat these tragedies, Reality Rides will visit Reno's Rockabilly Riot from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., adding an element of safety amidst the drag racing and hot rod shows.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is a safe and compelling way for Reno motorists see the impact distractions have on their driving," said Stacy Trivitt, a local Allstate agency owner. "The goal of Reality Rides is to help eliminate the more than 3,000 lives lost and 400,000 injuries nationally caused by distracted driver related collisions each year."</p> <p>A survey of more than 4,500 people who experienced Reality Rides' simulation shows that 69 percent learned more about distracted driving, and 85 percent found the program "fun and effective."</p> <p>Reality Rides features a real but stationary car equipped with virtual reality technology that displays a responsive animated environment on a curved LED television embedded in the windshield. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions. Participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life, and have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to not text and drive.</p> <p><strong>Curbing Bad Habits</strong><br /> Allstate Reality Rides tours surveyed participants before experiencing the simulator and found they "get" how distracted driving is dangerous, yet many didn't make attempts to curb their behaviors:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Nearly 60 percent admit to talking on the phone and 43 percent admit to texting while driving at least "sometimes" if not more.</li> <li>Nearly seven-in-10 rate their ability to text or talk on the phone while driving as "fair" or "poor" as opposed to "the same," "good" or "excellent."</li> <li>Two-thirds of drivers claimed their knowledge of texting's impairment effect was average or above.</li> <li>A large majority (85 percent) think texting and distracted driving is the same or more dangerous than drunk driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Reality Rides Reach</strong><br /> After experiencing the Reality Rides simulation, participants answered another survey that gauged its reach in changing their road safety opinions:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Six-in-10 said they would "never text and drive," and another nearly one-third said they would "think twice about texting while driving."</li> <li>Majority of participants (58 percent) said they will not let others drive distracted or they will inform others of the dangers (almost 35 percent).</li> <li>A vast majority &ndash; 92 percent &ndash; said they are at least "slightly less likely" to ride with others who text or are distracted while driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen Safe Driving:</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Distracted driving is attributed to about 16 percent of all car collisions.<sup>ii</sup> </li> <li>Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash,<sup>ii</sup> and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.<sup>iii</sup></li> <li>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 11-27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.<sup>i</sup></li> <li>Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 30 percent in the states where they have been adopted.<sup>iv</sup></li> <li>The Advocates for Highway &amp; Auto Safety found that the annual economic cost due to motor vehicle crashes in Nevada is more than $2.2 billion. </li> <li>Research from The Allstate Foundation's "License to Save" report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.<sup>iii</sup></li> </ul> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt" target="_blank">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013-2014 survey of more than 4,500 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April 2013 through November of 2014 via 70 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Media Contact:</strong></p> <p>Chelci Hudson<br /> 602-317-4825<br /> @AllstateSW</p> <p><sup>i</sup> <em>January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> <p><sup>ii</sup><em> Setting Limits, Saving Lives &ndash; The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at </em><a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov" target="_blank"><em>www.nhtsa.dot.gov</em></a><em> and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, available at</em><a href="http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf" target="_blank"> www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf</a></p> <p><sup>iii</sup><em> Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, "NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors"</em></p> <p><sup>iv</sup><em> January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> New Report Finds Parents in the Dark about their Teens’ Driving Habits Teens mimicking parents’ risky behaviors behind the wheel<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>A report from The Allstate Foundation finds many parents are largely unaware that their teens are speeding, driving while distracted, and even driving under the influence. Making matters worse, teens may be picking up these same behaviors from their parents.</p> <p>The findings were released in the Foundation's new Driving Change Report. Among the key data:</p> <ul> <li>Seventy-nine percent (79 percent) of teens admit to speeding, but only 55 percent of parents believe their teens speed.</li> <li>Ninety-five percent (95 percent) of teens admit to getting a moving violation; only 79 percent of parents believe their teens have committed an offense.&nbsp; </li> <li>Twenty-three percent (23 percent) of teens admit they've driven after drinking alcohol and/or using marijuana, but only 7 percent of parents believe their teens have driven under the influence. </li> <li>Eighty-seven percent (87 percent) of teens admit to using cellphones while driving, but only 63 percent of parents say their teens use phones while driving.</li> </ul> <p>The report also found that parents are engaged in some of the same risky behaviors as their teens:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Eighty-four percent (84 percent) of parents admit to speeding (compared to 79 percent of teens). </li> <li>Eighty-eight percent (88 percent) of parents say they use their phones while driving (compared to 87 percent of teens). </li> </ul> <p>"Teens continue to say their parents are the number one influence on how they drive," according to Beatriz Zaragoza, an Allstate agency owner in Los Angeles and mother of a new teen driver, "So as parents we have an important responsibility to model good driving behaviors."</p> <p>As recently as 2013, more than 200 California teens died in car crashes in the state. Here are three key steps that parents can take to keep their teen drivers safer on the road:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Drive with their teen at least 30 minutes a week, especially in the first year after they are fully licensed. </li> <li>Get familiar with California's Graduated Driver Licensing laws. These laws can help them set their own rules of the road for their teen. </li> <li>Model good driving behavior on the road by putting away cellphones, buckling up and obeying speed limits.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Additional Driving Change Report findings:</strong></p> <p>Compared to 2005, today's teens are much more concerned about the consequences of crashes.</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>The number of teens age 15-17 who worry about financial and legal consequences from car crashes has nearly tripled (188 percent) since 2005. </li> <li>There has been a 137 percent increase in the last 10 years in the number of teens age 15-17 who worry about disappointing their parents and friends if they cause a crash.</li> </ul> <p>Today's teens are also surprisingly receptive to getting more driving experience.</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Eighty-three percent (83 percent) of teens and 81 percent of parents wish that teens had more experience and practice before getting a driver's license.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Driving Change 10-Day Instagram Campaign and $10,000 Sweepstakes:</strong></p> <p>The Allstate Foundation is launching two new promotions to help focus attention on the report's findings and to motivate safe driving practices among teen drivers:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Two Instagram influencers will bring to life 10 teen driving statistics through compelling images of items such as traffic cones, tire treads and tater tots. One image will be unveiled per day on the Driving Change website for parents and teens to easily share on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.</li> <li>The Foundation is also conducting a daily social media sweepstakes from June 24 through July 3. The public is invited to post messages on social platforms with #GetThereSafe and @Allstate. All eligible entries will be placed into daily drawings to win $1,000.</li> </ul> <p>For more information about Driving Change, visit <a href="http://TenYearsofDrivingChange.com" target="_blank">http://TenYearsofDrivingChange.com</a></p> <p><strong>About the Driving Change Report:</strong> <br /> The Allstate Foundation's Driving Change online survey was conducted from Jan. 9 to Jan. 31, 2015 by The Futures Company. A sample of 1,552 teens ages 15-19 and 1,535 parents of teens were interviewed. The sample was nationally representative by gender, geographical location, household income and ethnicity. Margin of error is +/- 1.8 percent, at a 95 percent confidence level.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation's Driving Change Report marks the organization's 10-year commitment to reducing teen car crash fatalities. The Foundation offers several resources for the public in English and Spanish, including a parent-teen driving agreement customized with state laws, a parent coaching guide and tip sheet, and educational videos. Parent resources and more information about the Driving Change Report are available at <a href="http://TenYearsofDrivingChange.com" target="_blank">http://TenYearsofDrivingChange.com</a></p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation:</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people's lives. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jim Klapthor, Allstate Corporate Relations<br /> (909) 612-6644<br /> <a href="mailto:Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com">Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com</a><br /> On Twitter @AllstateinCA</p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:55:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4e863f43-71b7-426d-93e4-c81567209ebd http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4e863f43-71b7-426d-93e4-c81567209ebd New Report Finds Parents in the Dark about their Teens’ Driving Habits Teens mimicking parents’ risky behaviors behind the wheel<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>A report from The Allstate Foundation finds many parents are largely unaware that their teens are speeding, driving while distracted, and even driving under the influence. Making matters worse, teens may be picking up these same behaviors from their parents.</p> <p>The findings were released in the Foundation's new Driving Change Report. Among the key data:</p> <ul> <li>Seventy-nine percent (79 percent) of teens admit to speeding, but only 55 percent of parents believe their teens speed.</li> <li>Ninety-five percent (95 percent) of teens admit to getting a moving violation; only 79 percent of parents believe their teens have committed an offense.&nbsp; </li> <li>Twenty-three percent (23 percent) of teens admit they've driven after drinking alcohol and/or using marijuana, but only 7 percent of parents believe their teens have driven under the influence. </li> <li>Eighty-seven percent (87 percent) of teens admit to using cellphones while driving, but only 63 percent of parents say their teens use phones while driving.</li> </ul> <p>The report also found that parents are engaged in some of the same risky behaviors as their teens:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Eighty-four percent (84 percent) of parents admit to speeding (compared to 79 percent of teens). </li> <li>Eighty-eight percent (88 percent) of parents say they use their phones while driving (compared to 87 percent of teens). </li> </ul> <p>"Teens continue to say their parents are the number one influence on how they drive," according to Beatriz Zaragoza, an Allstate agency owner in Los Angeles and mother of a new teen driver, "So as parents we have an important responsibility to model good driving behaviors."</p> <p>As recently as 2013, more than 200 California teens died in car crashes in the state. Here are three key steps that parents can take to keep their teen drivers safer on the road:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Drive with their teen at least 30 minutes a week, especially in the first year after they are fully licensed. </li> <li>Get familiar with California's Graduated Driver Licensing laws. These laws can help them set their own rules of the road for their teen. </li> <li>Model good driving behavior on the road by putting away cellphones, buckling up and obeying speed limits.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Additional Driving Change Report findings:</strong></p> <p>Compared to 2005, today's teens are much more concerned about the consequences of crashes.</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>The number of teens age 15-17 who worry about financial and legal consequences from car crashes has nearly tripled (188 percent) since 2005. </li> <li>There has been a 137 percent increase in the last 10 years in the number of teens age 15-17 who worry about disappointing their parents and friends if they cause a crash.</li> </ul> <p>Today's teens are also surprisingly receptive to getting more driving experience.</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Eighty-three percent (83 percent) of teens and 81 percent of parents wish that teens had more experience and practice before getting a driver's license.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Driving Change 10-Day Instagram Campaign and $10,000 Sweepstakes:</strong></p> <p>The Allstate Foundation is launching two new promotions to help focus attention on the report's findings and to motivate safe driving practices among teen drivers:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Two Instagram influencers will bring to life 10 teen driving statistics through compelling images of items such as traffic cones, tire treads and tater tots. One image will be unveiled per day on the Driving Change website for parents and teens to easily share on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.</li> <li>The Foundation is also conducting a daily social media sweepstakes from June 24 through July 3. The public is invited to post messages on social platforms with #GetThereSafe and @Allstate. All eligible entries will be placed into daily drawings to win $1,000.</li> </ul> <p>For more information about Driving Change, visit <a href="http://TenYearsofDrivingChange.com" target="_blank">http://TenYearsofDrivingChange.com</a></p> <p><strong>About the Driving Change Report:</strong> <br /> The Allstate Foundation's Driving Change online survey was conducted from Jan. 9 to Jan. 31, 2015 by The Futures Company. A sample of 1,552 teens ages 15-19 and 1,535 parents of teens were interviewed. The sample was nationally representative by gender, geographical location, household income and ethnicity. Margin of error is +/- 1.8 percent, at a 95 percent confidence level.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation's Driving Change Report marks the organization's 10-year commitment to reducing teen car crash fatalities. The Foundation offers several resources for the public in English and Spanish, including a parent-teen driving agreement customized with state laws, a parent coaching guide and tip sheet, and educational videos. Parent resources and more information about the Driving Change Report are available at <a href="http://TenYearsofDrivingChange.com" target="_blank">http://TenYearsofDrivingChange.com</a></p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation:</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people's lives. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jim Klapthor, Allstate Corporate Relations<br /> (909) 612-6644<br /> <a href="mailto:Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com">Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com</a><br /> On Twitter @AllstateinCA</p> Allstate Recognizes Local Entrepreneur for Top Performance St. Cloud Agency owner Tony Jarousek honored for outstanding business performance<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate agency owners will tell you, they take their jobs seriously. They serve as advisors to the customers in their communities, helping to ensure they have the insurance coverage they need to protect them from the unthinkable. Now, one St. Cloud Allstate agency owner is being recognized for outstanding service and business results.</p> <p>Allstate exclusive agency owner Tony Jarousek has learned he is the top Allstate agency owner in the state of Minnesota, earning the "Agency of the Year Award" for the state. Allstate Insurance Company is recognizing Jarousek and his agency for highest standards of excellence and performance.</p> <p>In addition to being named the top Allstate agency in Minnesota, Jarousek has achieved the distinctive Inner Circle Elite award based on 2014 achievements. The honor is Allstate's symbol of outstanding business achievement and honorees have proven to be champions in growing their agencies and serving Allstate customers. The agency's dedication to serving customers, consumers and their community has allowed them to achieve this high honor.</p> <p>"It's a tremendous honor to earn these prestigious awards from Allstate," said Jarousek.&nbsp;"My agency is fully committed to helping Allstate's customers better understand the risks they may face in their household and provide solutions the help meet those needs. We are extremely proud of this recognition and proud of the fact that so many customers trust us to help them with their insurance needs."</p> <p>The Jarousek Agency is located at 606 25th Ave S, Ste. 108 in St. Cloud and can be reached at (320) 202-8688 or <a href="https://agents.allstate.com/tony-jarousek-saint-cloud-mn.html" target="_blank">https://agents.allstate.com/tony-jarousek-saint-cloud-mn.html</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan O'Kelly<br /> 847-402-2755</p> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:36:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/c45f5456-ccee-490a-b070-4b34ac2dbfdb http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/c45f5456-ccee-490a-b070-4b34ac2dbfdb Allstate Recognizes Local Entrepreneur for Top Performance St. Cloud Agency owner Tony Jarousek honored for outstanding business performance<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate agency owners will tell you, they take their jobs seriously. They serve as advisors to the customers in their communities, helping to ensure they have the insurance coverage they need to protect them from the unthinkable. Now, one St. Cloud Allstate agency owner is being recognized for outstanding service and business results.</p> <p>Allstate exclusive agency owner Tony Jarousek has learned he is the top Allstate agency owner in the state of Minnesota, earning the "Agency of the Year Award" for the state. Allstate Insurance Company is recognizing Jarousek and his agency for highest standards of excellence and performance.</p> <p>In addition to being named the top Allstate agency in Minnesota, Jarousek has achieved the distinctive Inner Circle Elite award based on 2014 achievements. The honor is Allstate's symbol of outstanding business achievement and honorees have proven to be champions in growing their agencies and serving Allstate customers. The agency's dedication to serving customers, consumers and their community has allowed them to achieve this high honor.</p> <p>"It's a tremendous honor to earn these prestigious awards from Allstate," said Jarousek.&nbsp;"My agency is fully committed to helping Allstate's customers better understand the risks they may face in their household and provide solutions the help meet those needs. We are extremely proud of this recognition and proud of the fact that so many customers trust us to help them with their insurance needs."</p> <p>The Jarousek Agency is located at 606 25th Ave S, Ste. 108 in St. Cloud and can be reached at (320) 202-8688 or <a href="https://agents.allstate.com/tony-jarousek-saint-cloud-mn.html" target="_blank">https://agents.allstate.com/tony-jarousek-saint-cloud-mn.html</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan O'Kelly<br /> 847-402-2755</p> New Report Finds Parents in the Dark about their Teens’ Driving Habits <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/2d88/7e66/2d887e66-d169-44ab-8e4e-4efbf68efe36-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> New Report Finds Parents in the Dark about their Teens’ Driving Habits Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:10:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/new-report-finds-parents-in-the-dark-about-their-teens-driving-habits http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/new-report-finds-parents-in-the-dark-about-their-teens-driving-habits New Report Finds Parents in the Dark about their Teens’ Driving Habits <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/2d88/7e66/2d887e66-d169-44ab-8e4e-4efbf68efe36-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> New Report Finds Parents in the Dark about their Teens’ Driving Habits New Report Finds Parents in the Dark about their Teens’ Driving Habits Teens mimicking parents’ risky behaviors behind the wheel<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document, 4 Videos</strong><p>A report from The Allstate Foundation finds many parents are largely unaware that their teens are speeding, driving while distracted, and even driving under the influence. Making matters worse, teens may be picking up these same behaviors from their parents.&nbsp;</p> <p>The findings were released in The Foundation's new Driving Change Report. Among the key data:</p> <ul> <li>Seventy-nine percent (79 percent) of teens admit to speeding, but only 55 percent of parents believe their teens speed.</li> <li>Ninety-five percent (95 percent) of teens admit to getting a moving violation; only 79 percent of parents believe their teens have committed an offense.&nbsp; </li> <li>Twenty-three percent (23 percent) of teens admit they've driven after drinking alcohol and/or using marijuana, but only 7 percent of parents believe their teens have driven under the influence. </li> <li>Eighty-seven percent (87 percent) of teens admit to using cellphones while driving, but only 63 percent of parents say their teens use phones while driving.</li> </ul> <p>"Our teen safe driving program has contributed to a nearly 48 percent decline in teen crash fatalities since 2005," said Steve Sorenson, executive vice president, Allstate. "While there has been progress, we continue to encourage parents and teens to have an open dialogue about driving. It's also important that parents ensure their teens are wearing their seatbelts, obeying speed limits and eliminating distractions, because these actions help to keep teens safer on the road."&nbsp;</p> <p>The report also found that parents are engaged in some of the same risky behaviors as their teens:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Eighty-four percent (84 percent) of parents admit to speeding (compared to 79 percent of teens). </li> <li>Eighty-eight percent (88 percent) of parents say they use their phones while driving (compared to 87 percent of teens). </li> </ul> <p>"Teens continue to tell us their parents are the number one influence on how they drive, so as parents we have an important responsibility to model good driving behaviors," added Sorenson. "We must find new and compelling ways to motivate teens and parents to engage in safe driving habits."</p> <p>There are three key steps that parents can take to keep their teens safer on the road:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Drive with their teen at least 30 minutes a week, especially in the first year after they are fully licensed. </li> <li>Get familiar with their state Graduated Driver Licensing laws. These laws can help them set their own rules of the road for their teen. </li> <li>Model good driving behavior on the road by putting away cellphones, buckling up and obeying speed limits.</li> </ul> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Additional Driving Change Report findings:</strong></p> <p>Compared to 2005, today's teens are much more concerned about the consequences of crashes.</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>The number of teens age 15-17 who worry about financial and legal consequences from car crashes has nearly tripled (188 percent) since 2005. </li> <li>There has been a 137 percent increase in the last 10 years in the number of teens age 15-17 who worry about disappointing their parents and friends if they cause a crash. </li> </ul> <p>Today's teens are also surprisingly receptive to getting more driving experience.</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Eighty-three percent (83 percent) of teens and 81 percent of parents wish that teens had more experience and practice before getting a driver's license.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Driving Change 10-Day Instagram Campaign and $10,000 Sweepstakes:</strong></p> <p>The Allstate Foundation is launching two new promotions to help focus attention on the report's findings and to motivate safe driving practices among teen drivers:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Two Instagram influencers will bring to life 10 teen driving statistics through compelling images of items such as traffic cones, tire treads and tater tots. One image will be unveiled per day on the Driving Change website for parents and teens to easily share on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.</li> <li>The Foundation is also conducting a daily social media sweepstakes from June 24 through July 3. The public is invited to post messages on social platforms with #GetThereSafe and @Allstate. All eligible entries will be placed into daily drawings to win $1,000. </li> </ul> <p>For more information about Driving Change, visit <a href="http://TenYearsofDrivingChange.com" target="_blank">http://TenYearsofDrivingChange.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the Driving Change Report:</strong> <br /> The Allstate Foundation's Driving Change online survey was conducted from Jan. 9 to Jan. 31, 2015 by The Futures Company. A sample of 1,552 teens ages 15-19 and 1,535 parents of teens were interviewed. The sample was nationally representative by gender, geographical location, household income and ethnicity. Margin of error is +/- 1.8 percent, at a 95 percent confidence level.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation's Driving Change Report marks the organization's 10-year commitment to reducing teen car crash fatalities. The Foundation offers several resources for the public in English and Spanish, including a parent-teen driving agreement customized with state laws, a parent coaching guide and tip sheet, and educational videos. These resources and more information about the Driving Change Report are available at <a href="http://TenYearsofDrivingChange.com" target="_blank">http://TenYearsofDrivingChange.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation:</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people's lives. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:10:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/9aa6e4d3-70b6-4533-a520-a0fc0118f360 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/9aa6e4d3-70b6-4533-a520-a0fc0118f360 New Report Finds Parents in the Dark about their Teens’ Driving Habits Teens mimicking parents’ risky behaviors behind the wheel<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document, 4 Videos</strong><p>A report from The Allstate Foundation finds many parents are largely unaware that their teens are speeding, driving while distracted, and even driving under the influence. Making matters worse, teens may be picking up these same behaviors from their parents.&nbsp;</p> <p>The findings were released in The Foundation's new Driving Change Report. Among the key data:</p> <ul> <li>Seventy-nine percent (79 percent) of teens admit to speeding, but only 55 percent of parents believe their teens speed.</li> <li>Ninety-five percent (95 percent) of teens admit to getting a moving violation; only 79 percent of parents believe their teens have committed an offense.&nbsp; </li> <li>Twenty-three percent (23 percent) of teens admit they've driven after drinking alcohol and/or using marijuana, but only 7 percent of parents believe their teens have driven under the influence. </li> <li>Eighty-seven percent (87 percent) of teens admit to using cellphones while driving, but only 63 percent of parents say their teens use phones while driving.</li> </ul> <p>"Our teen safe driving program has contributed to a nearly 48 percent decline in teen crash fatalities since 2005," said Steve Sorenson, executive vice president, Allstate. "While there has been progress, we continue to encourage parents and teens to have an open dialogue about driving. It's also important that parents ensure their teens are wearing their seatbelts, obeying speed limits and eliminating distractions, because these actions help to keep teens safer on the road."&nbsp;</p> <p>The report also found that parents are engaged in some of the same risky behaviors as their teens:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Eighty-four percent (84 percent) of parents admit to speeding (compared to 79 percent of teens). </li> <li>Eighty-eight percent (88 percent) of parents say they use their phones while driving (compared to 87 percent of teens). </li> </ul> <p>"Teens continue to tell us their parents are the number one influence on how they drive, so as parents we have an important responsibility to model good driving behaviors," added Sorenson. "We must find new and compelling ways to motivate teens and parents to engage in safe driving habits."</p> <p>There are three key steps that parents can take to keep their teens safer on the road:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Drive with their teen at least 30 minutes a week, especially in the first year after they are fully licensed. </li> <li>Get familiar with their state Graduated Driver Licensing laws. These laws can help them set their own rules of the road for their teen. </li> <li>Model good driving behavior on the road by putting away cellphones, buckling up and obeying speed limits.</li> </ul> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Additional Driving Change Report findings:</strong></p> <p>Compared to 2005, today's teens are much more concerned about the consequences of crashes.</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>The number of teens age 15-17 who worry about financial and legal consequences from car crashes has nearly tripled (188 percent) since 2005. </li> <li>There has been a 137 percent increase in the last 10 years in the number of teens age 15-17 who worry about disappointing their parents and friends if they cause a crash. </li> </ul> <p>Today's teens are also surprisingly receptive to getting more driving experience.</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Eighty-three percent (83 percent) of teens and 81 percent of parents wish that teens had more experience and practice before getting a driver's license.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Driving Change 10-Day Instagram Campaign and $10,000 Sweepstakes:</strong></p> <p>The Allstate Foundation is launching two new promotions to help focus attention on the report's findings and to motivate safe driving practices among teen drivers:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Two Instagram influencers will bring to life 10 teen driving statistics through compelling images of items such as traffic cones, tire treads and tater tots. One image will be unveiled per day on the Driving Change website for parents and teens to easily share on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.</li> <li>The Foundation is also conducting a daily social media sweepstakes from June 24 through July 3. The public is invited to post messages on social platforms with #GetThereSafe and @Allstate. All eligible entries will be placed into daily drawings to win $1,000. </li> </ul> <p>For more information about Driving Change, visit <a href="http://TenYearsofDrivingChange.com" target="_blank">http://TenYearsofDrivingChange.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the Driving Change Report:</strong> <br /> The Allstate Foundation's Driving Change online survey was conducted from Jan. 9 to Jan. 31, 2015 by The Futures Company. A sample of 1,552 teens ages 15-19 and 1,535 parents of teens were interviewed. The sample was nationally representative by gender, geographical location, household income and ethnicity. Margin of error is +/- 1.8 percent, at a 95 percent confidence level.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation's Driving Change Report marks the organization's 10-year commitment to reducing teen car crash fatalities. The Foundation offers several resources for the public in English and Spanish, including a parent-teen driving agreement customized with state laws, a parent coaching guide and tip sheet, and educational videos. These resources and more information about the Driving Change Report are available at <a href="http://TenYearsofDrivingChange.com" target="_blank">http://TenYearsofDrivingChange.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation:</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people's lives. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Teen Driving Program English webisode asking everyday people what they think about today’s teen drivers. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/df41b3b5-fe8c-4c85-9e96-616fe3e7ed9b http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/df41b3b5-fe8c-4c85-9e96-616fe3e7ed9b Teen Driving Program English webisode asking everyday people what they think about today’s teen drivers.