Feed http://allstatenewsroom.com en-US Copyright 2014 40 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:04:09 -0500 Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/adc1/d5db/adc1d5db-d888-43fe-9e5d-6d99710c971c-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:22:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/kerry-washington-joins-the-allstate-foundation-to-spotlight-finances-as-a-weapon-of-choice-used-by-domestic-violence-abusers http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/kerry-washington-joins-the-allstate-foundation-to-spotlight-finances-as-a-weapon-of-choice-used-by-domestic-violence-abusers Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/adc1/d5db/adc1d5db-d888-43fe-9e5d-6d99710c971c-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/17ba/4dc9/17ba4dc9-f685-4770-9d41-44daf76692c3-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:22:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/kerry-washington-joins-the-allstate-foundation-to-spotlight-finances-as-a-weapon-of-choice-used-by-domestic-violence-abusers-1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/kerry-washington-joins-the-allstate-foundation-to-spotlight-finances-as-a-weapon-of-choice-used-by-domestic-violence-abusers-1 Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/17ba/4dc9/17ba4dc9-f685-4770-9d41-44daf76692c3-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers Allstate Launches "Life Can Surprise You" Campaign to Bring Good to Young Families' "Firsts" Pilot Program to Launch in Eight Markets Across the Country Offers Customized Solutions<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate announced the launch of its "Life Can Surprise You" campaign focusing on the unique needs of families and individuals experiencing "firsts." In addition to new national advertising, the campaign will target young families in eight markets: Minneapolis, Minnesota; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas; San Antonio and Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee. Individuals in these markets can connect with an Allstate agency owner for access to offers from well-established companies such as Angie's List&trade;, as they experience "firsts" and navigate life's uncertainties.</p> <p>"Buying a home or car and having a new baby are some of the most celebrated milestones in a person's life. There's so much excitement and a perception that everything is going to be great," says Lisa Cochrane, senior vice president, Allstate Integrated Marketing Communications. "But these 'firsts' can actually be overwhelming and full of uncertainty. Now an Allstate Agent can help with 'firsts' -- and throughout life -- in ways people never expected, offering solutions centered around that first home, first car, and growing family."</p> <p>How do you determine how much life insurance is right for your family when you have a newborn and are functioning on little to no sleep? Or how do you buy that car seat for the new minivan you swore you'd never buy? Car repairs, home safety and maintenance, and questions about financial security &ndash; these are all things young families are generally not well prepared to address.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are just a few of the unique solutions Allstate Agencies now offer:</p> <ul> <li><strong>One-year membership to Angie's List&trade;</strong> &ndash; Through a complimentary one-year subscription to Angie's List, members can access listings online and read reviews of service providers for home repair jobs that a new homeowner may not have the knowledge or time to fix. (Available in eight pilot markets only)</li> <li><strong>"TrueTerm with TrueFit" Life Insurance</strong> &ndash; "TrueTerm with TrueFit" life insurance, issued by Lincoln Benefit Life Company, provides flexible coverage layers to help ensure a family's most important financial obligations can be met (replacing income, paying off a home, having money during retirement, sending kids to college) for the length of time they want and the amount they want, so they never have to pay for insurance they don't want.</li> <li><strong>An Array of Special Offers</strong> &ndash; Allstate Car Buying Service (powered by TrueCar), car seat discounts from Safety 1st, and Allstate Realty Advantage (which provides real estate agent referrals and, in most states, cash back on home sales and purchases (program not available in Iowa)) &ndash; all help make sure young families are getting the most out of their money.&nbsp; </li> </ul> <p>The "Life Can Surprise You" campaign will be supported with national television and digital media, as well as localized advertising in eight select markets across the country, including TV, radio, digital, mobile, print and cinema.</p> <p>For more information, please visit Allstate.com/MyOffers.</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 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 and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">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" target="_blank">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;">#&nbsp;# #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Laura Strykowski <br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:46:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/953e3a32-73f8-452f-8f58-606b4b969619 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/953e3a32-73f8-452f-8f58-606b4b969619 Allstate Launches "Life Can Surprise You" Campaign to Bring Good to Young Families' "Firsts" Pilot Program to Launch in Eight Markets Across the Country Offers Customized Solutions<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate announced the launch of its "Life Can Surprise You" campaign focusing on the unique needs of families and individuals experiencing "firsts." In addition to new national advertising, the campaign will target young families in eight markets: Minneapolis, Minnesota; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas; San Antonio and Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee. Individuals in these markets can connect with an Allstate agency owner for access to offers from well-established companies such as Angie's List&trade;, as they experience "firsts" and navigate life's uncertainties.</p> <p>"Buying a home or car and having a new baby are some of the most celebrated milestones in a person's life. There's so much excitement and a perception that everything is going to be great," says Lisa Cochrane, senior vice president, Allstate Integrated Marketing Communications. "But these 'firsts' can actually be overwhelming and full of uncertainty. Now an Allstate Agent can help with 'firsts' -- and throughout life -- in ways people never expected, offering solutions centered around that first home, first car, and growing family."</p> <p>How do you determine how much life insurance is right for your family when you have a newborn and are functioning on little to no sleep? Or how do you buy that car seat for the new minivan you swore you'd never buy? Car repairs, home safety and maintenance, and questions about financial security &ndash; these are all things young families are generally not well prepared to address.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are just a few of the unique solutions Allstate Agencies now offer:</p> <ul> <li><strong>One-year membership to Angie's List&trade;</strong> &ndash; Through a complimentary one-year subscription to Angie's List, members can access listings online and read reviews of service providers for home repair jobs that a new homeowner may not have the knowledge or time to fix. (Available in eight pilot markets only)</li> <li><strong>"TrueTerm with TrueFit" Life Insurance</strong> &ndash; "TrueTerm with TrueFit" life insurance, issued by Lincoln Benefit Life Company, provides flexible coverage layers to help ensure a family's most important financial obligations can be met (replacing income, paying off a home, having money during retirement, sending kids to college) for the length of time they want and the amount they want, so they never have to pay for insurance they don't want.</li> <li><strong>An Array of Special Offers</strong> &ndash; Allstate Car Buying Service (powered by TrueCar), car seat discounts from Safety 1st, and Allstate Realty Advantage (which provides real estate agent referrals and, in most states, cash back on home sales and purchases (program not available in Iowa)) &ndash; all help make sure young families are getting the most out of their money.&nbsp; </li> </ul> <p>The "Life Can Surprise You" campaign will be supported with national television and digital media, as well as localized advertising in eight select markets across the country, including TV, radio, digital, mobile, print and cinema.</p> <p>For more information, please visit Allstate.com/MyOffers.</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 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 and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">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" target="_blank">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;">#&nbsp;# #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Laura Strykowski <br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Allstate Foundation Survey Finds Nearly Two-Thirds of Hispanic Women Know a Victim of Abuse Purple Purse Challenge helps bring awareness to domestic violence and financial abuse; raises funds for service providers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>According to a new national survey released by The Allstate Foundation, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of Hispanic women say they have personally known a victim of some type of abuse and three-in-ten (30 percent) have personally been victimized. To raise awareness in the Hispanic community, The Allstate Foundation is encouraging the public to participate in the Purple Purse Challenge by donating to local nonprofit organizations that support financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors. The Challenge is already underway at bolsomorado.com and has raised nearly $500,000.</p> <p>"Financial abuse is the No.1 reason why victims stay in abusive relationships and our data shows that less than half of Hispanic women say they have taken steps to protect themselves from financial abuse," said Patricia Garza, director of strategic philanthropy at Allstate. "Allstate Foundation Purple Purse wants to help make conversations about financial abuse and domestic violence easier and acceptable to have in our society. I hope you'll join me and support a local domestic violence service provider in your community, so that no woman makes the difficult decision to stay in an abusive relationship simply because she doesn't have the resources to leave."</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation is contributing nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants to participating organizations in the Purple Purse Challenge. The Challenge kicked off earlier this month and is raising money for 140 domestic violence serving organizations across the country on <a href="http://www.Crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge" target="_blank">Crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>. The more donations each nonprofit collects, the more incentive funding the organization can compete to win from The Allstate Foundation. The Challenge continues through Oct. 3, 2014.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation's new survey, Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse, sought to understand the attitudes different demographic groups have about violence in relationships and the financial control that often accompanies domestic violence.</p> <p>Additional findings from the survey include:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Hispanics, including both men and women, are <strong>twice as likely</strong> (51 percent) to see domestic violence as a serious problem among people they know than their white non-Hispanic counterparts (25 percent). </li> <br /> <li>When asked if physical, sexual, emotion and financial abuse were reasons for a victim to leave a dangerous relationship, only 39 percent of Hispanics believe financial abuse is "always" a reason to leave, making it the <strong>least likely </strong>reason Hispanics would leave. Physical abuse ranked No.1 with 88 percent indicating it is a reason to leave. </li> <br /> <li>Hispanic parents (58 percent) have discussed domestic violence with their children <strong>more frequently</strong> than white non-Hispanic parents (43 percent). </li> <br /> <li>Nearly <strong>seven-in-10</strong> (69 percent) of Hispanic women with children age 16 and older have talked to their children about domestic violence. </li> </ul> <p>This year, actress Kerry Washington is lending her voice and serving as the national Purple Purse ambassador. Limited-edition purple purses designed by Kerry Washington will be distributed among community leaders, Purple Purse community partners, celebrities and media to raise awareness for this important cause. The purse represents the center of a woman's financial domain and purple is the color of national domestic violence awareness. The Allstate Foundation is also distributing 80,000 Purple Purse charms through Purple Purse Challenge participants to attach to a bag or purse and show support year-round.</p> <p>Visit purplepurse.com to learn more about domestic violence and financial abuse as well as how to start conversations about this important topic. For immediate assistance with a dangerous situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799 SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.</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>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The Allstate Foundation Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse survey was conducted July 18-27, 2014 by FTI Consulting among a nationally representative sample of 1,020 American adults age 18+ with additional oversamples among 200 Americans age 18-33 ("Millennials"), 200 Hispanic Women age 18+, and 250 adults in the Chicago media market. The margin of error for the national sample is &plusmn; 3% at the 95% confidence interval. The survey was conducted using the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;, a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Initially, participants are chosen scientifically by a random selection of telephone numbers and residential addresses. Persons in selected households are then invited by telephone or by mail to participate in the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;. For those who agree to participate, but do not already have Internet access, GfK provides at no cost a laptop and ISP connection. People who already have computers and Internet service are permitted to participate using their own equipment. Panelists then receive unique log-in information for accessing surveys online, and then are sent emails throughout each month inviting them to participate in research.</p> <p># # #</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> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:50:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/2fcaa8d7-2f5d-4676-8212-af15bd278948 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/2fcaa8d7-2f5d-4676-8212-af15bd278948 Allstate Foundation Survey Finds Nearly Two-Thirds of Hispanic Women Know a Victim of Abuse Purple Purse Challenge helps bring awareness to domestic violence and financial abuse; raises funds for service providers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>According to a new national survey released by The Allstate Foundation, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of Hispanic women say they have personally known a victim of some type of abuse and three-in-ten (30 percent) have personally been victimized. To raise awareness in the Hispanic community, The Allstate Foundation is encouraging the public to participate in the Purple Purse Challenge by donating to local nonprofit organizations that support financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors. The Challenge is already underway at bolsomorado.com and has raised nearly $500,000.</p> <p>"Financial abuse is the No.1 reason why victims stay in abusive relationships and our data shows that less than half of Hispanic women say they have taken steps to protect themselves from financial abuse," said Patricia Garza, director of strategic philanthropy at Allstate. "Allstate Foundation Purple Purse wants to help make conversations about financial abuse and domestic violence easier and acceptable to have in our society. I hope you'll join me and support a local domestic violence service provider in your community, so that no woman makes the difficult decision to stay in an abusive relationship simply because she doesn't have the resources to leave."</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation is contributing nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants to participating organizations in the Purple Purse Challenge. The Challenge kicked off earlier this month and is raising money for 140 domestic violence serving organizations across the country on <a href="http://www.Crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge" target="_blank">Crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>. The more donations each nonprofit collects, the more incentive funding the organization can compete to win from The Allstate Foundation. The Challenge continues through Oct. 3, 2014.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation's new survey, Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse, sought to understand the attitudes different demographic groups have about violence in relationships and the financial control that often accompanies domestic violence.</p> <p>Additional findings from the survey include:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Hispanics, including both men and women, are <strong>twice as likely</strong> (51 percent) to see domestic violence as a serious problem among people they know than their white non-Hispanic counterparts (25 percent). </li> <br /> <li>When asked if physical, sexual, emotion and financial abuse were reasons for a victim to leave a dangerous relationship, only 39 percent of Hispanics believe financial abuse is "always" a reason to leave, making it the <strong>least likely </strong>reason Hispanics would leave. Physical abuse ranked No.1 with 88 percent indicating it is a reason to leave. </li> <br /> <li>Hispanic parents (58 percent) have discussed domestic violence with their children <strong>more frequently</strong> than white non-Hispanic parents (43 percent). </li> <br /> <li>Nearly <strong>seven-in-10</strong> (69 percent) of Hispanic women with children age 16 and older have talked to their children about domestic violence. </li> </ul> <p>This year, actress Kerry Washington is lending her voice and serving as the national Purple Purse ambassador. Limited-edition purple purses designed by Kerry Washington will be distributed among community leaders, Purple Purse community partners, celebrities and media to raise awareness for this important cause. The purse represents the center of a woman's financial domain and purple is the color of national domestic violence awareness. The Allstate Foundation is also distributing 80,000 Purple Purse charms through Purple Purse Challenge participants to attach to a bag or purse and show support year-round.</p> <p>Visit purplepurse.com to learn more about domestic violence and financial abuse as well as how to start conversations about this important topic. For immediate assistance with a dangerous situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799 SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.</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>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The Allstate Foundation Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse survey was conducted July 18-27, 2014 by FTI Consulting among a nationally representative sample of 1,020 American adults age 18+ with additional oversamples among 200 Americans age 18-33 ("Millennials"), 200 Hispanic Women age 18+, and 250 adults in the Chicago media market. The margin of error for the national sample is &plusmn; 3% at the 95% confidence interval. The survey was conducted using the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;, a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Initially, participants are chosen scientifically by a random selection of telephone numbers and residential addresses. Persons in selected households are then invited by telephone or by mail to participate in the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;. For those who agree to participate, but do not already have Internet access, GfK provides at no cost a laptop and ISP connection. People who already have computers and Internet service are permitted to participate using their own equipment. Panelists then receive unique log-in information for accessing surveys online, and then are sent emails throughout each month inviting them to participate in research.</p> <p># # #</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> Allstate Insurance Company Files $9.2 Million Medical Fraud Lawsuit Against Nine Physicians and Six Professional Corporations in New York <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company ("Allstate") seeks to recover more than $9.2 million against nine physicians and six professional corporations in its 6th insurance fraud lawsuit of 2014. Since 2003, Allstate has filed 58 fraud lawsuits in New York State, seeking more than 260 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: Winston Tapper, M.D., Muhammad Tahir, M.D., Jayasekharan Komerath, M.D., Jean Claude Demetrius, M.D., Felix Vershvovsky, M.D., Victoria Tsinberg, M.D., Brownsville Advance Medical, P.C., Bradford Medical, P.C., Cornell Medical, P.C., D&amp;H Rehabilitation Medical, P.C., Flatbush Medical Care, P.C., Saturn Medical, P.C., Adam Abdalla, M.D., Mikhail Artamonov, M.D., and David Rabinovici, M.D.</p> <p>The complaint alleges that the physicians and professional corporations engaged in a complex fraudulent scheme whereby they allegedly systematically billed Allstate for medically useless, illusory, and otherwise non-reimbursable examinations, physical therapy, and diagnostic tests.</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 href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded<br /> insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners 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><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> 631-233-6048<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:31:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4defac68-1a3b-4416-8991-e4af9b7c1da4 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4defac68-1a3b-4416-8991-e4af9b7c1da4 Allstate Insurance Company Files $9.2 Million Medical Fraud Lawsuit Against Nine Physicians and Six Professional Corporations in New York <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company ("Allstate") seeks to recover more than $9.2 million against nine physicians and six professional corporations in its 6th insurance fraud lawsuit of 2014. Since 2003, Allstate has filed 58 fraud lawsuits in New York State, seeking more than 260 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: Winston Tapper, M.D., Muhammad Tahir, M.D., Jayasekharan Komerath, M.D., Jean Claude Demetrius, M.D., Felix Vershvovsky, M.D., Victoria Tsinberg, M.D., Brownsville Advance Medical, P.C., Bradford Medical, P.C., Cornell Medical, P.C., D&amp;H Rehabilitation Medical, P.C., Flatbush Medical Care, P.C., Saturn Medical, P.C., Adam Abdalla, M.D., Mikhail Artamonov, M.D., and David Rabinovici, M.D.</p> <p>The complaint alleges that the physicians and professional corporations engaged in a complex fraudulent scheme whereby they allegedly systematically billed Allstate for medically useless, illusory, and otherwise non-reimbursable examinations, physical therapy, and diagnostic tests.</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 href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded<br /> insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners 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><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> 631-233-6048<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a></p> Extinguish a Fire with Correct Equipment, Preparation Fire extinguishers are relatively inexpensive and could save homes, lives.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Even a small fire can cause big damage, but spending just $20 and a few minutes to educate yourself about how to fight a fire can result in saving thousands of dollars and possibly save lives, too.</p> <p>A fire extinguisher for most common fires can cost anywhere from $20-$75 and Allstate Insurance encourages everybody to have an extinguisher nearby and know how to use it. The following tips from Allstate, the <a href="http://www.nfpa.org/">National Fire Protection Association</a> (NFPA) and Howard Doss from Michigan State University Extension can help everyone be a little more prepared.</p> <ul> <li>Having smoke detectors &ndash; often the first line of defense &ndash; is incredibly important when it comes to safety and you should replace the battery about every six months and replace a smoke detector around every ten years.</li> <li>NFPA recommends having a fire extinguisher for each floor of your home and also to have everyone in your family familiar with a fire escape plan. <ul> <li>Families, especially those with young children, should have a fire escape routine and practice it regularly. </li> <li>Make sure everyone has planned escape routes out of the building and knows to meet in a defined meeting area such as a tree, fence corner, etc. </li> <li>Never reenter a burning house and be sure everyone gets out of the building.</li> </ul> </li> <li>&nbsp;Fire extinguishers are classified as A, B, or C (or a combination of these) on the label to indicate which types of fires &mdash; ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids, or electrical&mdash;you can use them on.&nbsp; Those that you can buy at Home Depot, Lowes, or other home improvement stores are usually good for fighting all three types of fires and are labeled A,B,C. <ul> <li>Type A fires are composed of ordinary combustible materials such as wood or paper; Type B involves flammable liquids such as gasoline or grease; Type C involves electrical equipment such as appliances or circuit breakers; Type D is for combustible chemicals or metals and is typically found in industrial facilities or chemical laboratories. Type D fires require a special industrial extinguisher, usually in a yellow canister to stand out and these run anywhere from $300-$800. Type K fires usually involve cooking oils or greases, and can be extinguished with type B or C fire extinguishers.</li> </ul> </li> <li>A rechargeable extinguisher can be purchased for a little more money but can also be recharged after the contents are used or the pressure drops over time. The cost to recharge will be less than the cost to buy a new disposable one. </li> <li>When purchasing an extinguisher, make sure it is U.L. (Underwriters Laboratories) or F.M. (Factory Mutual Laboratories) approved.</li> <li>In order to operate most extinguishers, remove it from any mounting bracket, then remove the locking pin, ring, clip, level, etc. Get into a crouching position on the upwind side of the fire. Point extinguisher nozzle at base of fire and squeeze the lever or handle. Discharge using a sweeping motion from side to side at the base of the fire.</li> <li>Historically, most home fires occur between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., a time when most individuals are either relaxing or sleeping, so extinguishers stored in the bedroom or bedroom closet may be readily available during the night.</li> </ul> <p>The main purpose for having a fire extinguisher is to help suppress a fire along an escape route so someone who may be trapped has a chance to exit a burning structure. An extinguisher can also help contain a fire once it is discovered until firefighters have arrived.</p> <p>Of course, in the event of a fire, you should always call the fire department first and then decide if you are comfortable to attempt extinguishing a fire and can do so safely. Smoke and gases released from a fire can be toxic, so it&rsquo;s always best to rely on firefighters who have the expertise and equipment to fight fires.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact your local fire department to request any fire safety information, including training in fire extinguisher operation.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</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> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:01:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/42905cb8-96a1-40c7-89a7-76f0d643b3e1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/42905cb8-96a1-40c7-89a7-76f0d643b3e1 Extinguish a Fire with Correct Equipment, Preparation Fire extinguishers are relatively inexpensive and could save homes, lives.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Even a small fire can cause big damage, but spending just $20 and a few minutes to educate yourself about how to fight a fire can result in saving thousands of dollars and possibly save lives, too.</p> <p>A fire extinguisher for most common fires can cost anywhere from $20-$75 and Allstate Insurance encourages everybody to have an extinguisher nearby and know how to use it. The following tips from Allstate, the <a href="http://www.nfpa.org/">National Fire Protection Association</a> (NFPA) and Howard Doss from Michigan State University Extension can help everyone be a little more prepared.</p> <ul> <li>Having smoke detectors &ndash; often the first line of defense &ndash; is incredibly important when it comes to safety and you should replace the battery about every six months and replace a smoke detector around every ten years.</li> <li>NFPA recommends having a fire extinguisher for each floor of your home and also to have everyone in your family familiar with a fire escape plan. <ul> <li>Families, especially those with young children, should have a fire escape routine and practice it regularly. </li> <li>Make sure everyone has planned escape routes out of the building and knows to meet in a defined meeting area such as a tree, fence corner, etc. </li> <li>Never reenter a burning house and be sure everyone gets out of the building.</li> </ul> </li> <li>&nbsp;Fire extinguishers are classified as A, B, or C (or a combination of these) on the label to indicate which types of fires &mdash; ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids, or electrical&mdash;you can use them on.&nbsp; Those that you can buy at Home Depot, Lowes, or other home improvement stores are usually good for fighting all three types of fires and are labeled A,B,C. <ul> <li>Type A fires are composed of ordinary combustible materials such as wood or paper; Type B involves flammable liquids such as gasoline or grease; Type C involves electrical equipment such as appliances or circuit breakers; Type D is for combustible chemicals or metals and is typically found in industrial facilities or chemical laboratories. Type D fires require a special industrial extinguisher, usually in a yellow canister to stand out and these run anywhere from $300-$800. Type K fires usually involve cooking oils or greases, and can be extinguished with type B or C fire extinguishers.</li> </ul> </li> <li>A rechargeable extinguisher can be purchased for a little more money but can also be recharged after the contents are used or the pressure drops over time. The cost to recharge will be less than the cost to buy a new disposable one. </li> <li>When purchasing an extinguisher, make sure it is U.L. (Underwriters Laboratories) or F.M. (Factory Mutual Laboratories) approved.</li> <li>In order to operate most extinguishers, remove it from any mounting bracket, then remove the locking pin, ring, clip, level, etc. Get into a crouching position on the upwind side of the fire. Point extinguisher nozzle at base of fire and squeeze the lever or handle. Discharge using a sweeping motion from side to side at the base of the fire.</li> <li>Historically, most home fires occur between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., a time when most individuals are either relaxing or sleeping, so extinguishers stored in the bedroom or bedroom closet may be readily available during the night.</li> </ul> <p>The main purpose for having a fire extinguisher is to help suppress a fire along an escape route so someone who may be trapped has a chance to exit a burning structure. An extinguisher can also help contain a fire once it is discovered until firefighters have arrived.</p> <p>Of course, in the event of a fire, you should always call the fire department first and then decide if you are comfortable to attempt extinguishing a fire and can do so safely. Smoke and gases released from a fire can be toxic, so it&rsquo;s always best to rely on firefighters who have the expertise and equipment to fight fires.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact your local fire department to request any fire safety information, including training in fire extinguisher operation.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</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> Fire Extinguishers can cost as little as $20, but could save thousands of dollars in damage or even a life <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/900b/64df/900b64df-e7e8-4cbd-bd26-23555b9f7277-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Fire Extinguishers can cost as little as $20, but could save thousands of dollars in damage or even a life Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:01:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/fire-extinguishers-can-cost-as-little-as-20 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/fire-extinguishers-can-cost-as-little-as-20 Fire Extinguishers can cost as little as $20, but could save thousands of dollars in damage or even a life <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/900b/64df/900b64df-e7e8-4cbd-bd26-23555b9f7277-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Fire Extinguishers can cost as little as $20, but could save thousands of dollars in damage or even a life Allstate Planning to Add Nine New Jacksonville area Agencies Over Next Few Months New agencies will mean more than 25 new jobs in the area<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>As the country continues to focus on small business and job creation, Allstate is offering the right candidates the chance to own their own piece of the American Dream. Throughout the remainder of the year, Allstate Insurance is ramping up its recruiting again &ndash; searching for new agency owners in the Jacksonville area.</p> <p>&ldquo;We see a real opportunity in the current job climate to attract well capitalized mid-career, mid-level managers to own and operate their own business and represent Allstate,&rdquo; said Bob Jackson, Allstate&rsquo;s Florida Regional Sales Leader. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re launching a significant campaign in Jacksonville to find professionals with the right background to serve as trusted financial advisors to Allstate&rsquo;s customers.&rdquo;</p> <p>To further assist with recruitment, for people who refer candidates that go on to become Allstate agents, the company is paying a $5,000* referral bonus.</p> <p>The addition of the new agencies will have a compounding effect on the Jacksonville job market since each new agent normally opens with a minimum of three employees to help ensure customers are well served with courtesy and efficiency. Adding nine agents could create more than 25 new jobs in Florida.</p> <p>Allstate agency owners enjoy a true economic interest in the book of business they write &ndash; a rare advantage in the insurance industry. As such, agents who are nearing retirement, or even those who are looking for a change in career, can sell the economic interest in their business to a qualified buyer. In fact, many choose to sell to their children as a way of passing along the business as a family legacy.</p> <p>&ldquo;Ownership of the economic interest is a big reason why entrepreneurs choose Allstate as a small business opportunity,&rdquo; Jackson said.&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s right up there with our brand, which is one of the most recognized and respected brands in the nation, and the high level of training and support we offer our new agencies to help them succeed.&rdquo;</p> <p>Interested candidates can apply to become an Allstate agent by visiting <a href="http://www.allstateagent.com/">http://www.allstateagent.com/</a> or <strong>by calling Jeffrey Moore at 1-877-203-0647.</strong></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&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;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 Financia<strong>l</strong></a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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><em>*This referral award is subject to limitations and paid at the exclusive discretion of Allstate. The referral award is payable pending regional approval and signing of agency agreement by Allstate and referred candidate. No payments are made to you if the referred candidate is not appointed by Allstate. Referred candidate must confirm referral to recruiter. The referral award is not paid for mergers/acquisitions of an agency by another exclusive agent or for referrals by Allstate Dealer Services General Agents. . This award is subject to change without notice. All EA&rsquo;s, EFS&rsquo;s, Allstate Employees, Allstate affiliated support staff/sub producers, and Allstate appointed IA&rsquo;s are eligible to receive referral bonus. It is not available to the applicant, Allstate's recruitment team, human resource employees and Allstate managers whose responsibilities include recruitment. The recipient is solely responsible for any reporting and compliance requirements that may arise as a result of his or her acceptance of a monetary award. Securities offered through Allstate Financial Services, LLC.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Lou Ricca<br /> 727-573-6826 office<br /> 813-313-6251 cell<br /> <a href="mailto:lou.riccaiii@allstate.com">lou.riccaiii@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/41cdfcba-304c-4925-a695-742a972cd459 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/41cdfcba-304c-4925-a695-742a972cd459 Allstate Planning to Add Nine New Jacksonville area Agencies Over Next Few Months New agencies will mean more than 25 new jobs in the area<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>As the country continues to focus on small business and job creation, Allstate is offering the right candidates the chance to own their own piece of the American Dream. Throughout the remainder of the year, Allstate Insurance is ramping up its recruiting again &ndash; searching for new agency owners in the Jacksonville area.</p> <p>&ldquo;We see a real opportunity in the current job climate to attract well capitalized mid-career, mid-level managers to own and operate their own business and represent Allstate,&rdquo; said Bob Jackson, Allstate&rsquo;s Florida Regional Sales Leader. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re launching a significant campaign in Jacksonville to find professionals with the right background to serve as trusted financial advisors to Allstate&rsquo;s customers.&rdquo;</p> <p>To further assist with recruitment, for people who refer candidates that go on to become Allstate agents, the company is paying a $5,000* referral bonus.</p> <p>The addition of the new agencies will have a compounding effect on the Jacksonville job market since each new agent normally opens with a minimum of three employees to help ensure customers are well served with courtesy and efficiency. Adding nine agents could create more than 25 new jobs in Florida.</p> <p>Allstate agency owners enjoy a true economic interest in the book of business they write &ndash; a rare advantage in the insurance industry. As such, agents who are nearing retirement, or even those who are looking for a change in career, can sell the economic interest in their business to a qualified buyer. In fact, many choose to sell to their children as a way of passing along the business as a family legacy.</p> <p>&ldquo;Ownership of the economic interest is a big reason why entrepreneurs choose Allstate as a small business opportunity,&rdquo; Jackson said.&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s right up there with our brand, which is one of the most recognized and respected brands in the nation, and the high level of training and support we offer our new agencies to help them succeed.&rdquo;</p> <p>Interested candidates can apply to become an Allstate agent by visiting <a href="http://www.allstateagent.com/">http://www.allstateagent.com/</a> or <strong>by calling Jeffrey Moore at 1-877-203-0647.</strong></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&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;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 Financia<strong>l</strong></a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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><em>*This referral award is subject to limitations and paid at the exclusive discretion of Allstate. The referral award is payable pending regional approval and signing of agency agreement by Allstate and referred candidate. No payments are made to you if the referred candidate is not appointed by Allstate. Referred candidate must confirm referral to recruiter. The referral award is not paid for mergers/acquisitions of an agency by another exclusive agent or for referrals by Allstate Dealer Services General Agents. . This award is subject to change without notice. All EA&rsquo;s, EFS&rsquo;s, Allstate Employees, Allstate affiliated support staff/sub producers, and Allstate appointed IA&rsquo;s are eligible to receive referral bonus. It is not available to the applicant, Allstate's recruitment team, human resource employees and Allstate managers whose responsibilities include recruitment. The recipient is solely responsible for any reporting and compliance requirements that may arise as a result of his or her acceptance of a monetary award. Securities offered through Allstate Financial Services, LLC.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Lou Ricca<br /> 727-573-6826 office<br /> 813-313-6251 cell<br /> <a href="mailto:lou.riccaiii@allstate.com">lou.riccaiii@allstate.com</a></p> Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers Washington designs Purple Purse to serve as a symbol of movement; New national survey reveals that Americans view domestic violence as a serious problem, but don't regularly talk about it<br /><strong>This release contains: 3 Videos, 1 Related Document, 3 Photos</strong><p>Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress and advocate Kerry Washington has joined with The Allstate Foundation to raise awareness about domestic violence and the critical role that financial abuse plays in domestic violence situations. Washington is serving as the national ambassador for Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, the signature initiative that gets Americans motivated to combat domestic violence.</p> <p>Washington's role as ambassador includes designing a limited-edition purple purse that will be distributed among community leaders, Allstate agency owners, Purple Purse community partners that work directly with survivors, celebrities and media to raise awareness for the cause. The purse represents the center of a woman's financial domain and purple is the color of national domestic violence awareness. The Allstate Foundation is also distributing Purple Purse charms through Purple Purse Challenge participants to attach to a bag or purse and show support year-round. Washington also filmed a special Public Service Announcement featuring the purse and creating a call to action for Americans to get informed and involved.</p> <p>"A purse is where a woman's power lives. I am really proud of this bag, and having the opportunity to design a fashion statement that carries such an important message," said Washington. "Financial control is almost always a weapon of choice for abusers because when a victim's access to cash is taken away or her credit is destroyed or even her employment is jeopardized, it becomes nearly impossible for her to leave."</p> <p>"The Allstate Foundation wants to make it acceptable&mdash;even fashionable&mdash;to talk about domestic violence. Only by pulling back the curtain and getting involved can we ensure that victims can escape to a safer and brighter future," said Tom Wilson, chairman, president and CEO of Allstate. "It shouldn't take a high-profile incident in the news for us to rise up and take a stand against domestic violence. For far too long, this issue has remained in the shadows. We need to stop enabling criminals &ndash; by not letting money be a weapon of choice that, when combined with physical abuse, becomes a living nightmare for so many women in America."</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation also released the results of a survey, Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse, to understand the attitudes Americans have about violence in relationships and the financial control that usually accompanies physical abuse.</p> <p>Findings from the survey include:</p> <p>An Unknowing Public</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Nearly eight in 10 </strong>Americans (78 percent) say they have not heard much about financial abuse as it relates to domestic violence. Additionally, Americans think that financial abuse is the <strong>least likely</strong> (3 percent) form of abuse to be recognized by an outsider. </li> <li><strong>Sixty-five percent</strong> don't believe that their family or friends would know if they were in a financially abusive relationship and <strong>70 percent</strong> can't say they would know how to help them. </li> <li>Only <strong>39 percent</strong> of women have taken steps in their own relationship to protect themselves from financial abuse.</li> </ul> <p>Millennial Reflections</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Nearly 40 percent </strong>of Millennials say their parents talked to them about domestic violence, compared to a smaller percentage of older Americans, including<strong> 23 percent</strong> of Gen X'ers and <strong>18 percent</strong> of Baby Boomers. </li> <li>Nearly <strong>70 percent</strong> of Millennial women view domestic violence as a serious issue facing the country, compared to just <strong>55 percent</strong> of Millennial men.</li> <li>Older Americans, aged 69 or older, view issues related to financial abuse more seriously than the Millennial generation.&nbsp;<strong>Seventy-two percent </strong>of older Americans believe that not allowing a partner to have access to funds is considered domestic violence, versus just <strong>58 percent</strong> of Millennials.&nbsp;By a similar margin, <strong>73 percent</strong> of older Americans believe that running up debt in a partner's name should be considered domestic violence, compared to <strong>55 percent</strong> of Millennials. </li> </ul> <p>Multicultural Distinctions</p> <ul> <li>Hispanics (51 percent) and African Americans (49 percent) are <strong>twice as likely</strong> to see domestic violence as a serious problem among people they know than their white, non-Hispanic counterparts (25 percent).</li> <li>Hispanic parents (58 percent) and African American parents (52 percent) have discussed domestic violence <strong>more frequently</strong> than white non-Hispanic parents (43 percent).</li> </ul> <p>For additional information on the survey visit <a href="http://www.purplepurse.com" target="_blank">www.purplepurse.com</a>.</p> <p>To raise more awareness, The Allstate Foundation is encouraging the public to participate in a Purple Purse Challenge by donating to local nonprofit organizations that support financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors. The Challenge is already underway at PurplePurse.com and has raised nearly $500,000. The Allstate Foundation will contribute nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants to participating organizations in the Challenge. The more donations each nonprofit collects, the more incentive funding the organization can compete to win from The Allstate Foundation. The Challenge continues through Oct. 3, 2014.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.purplepurse.com/" target="_blank">PurplePurse.com</a> to learn more about domestic violence and financial abuse as well as how to start conversations about this important topic. For immediate assistance with a dangerous situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799 SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.</p> <p>Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program has empowered domestic violence survivors with resources, knowledge and skills they need to achieve financial empowerment and a life free from abuse. Since its inception, the program has helped nearly 400,000 domestic violence survivors leave abusive relationships through financial education, job training and readiness and microenterprise programs.</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>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The Allstate Foundation Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse survey was conducted July 18-27, 2014, by FTI Consulting among a nationally representative sample of 1,020 American adults age 18+ with additional oversamples among 200 Americans age 18-33 ("Millennials"), 200 Hispanic Women age 18+, and 250 adults each in the Chicago and. The margin of error for the national sample is &plusmn; 3% at the 95% confidence interval. The survey was conducted using the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;, a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Initially, participants are chosen scientifically by a random selection of telephone numbers and residential addresses. Persons in selected households are then invited by telephone or by mail to participate in the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;. For those who agree to participate, but do not already have Internet access, GfK provides at no cost a laptop and ISP connection. People who already have computers and Internet service are permitted to participate using their own equipment. Panelists then receive unique log-in information for accessing surveys online, and then are sent emails throughout each month inviting them to participate in research.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kate Hollcraft<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:kate.hollcraft@allstate.com">kate.hollcraft@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a3ecb0be-74dc-4edd-9884-d7cad7fcf1d9 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a3ecb0be-74dc-4edd-9884-d7cad7fcf1d9 Kerry Washington Joins The Allstate Foundation to Spotlight Finances As A "Weapon of Choice" Used by Domestic Violence Abusers Washington designs Purple Purse to serve as a symbol of movement; New national survey reveals that Americans view domestic violence as a serious problem, but don't regularly talk about it<br /><strong>This release contains: 3 Videos, 1 Related Document, 3 Photos</strong><p>Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress and advocate Kerry Washington has joined with The Allstate Foundation to raise awareness about domestic violence and the critical role that financial abuse plays in domestic violence situations. Washington is serving as the national ambassador for Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, the signature initiative that gets Americans motivated to combat domestic violence.</p> <p>Washington's role as ambassador includes designing a limited-edition purple purse that will be distributed among community leaders, Allstate agency owners, Purple Purse community partners that work directly with survivors, celebrities and media to raise awareness for the cause. The purse represents the center of a woman's financial domain and purple is the color of national domestic violence awareness. The Allstate Foundation is also distributing Purple Purse charms through Purple Purse Challenge participants to attach to a bag or purse and show support year-round. Washington also filmed a special Public Service Announcement featuring the purse and creating a call to action for Americans to get informed and involved.</p> <p>"A purse is where a woman's power lives. I am really proud of this bag, and having the opportunity to design a fashion statement that carries such an important message," said Washington. "Financial control is almost always a weapon of choice for abusers because when a victim's access to cash is taken away or her credit is destroyed or even her employment is jeopardized, it becomes nearly impossible for her to leave."</p> <p>"The Allstate Foundation wants to make it acceptable&mdash;even fashionable&mdash;to talk about domestic violence. Only by pulling back the curtain and getting involved can we ensure that victims can escape to a safer and brighter future," said Tom Wilson, chairman, president and CEO of Allstate. "It shouldn't take a high-profile incident in the news for us to rise up and take a stand against domestic violence. For far too long, this issue has remained in the shadows. We need to stop enabling criminals &ndash; by not letting money be a weapon of choice that, when combined with physical abuse, becomes a living nightmare for so many women in America."</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation also released the results of a survey, Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse, to understand the attitudes Americans have about violence in relationships and the financial control that usually accompanies physical abuse.</p> <p>Findings from the survey include:</p> <p>An Unknowing Public</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Nearly eight in 10 </strong>Americans (78 percent) say they have not heard much about financial abuse as it relates to domestic violence. Additionally, Americans think that financial abuse is the <strong>least likely</strong> (3 percent) form of abuse to be recognized by an outsider. </li> <li><strong>Sixty-five percent</strong> don't believe that their family or friends would know if they were in a financially abusive relationship and <strong>70 percent</strong> can't say they would know how to help them. </li> <li>Only <strong>39 percent</strong> of women have taken steps in their own relationship to protect themselves from financial abuse.</li> </ul> <p>Millennial Reflections</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Nearly 40 percent </strong>of Millennials say their parents talked to them about domestic violence, compared to a smaller percentage of older Americans, including<strong> 23 percent</strong> of Gen X'ers and <strong>18 percent</strong> of Baby Boomers. </li> <li>Nearly <strong>70 percent</strong> of Millennial women view domestic violence as a serious issue facing the country, compared to just <strong>55 percent</strong> of Millennial men.</li> <li>Older Americans, aged 69 or older, view issues related to financial abuse more seriously than the Millennial generation.&nbsp;<strong>Seventy-two percent </strong>of older Americans believe that not allowing a partner to have access to funds is considered domestic violence, versus just <strong>58 percent</strong> of Millennials.&nbsp;By a similar margin, <strong>73 percent</strong> of older Americans believe that running up debt in a partner's name should be considered domestic violence, compared to <strong>55 percent</strong> of Millennials. </li> </ul> <p>Multicultural Distinctions</p> <ul> <li>Hispanics (51 percent) and African Americans (49 percent) are <strong>twice as likely</strong> to see domestic violence as a serious problem among people they know than their white, non-Hispanic counterparts (25 percent).</li> <li>Hispanic parents (58 percent) and African American parents (52 percent) have discussed domestic violence <strong>more frequently</strong> than white non-Hispanic parents (43 percent).</li> </ul> <p>For additional information on the survey visit <a href="http://www.purplepurse.com" target="_blank">www.purplepurse.com</a>.</p> <p>To raise more awareness, The Allstate Foundation is encouraging the public to participate in a Purple Purse Challenge by donating to local nonprofit organizations that support financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors. The Challenge is already underway at PurplePurse.com and has raised nearly $500,000. The Allstate Foundation will contribute nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants to participating organizations in the Challenge. The more donations each nonprofit collects, the more incentive funding the organization can compete to win from The Allstate Foundation. The Challenge continues through Oct. 3, 2014.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.purplepurse.com/" target="_blank">PurplePurse.com</a> to learn more about domestic violence and financial abuse as well as how to start conversations about this important topic. For immediate assistance with a dangerous situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799 SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.</p> <p>Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program has empowered domestic violence survivors with resources, knowledge and skills they need to achieve financial empowerment and a life free from abuse. Since its inception, the program has helped nearly 400,000 domestic violence survivors leave abusive relationships through financial education, job training and readiness and microenterprise programs.</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>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The Allstate Foundation Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse survey was conducted July 18-27, 2014, by FTI Consulting among a nationally representative sample of 1,020 American adults age 18+ with additional oversamples among 200 Americans age 18-33 ("Millennials"), 200 Hispanic Women age 18+, and 250 adults each in the Chicago and. The margin of error for the national sample is &plusmn; 3% at the 95% confidence interval. The survey was conducted using the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;, a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Initially, participants are chosen scientifically by a random selection of telephone numbers and residential addresses. Persons in selected households are then invited by telephone or by mail to participate in the web-enabled KnowledgePanel&reg;. For those who agree to participate, but do not already have Internet access, GfK provides at no cost a laptop and ISP connection. People who already have computers and Internet service are permitted to participate using their own equipment. Panelists then receive unique log-in information for accessing surveys online, and then are sent emails throughout each month inviting them to participate in research.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kate Hollcraft<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:kate.hollcraft@allstate.com">kate.hollcraft@allstate.com</a></p> Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement on domestic violence and financial abuse. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/411b8566-46a7-41da-859a-8d79ae1436b8 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/411b8566-46a7-41da-859a-8d79ae1436b8 Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement on domestic violence and financial abuse. Kerry Washington <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/814d/7f7b/814d7f7b-f05b-4ded-b84c-b74c2397d173-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Kerry Washington Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/kerry-washington http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/kerry-washington Kerry Washington <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/814d/7f7b/814d7f7b-f05b-4ded-b84c-b74c2397d173-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Kerry Washington Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement (.mov) Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement on domestic violence and financial abuse. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:59:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/364fc8ce-da5f-45d9-bf2c-64415672c504 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/364fc8ce-da5f-45d9-bf2c-64415672c504 Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement (.mov) Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement on domestic violence and financial abuse. Behind the scenes of Kerry Washington's Allstate Foundation Purple Purse PSA Behind the scenes of Kerry Washington's Allstate Foundation Purple Purse PSA Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:59:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/b7c6734f-7237-4328-a106-8ba2bd1276d1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/b7c6734f-7237-4328-a106-8ba2bd1276d1 Behind the scenes of Kerry Washington's Allstate Foundation Purple Purse PSA Behind the scenes of Kerry Washington's Allstate Foundation Purple Purse PSA Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops in Perry to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 10 Photos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides℠" stops-off in Perry, GA on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the "Reality Rides℠" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam in its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>In Georgia, Reality Rides will visit the Georgia National Fair on Sunday, Oct. 12 from 8 am &ndash; 10 pm at 401 Larry Walker Parkway in Perry, GA.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as Georgia Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Adam Polak, Allstate spokesman. "The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with teens at the Georgia National Fair in October."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's 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.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, Fair attendees are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws. </li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. 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.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent 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.</p> <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><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 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, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners 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:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (404) 973-5764<br /> <a href="mailto:Daniel.Groce@allstate.com">Daniel.Groce@allstate.com</a></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d288ebd4-9115-43a5-865b-0d5cca293b5c http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d288ebd4-9115-43a5-865b-0d5cca293b5c Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops in Perry to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 10 Photos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides℠" stops-off in Perry, GA on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the "Reality Rides℠" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam in its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>In Georgia, Reality Rides will visit the Georgia National Fair on Sunday, Oct. 12 from 8 am &ndash; 10 pm at 401 Larry Walker Parkway in Perry, GA.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as Georgia Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Adam Polak, Allstate spokesman. "The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with teens at the Georgia National Fair in October."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's 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.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, Fair attendees are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws. </li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. 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.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent 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.</p> <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><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 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, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners 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:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Groce<br /> (404) 973-5764<br /> <a href="mailto:Daniel.Groce@allstate.com">Daniel.Groce@allstate.com</a></p> MEDIA ADVISORY: Allstate Reality Rides℠ Pit-Stops at 25th Georgia National Fair National Tour Effectively Drives Opinion Change Around Distracted Driving Through High-Tech Simulations<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Distracted driving continues to be the number one cause for car collisions in the U.S. On October 12, Allstate "Reality Rides℠" will stop-off in Perry at the Georgia National Fair. The Reality Rides℠ tour of more than 40 American cities brings a driving simulator that demonstrates the dangers of distracted driving. Allstate Insurance Company aims to bring awareness around distraction-free driving with this second annual campaign tour.</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a curved LED television that displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the vehicle's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text and talk on the phone.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road.</p> <table border="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top">WHO:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top"> <p>Interviews with:</p> <ul> <li>Allstate safe driving experts</li> <li>Fair Attendees</li> </ul> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>WHAT:</p> </td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">Distracted driving simulator installed in a real vehicle.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">VISUALS:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">In-car camera access to capture drivers attempting to safely drive while texting, talking on the phone and typing in-car navigation. Learn safe driving tips and distracted driving statistics. Get action shots of drivers taking the pledge to X the TXT&reg;, incurring potential driving "infractions" and learning from this educational opportunity.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">WHEN:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">Sunday, October 12<sup>th</sup><br /> 8 am &ndash; 10 pm<br /> We can accommodate live remotes for a morning show and can be flexible with timing.<br /> Please contact me for more information.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">WHERE:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">Georgia National Fair<br /> 401 Larry Walker Parkway<br /> Perry, GA 31069</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">CONTACT:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">Daniel Groce<br /> (404) 973-5764<br /> <a href="mailto:Daniel.Groce@allstate.com">Daniel.Groce@allstate.com</a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/9790a782-ca3c-4659-bdee-1f2c065ee433 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/9790a782-ca3c-4659-bdee-1f2c065ee433 MEDIA ADVISORY: Allstate Reality Rides℠ Pit-Stops at 25th Georgia National Fair National Tour Effectively Drives Opinion Change Around Distracted Driving Through High-Tech Simulations<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Distracted driving continues to be the number one cause for car collisions in the U.S. On October 12, Allstate "Reality Rides℠" will stop-off in Perry at the Georgia National Fair. The Reality Rides℠ tour of more than 40 American cities brings a driving simulator that demonstrates the dangers of distracted driving. Allstate Insurance Company aims to bring awareness around distraction-free driving with this second annual campaign tour.</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a curved LED television that displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the vehicle's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text and talk on the phone.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road.</p> <table border="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top">WHO:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top"> <p>Interviews with:</p> <ul> <li>Allstate safe driving experts</li> <li>Fair Attendees</li> </ul> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>WHAT:</p> </td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">Distracted driving simulator installed in a real vehicle.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">VISUALS:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">In-car camera access to capture drivers attempting to safely drive while texting, talking on the phone and typing in-car navigation. Learn safe driving tips and distracted driving statistics. Get action shots of drivers taking the pledge to X the TXT&reg;, incurring potential driving "infractions" and learning from this educational opportunity.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">WHEN:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">Sunday, October 12<sup>th</sup><br /> 8 am &ndash; 10 pm<br /> We can accommodate live remotes for a morning show and can be flexible with timing.<br /> Please contact me for more information.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">WHERE:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">Georgia National Fair<br /> 401 Larry Walker Parkway<br /> Perry, GA 31069</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">CONTACT:</td> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top">Daniel Groce<br /> (404) 973-5764<br /> <a href="mailto:Daniel.Groce@allstate.com">Daniel.Groce@allstate.com</a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> Allstate Names Pam Dufour President of Allstate Roadside Services <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation today announced that Pam Dufour will join the company as president of Allstate Roadside Services. In this role, Dufour will lead all business operations of Allstate Roadside Services, including developing strategies for operational performance, managing call center operations and leveraging state-of-the-art technology. She will report to Kathy Mabe, president, Business to Business of The Allstate Corporation. Dufour will join Allstate effective September 22, 2014.</p> <p>&ldquo;Pam has had tremendous experience and success in managing consumer assistance operations,&rdquo; said Mabe. &ldquo;Her background in consumer-focused services spanning roadside assistance, travel insurance and healthcare services, where she built award winning call center operations, makes Pam an excellent choice for this important role.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dufour has served in a number of leadership roles in roadside and rescue services, customer service, claims management, marketing and sales. Before joining Allstate, she served as senior vice president and chief operations officer for Allianz Global Assistance USA and the Americas Region. In that role, she was responsible for operations strategy in North and South America and all aspects of service delivery. She gained extensive experience in product development, project management and quality control while working for SunTrust Bank. Dufour earned a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in marketing and management from James Madison University and has a master&rsquo;s degree in business from Virginia Commonwealth University.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstate.com/auto-roadside-services/good-hands-roadside.aspx">Allstate Roadside Services</a> is one of the nation&rsquo;s leading providers of roadside assistance. The program offers tire changes, jump starts, gas delivery and towing assistance for drivers who find themselves in unexpected situations on the road.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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:</strong></p> <p>April Eaton<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:39:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/fca7bb48-f9f1-448c-99f0-27ebd539cbcf http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/fca7bb48-f9f1-448c-99f0-27ebd539cbcf Allstate Names Pam Dufour President of Allstate Roadside Services <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation today announced that Pam Dufour will join the company as president of Allstate Roadside Services. In this role, Dufour will lead all business operations of Allstate Roadside Services, including developing strategies for operational performance, managing call center operations and leveraging state-of-the-art technology. She will report to Kathy Mabe, president, Business to Business of The Allstate Corporation. Dufour will join Allstate effective September 22, 2014.</p> <p>&ldquo;Pam has had tremendous experience and success in managing consumer assistance operations,&rdquo; said Mabe. &ldquo;Her background in consumer-focused services spanning roadside assistance, travel insurance and healthcare services, where she built award winning call center operations, makes Pam an excellent choice for this important role.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dufour has served in a number of leadership roles in roadside and rescue services, customer service, claims management, marketing and sales. Before joining Allstate, she served as senior vice president and chief operations officer for Allianz Global Assistance USA and the Americas Region. In that role, she was responsible for operations strategy in North and South America and all aspects of service delivery. She gained extensive experience in product development, project management and quality control while working for SunTrust Bank. Dufour earned a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in marketing and management from James Madison University and has a master&rsquo;s degree in business from Virginia Commonwealth University.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstate.com/auto-roadside-services/good-hands-roadside.aspx">Allstate Roadside Services</a> is one of the nation&rsquo;s leading providers of roadside assistance. The program offers tire changes, jump starts, gas delivery and towing assistance for drivers who find themselves in unexpected situations on the road.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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:</strong></p> <p>April Eaton<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Allstate Insurance Company Files $1.3 Million Medical Fraud Lawsuit Against New York-Area Medical Provider <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company ("Allstate") seeks to recover approximately $1.3 million in actual damages against a New York area medical provider in its 5th insurance fraud lawsuit of 2014. Since 2003, Allstate has filed 57 fraud lawsuits in New York State seeking more than $257 million in damages.</p> <p>The complaint against Mihir Bhatt, M.D. ("Bhatt") and BMB Medical, P.C. ("BMB"), filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, alleges that Bhatt, working both under his own name and through BMB, defrauded Allstate by unlawfully collecting payments for no-fault benefits under New York law.</p> <p>The lawsuit alleges Bhatt continuously and systematically defrauded Allstate by providing&mdash;and obtaining payment for&mdash;health care services that were falsely reported, not medically necessary, provided pursuant to a predetermined protocol, falsely charged, and in certain instances, never actually rendered.</p> <p>The complaint also alleges that as part of this scheme, Bhatt, practicing under his own name or through BMB, routinely provided initial consultations to patients that resulted in the routine prescription of diagnostic tests and other services. Further allegations state that following the consultations, Bhatt performed a battery of diagnostic testing on virtually every patient, and in many cases, the results of these tests were falsified and fabricated. According to allegations in the complaint, the results of these tests were then used as a means to support the provision of additional health care services, including numerous follow-up examinations and office visits that were wholly unnecessary.</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.&nbsp;"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.&nbsp;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, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners 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># # #</p> <p><strong>CONTACT:</strong></p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a></p> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:32:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/3286b295-effb-4a5c-b38c-06d2a454c164 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/3286b295-effb-4a5c-b38c-06d2a454c164 Allstate Insurance Company Files $1.3 Million Medical Fraud Lawsuit Against New York-Area Medical Provider <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company ("Allstate") seeks to recover approximately $1.3 million in actual damages against a New York area medical provider in its 5th insurance fraud lawsuit of 2014. Since 2003, Allstate has filed 57 fraud lawsuits in New York State seeking more than $257 million in damages.</p> <p>The complaint against Mihir Bhatt, M.D. ("Bhatt") and BMB Medical, P.C. ("BMB"), filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, alleges that Bhatt, working both under his own name and through BMB, defrauded Allstate by unlawfully collecting payments for no-fault benefits under New York law.</p> <p>The lawsuit alleges Bhatt continuously and systematically defrauded Allstate by providing&mdash;and obtaining payment for&mdash;health care services that were falsely reported, not medically necessary, provided pursuant to a predetermined protocol, falsely charged, and in certain instances, never actually rendered.</p> <p>The complaint also alleges that as part of this scheme, Bhatt, practicing under his own name or through BMB, routinely provided initial consultations to patients that resulted in the routine prescription of diagnostic tests and other services. Further allegations state that following the consultations, Bhatt performed a battery of diagnostic testing on virtually every patient, and in many cases, the results of these tests were falsified and fabricated. According to allegations in the complaint, the results of these tests were then used as a means to support the provision of additional health care services, including numerous follow-up examinations and office visits that were wholly unnecessary.</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.&nbsp;"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.&nbsp;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, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners 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># # #</p> <p><strong>CONTACT:</strong></p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a></p> Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops in Rockford to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 9 Photos</strong><p>On Tues., Sept. 16, Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides<span class="smark">℠</span>" stops-off in Rockford on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the "Reality Rides<span class="smark">℠</span>" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam in its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>In Rockford, Reality Rides will visit the Alignment Rockford Career Expo from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as Rockford Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Brian Cobb, territory sales leader for Allstate's Midwest Region. "The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with Rockford."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's 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.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws. </li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. 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.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent 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.</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 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 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, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners 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;#</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meegan Sims<br /> 224-383-7751<br /> <a href="mailto:meegan.sims@allstate.com">meegan.sims@allstate.com</a></p> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:29:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a3b268f5-6fc6-4ccd-9c0a-3259a476b2f8 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a3b268f5-6fc6-4ccd-9c0a-3259a476b2f8 Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops in Rockford to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 9 Photos</strong><p>On Tues., Sept. 16, Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides<span class="smark">℠</span>" stops-off in Rockford on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the "Reality Rides<span class="smark">℠</span>" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam in its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>In Rockford, Reality Rides will visit the Alignment Rockford Career Expo from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as Rockford Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Brian Cobb, territory sales leader for Allstate's Midwest Region. "The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with Rockford."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's 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.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws. </li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. 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.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent 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.</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 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 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, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners 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;#</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meegan Sims<br /> 224-383-7751<br /> <a href="mailto:meegan.sims@allstate.com">meegan.sims@allstate.com</a></p> Barclays 2014 Global Financial Services Conference <strong>This release contains: 2 Related Documents</strong><p>Thomas J. Wilson<br />Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer<br />The Allstate Corporation</p> <p>Date:&nbsp; Wednesday, September 10, 2014<br /> Time:&nbsp; 8:15 a.m. eastern</p> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:02:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ea242a4a-179a-4094-996b-aa82a31f700b http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ea242a4a-179a-4094-996b-aa82a31f700b Barclays 2014 Global Financial Services Conference <strong>This release contains: 2 Related Documents</strong><p>Thomas J. Wilson<br />Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer<br />The Allstate Corporation</p> <p>Date:&nbsp; Wednesday, September 10, 2014<br /> Time:&nbsp; 8:15 a.m. eastern</p> Allstate CEO Tom Wilson discusses CR Strategy Allstate CEO Tom Wilson discusses CR Strategy. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:32:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/62ce200c-7f29-478a-9924-6bd5f9e06aeb http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/62ce200c-7f29-478a-9924-6bd5f9e06aeb Allstate CEO Tom Wilson discusses CR Strategy Allstate CEO Tom Wilson discusses CR Strategy. Allstate Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report, "Force for Good" 2013 report highlights Allstate's bold commitments to improve society and business<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Today Allstate released its annual Corporate Responsibility report, titled <em>Force for Good</em>. The report focuses on Allstate's efforts to bring out the good in people's lives by delivering solutions to challenging societal issues, strengthening communities and elevating its sustainable business practices. This is Allstate's twelfth corporate responsibility report.</p> <p>"Force for Good is about us doing the right thing, putting people ahead of policies and defying expectations," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "It's a mindset that guides our decisions and priorities, especially regarding our approach to corporate responsibility. We delivered great progress in 2013 across our citizenship goals and will continue to challenge ourselves to improve our performance in years to come."</p> <p>In 2013, Allstate brought the "Good Hands" to life for people in need in virtually every city in the country. Sixty-five percent of Allstate agency owners and employees were involved in corporate responsibility programs during the year, including a record 3,700 volunteers during its annual Week of Service. In addition, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners contributed more than $29 million to help more than 8,600 diverse nonprofit organizations.</p> <p>Accomplishments highlighted in this year's report include:</p> <p><strong>Business Practices</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Ranked among top companies for diversity:</strong> Included on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity&reg; list for the third year in a row, reflecting our core value of inclusive diversity. </li> <li><strong>Maximized investments to deliver social impact:</strong> Maintained Allstate Investments' nearly $1 billion commitment to socially responsible strategies, such as Low Income Housing Tax Credits and a program to help identify and develop minority- and women-owned private equity firms.</li> <li><strong>Leveraged big data to combat insurance fraud: </strong>Created predictive modeling algorithms through Allstate's Quantitative Research &amp; Analytics team to help identify and prevent claims fraud. Eliminating fraud is good for Allstate and for consumers who may benefit from lower premiums.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Environmental Stewardship</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Nearly achieved our long-term energy-reduction goal years ahead of plan:</strong> Reduced energy use in owned facilities by 10.87 percent versus 2012, and by 19.39 percent compared to our 2007 baseline, nearly reaching Allstate's long-term goal to cut energy use 20 percent by 2020. </li> <li><strong>Continued strong performance in reducing Allstate's carbon footprint: </strong>Lowered our footprint by 6.3 percent versus 2012 and nearly 27 percent since 2007.</li> <li><strong>Provided water filtration to curb plastic bottle waste: </strong>Kept more than 1 million plastic water bottles out of landfills, thanks to 168 water-filtration stations installed across Allstate facilities.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Social Impact</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Helped more teens stay safer on the road:</strong> Engaged more than 1.2 million teens in our Teen Safe Driving programs. </li> <li><strong>Broadened reach of our domestic violence program:</strong> Financially empowered more than 171,000 domestic violence survivors, helping women across the country achieve the self-sufficiency they need to get free and stay free from abuse. </li> <li><strong>Led new public-private effort to reduce violence in our hometown of Chicago:</strong> Helped launch &ndash; and continue to lead &ndash; a $50 million multiyear program to combat urban violence in the city with our sponsorship of <em>Get In Chicago</em>. </li> <li><strong>Prepared more Americans for natural disasters:</strong> Collaborated with Points of Light to equip 5,500 families in 14 cities with their own disaster-preparedness kits.</li> </ul> <p>To view this year's Corporate Responsibility report and learn more about how Allstate is using its knowledge, resources, and business practices to be a force for good in the community, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx</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 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 and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">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" 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>Kyle Donash<br /> <a href="mailto:kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.Donash@allstate.com</a><br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:32:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f82942bd-d1a2-4e61-8ae1-bde450d4bf48 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f82942bd-d1a2-4e61-8ae1-bde450d4bf48 Allstate Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report, "Force for Good" 2013 report highlights Allstate's bold commitments to improve society and business<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Today Allstate released its annual Corporate Responsibility report, titled <em>Force for Good</em>. The report focuses on Allstate's efforts to bring out the good in people's lives by delivering solutions to challenging societal issues, strengthening communities and elevating its sustainable business practices. This is Allstate's twelfth corporate responsibility report.</p> <p>"Force for Good is about us doing the right thing, putting people ahead of policies and defying expectations," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "It's a mindset that guides our decisions and priorities, especially regarding our approach to corporate responsibility. We delivered great progress in 2013 across our citizenship goals and will continue to challenge ourselves to improve our performance in years to come."</p> <p>In 2013, Allstate brought the "Good Hands" to life for people in need in virtually every city in the country. Sixty-five percent of Allstate agency owners and employees were involved in corporate responsibility programs during the year, including a record 3,700 volunteers during its annual Week of Service. In addition, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners contributed more than $29 million to help more than 8,600 diverse nonprofit organizations.</p> <p>Accomplishments highlighted in this year's report include:</p> <p><strong>Business Practices</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Ranked among top companies for diversity:</strong> Included on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity&reg; list for the third year in a row, reflecting our core value of inclusive diversity. </li> <li><strong>Maximized investments to deliver social impact:</strong> Maintained Allstate Investments' nearly $1 billion commitment to socially responsible strategies, such as Low Income Housing Tax Credits and a program to help identify and develop minority- and women-owned private equity firms.</li> <li><strong>Leveraged big data to combat insurance fraud: </strong>Created predictive modeling algorithms through Allstate's Quantitative Research &amp; Analytics team to help identify and prevent claims fraud. Eliminating fraud is good for Allstate and for consumers who may benefit from lower premiums.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Environmental Stewardship</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Nearly achieved our long-term energy-reduction goal years ahead of plan:</strong> Reduced energy use in owned facilities by 10.87 percent versus 2012, and by 19.39 percent compared to our 2007 baseline, nearly reaching Allstate's long-term goal to cut energy use 20 percent by 2020. </li> <li><strong>Continued strong performance in reducing Allstate's carbon footprint: </strong>Lowered our footprint by 6.3 percent versus 2012 and nearly 27 percent since 2007.</li> <li><strong>Provided water filtration to curb plastic bottle waste: </strong>Kept more than 1 million plastic water bottles out of landfills, thanks to 168 water-filtration stations installed across Allstate facilities.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Social Impact</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Helped more teens stay safer on the road:</strong> Engaged more than 1.2 million teens in our Teen Safe Driving programs. </li> <li><strong>Broadened reach of our domestic violence program:</strong> Financially empowered more than 171,000 domestic violence survivors, helping women across the country achieve the self-sufficiency they need to get free and stay free from abuse. </li> <li><strong>Led new public-private effort to reduce violence in our hometown of Chicago:</strong> Helped launch &ndash; and continue to lead &ndash; a $50 million multiyear program to combat urban violence in the city with our sponsorship of <em>Get In Chicago</em>. </li> <li><strong>Prepared more Americans for natural disasters:</strong> Collaborated with Points of Light to equip 5,500 families in 14 cities with their own disaster-preparedness kits.</li> </ul> <p>To view this year's Corporate Responsibility report and learn more about how Allstate is using its knowledge, resources, and business practices to be a force for good in the community, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx</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 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 and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">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" 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>Kyle Donash<br /> <a href="mailto:kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.Donash@allstate.com</a><br /> (847) 402-5600</p> History & Timeline 2010s <p><strong>2010</strong><br /> Good Hands&reg; Roadside Assistance launches to offer drivers a premier network of roadside assistance resources on a pay-for-use basis.</p> <p>Drivewise&reg; is introduced to track auto customers' actual driving performance through a small telematics device.</p> <p>Allstate debuts the Mayhem&reg; advertising campaign.</p> <p>Save 11, a national public awareness and engagement campaign designed to help save teen lives behind the wheel through education and legislative reform is introduced.</p> <p><strong>2011</strong><br /> Allstate acquires Esurance and Answer Financial, insurance providers that cater to distinct types of consumers.</p> <p>Allstate unveils its innovative Claim Satisfaction Guarantee.</p> <p>Allstate House and Home&reg;, is introduced to give customers access to new discounts, greater opportunity to select the coverage limits and deductible options that meet their needs.</p> <p>Allstate introduces Mayhem's Spanish-language cousin, Mala Suerte ("bad luck"), bringing the Allstate message to Hispanic consumers.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation launches the award-winning Purple Purse public awareness campaign, promoting financial empowerment for domestic violence survivors as a path to a safe future.</p> <p><strong>2012</strong><br /> Allstate recognized as one of America's most community-minded companies in The Civic 50 &shy;survey, the first comprehensive ranking of Standard &amp; Poor's 500 corporations that best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.</p> <p><strong>2013</strong><br /> Allstate pledges $5 million over five years to support Chicago's efforts to reduce violent crime and improve the safety and vitality of neighborhoods citywide. These funds are used to identify, expand and support programs proven to prevent violence.</p> <p>The National Safety Council honored Allstate and The Allstate Foundation with the prestigious Flame of Life Award for leadership in reducing car crashes involving teens. This award recognizes significant, lifesaving contributions to safety. The Council has presented the award only four other times in its 100-year history.</p> <p>Allstate was included in The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity&reg; list for the third year in a row.</p> <p>More than 1.2 million teens were involved in our teen safe driving programs in 2013. Teen driving fatalities have declined by 47% since The Allstate Foundation began its Teen Safe Driving Program in 2005.</p> <p><strong>2014</strong><br /> Allstate Launches Star Driver&reg;, a smartphone based tool powered by the new Drivewise&reg; Mobile app that helps identify and teach safe driving behaviors.</p> <p>During the Allstate Week of Service, employees and agency owners put their hands to work at more than 300 nonprofit organizations. In total, more than 4,000 Allstate volunteers donated more than 14,000 hours of service in communities across the U.S.</p> <p>Allstate named one of the "Best Companies for Multicultural Women" by Working Mother magazine. This honor recognizes the 25 U.S. corporations that create and use best practices in hiring, retaining and promoting women of color.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation starts its support of Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner. Allstate's involvement enables Free the Children to extend the reach of its two programs, We Day and We Act, which educate, engage and enable youth to tackle social issues affecting communities around the world.</p> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:50:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/c99c02f9-8cf1-4e06-9f41-a3061edd334c http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/c99c02f9-8cf1-4e06-9f41-a3061edd334c History & Timeline 2010s <p><strong>2010</strong><br /> Good Hands&reg; Roadside Assistance launches to offer drivers a premier network of roadside assistance resources on a pay-for-use basis.</p> <p>Drivewise&reg; is introduced to track auto customers' actual driving performance through a small telematics device.</p> <p>Allstate debuts the Mayhem&reg; advertising campaign.</p> <p>Save 11, a national public awareness and engagement campaign designed to help save teen lives behind the wheel through education and legislative reform is introduced.</p> <p><strong>2011</strong><br /> Allstate acquires Esurance and Answer Financial, insurance providers that cater to distinct types of consumers.</p> <p>Allstate unveils its innovative Claim Satisfaction Guarantee.</p> <p>Allstate House and Home&reg;, is introduced to give customers access to new discounts, greater opportunity to select the coverage limits and deductible options that meet their needs.</p> <p>Allstate introduces Mayhem's Spanish-language cousin, Mala Suerte ("bad luck"), bringing the Allstate message to Hispanic consumers.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation launches the award-winning Purple Purse public awareness campaign, promoting financial empowerment for domestic violence survivors as a path to a safe future.</p> <p><strong>2012</strong><br /> Allstate recognized as one of America's most community-minded companies in The Civic 50 &shy;survey, the first comprehensive ranking of Standard &amp; Poor's 500 corporations that best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.</p> <p><strong>2013</strong><br /> Allstate pledges $5 million over five years to support Chicago's efforts to reduce violent crime and improve the safety and vitality of neighborhoods citywide. These funds are used to identify, expand and support programs proven to prevent violence.</p> <p>The National Safety Council honored Allstate and The Allstate Foundation with the prestigious Flame of Life Award for leadership in reducing car crashes involving teens. This award recognizes significant, lifesaving contributions to safety. The Council has presented the award only four other times in its 100-year history.</p> <p>Allstate was included in The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity&reg; list for the third year in a row.</p> <p>More than 1.2 million teens were involved in our teen safe driving programs in 2013. Teen driving fatalities have declined by 47% since The Allstate Foundation began its Teen Safe Driving Program in 2005.</p> <p><strong>2014</strong><br /> Allstate Launches Star Driver&reg;, a smartphone based tool powered by the new Drivewise&reg; Mobile app that helps identify and teach safe driving behaviors.</p> <p>During the Allstate Week of Service, employees and agency owners put their hands to work at more than 300 nonprofit organizations. In total, more than 4,000 Allstate volunteers donated more than 14,000 hours of service in communities across the U.S.</p> <p>Allstate named one of the "Best Companies for Multicultural Women" by Working Mother magazine. This honor recognizes the 25 U.S. corporations that create and use best practices in hiring, retaining and promoting women of color.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation starts its support of Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner. Allstate's involvement enables Free the Children to extend the reach of its two programs, We Day and We Act, which educate, engage and enable youth to tackle social issues affecting communities around the world.</p> The Allstate Foundation Invites New Jerseyans to Fill Up Purple Purses: Online Challenge of Five Nonprofits in New Jersey Will Raise Funds for Domestic Violence Services Purple Purse Challenge helps kick off program to build awareness about domestic violence and financial abuse<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>It is the least talked about part of domestic violence&mdash;financial abuse. In an endeavor to raise money for nonprofits that provide domestic violence and economic empowerment services, The Allstate Foundation has built a program to help organizations across the country raise money and build awareness for their efforts. In New Jersey, five nonprofit organizations have signed on to participate in the Challenge and are joined by nearly 140 participating nonprofits from around the country. The Allstate Foundation will contribute nearly $650,000 to the Purple Purse Challenge in incentive funding and direct grants to the participating organizations.</p> <p>The Purple Purse Challenge launched this week and will last through Oct. 3, 2014. Anyone interested in giving to participating organizations can donate at <a href="http://www.Crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge" target="_blank">www.Crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>.</p> <p>The more donations each nonprofit collects, the more incentive funding the organization can compete for the opportunity to win from The Allstate Foundation.</p> <p>Participating nonprofits from New Jersey include:</p> <ul> <li>New Jersey Association on Correction <a href="http://www.njaconline.org" target="_blank">www.njaconline.org</a></li> <li>YWCA of Eastern Union County <a href="http://www.ywca-euc.org/" target="_blank">http://www.ywca-euc.org/</a></li> <li>Resource Center of Somerset, Inc <a href="http://www.resourcecenterofsomerset.org/" target="_blank">http://www.resourcecenterofsomerset.org/</a></li> <li>Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates <a href="http://supportsofia.org/" target="_blank">http://supportsofia.org/</a></li> <li>Jersey Battered Women's Service <a href="http://jbws.org/" target="_blank">http://jbws.org/</a></li> </ul> <p>"Two-thirds of Americans believe that domestic violence is a serious problem, yet just over 1 in 3 have ever talked about it. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse aims to make it easy to talk about this difficult topic," said David Basile, an Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company Exclusive Agent. "We believe by increasing awareness in New Jersey we can create momentum into October, which is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and is a part of Allstate Foundation Purple Purse that aims to educate the public on the role financial abuse has in trapping women in abusive relationships."</p> <p><a href="http://agents.allstate.com/david-basile-middlesex-nj.html" target="_blank">Basile</a> has partnered with the Resource Center of Somerset, Inc to raise awareness about the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse program. His agencies are located at 540 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex, N.J. and 3146 Rt. 27, Unit 101, Kendall Park, N.J.</p> <p>As a part of this year's program, limited-edition purple purses, designed for Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, will be distributed among community leaders, Purple Purse Challenge participants, celebrities and media to raise awareness for this important cause. The purple purse represents the center of a woman's financial domain and purple is the color of national domestic violence awareness.</p> <p>Donors who give to a nonprofit participant in the Challenge from Sept. 2 through Oct. 3 will be entered in a weekly drawing to win one of the exclusive purses. Additionally, The Allstate Foundation is giving the opportunity for one lucky person and a guest to travel to New York City for the unveiling of the purse design at an exclusive event on Sept. 15. For full rules and details please visit <a href="http://www.CrowdRise.com/PurplePurseChallenge" target="_blank">www.CrowdRise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation is also distributing 80,000 Purple Purse charms through Purple Purse Challenge participants and Allstate agency owners to attach to a bag or purse to show support year-round. The charms are outfitted with a story of a survivor who overcame abuse through financial empowerment.</p> <p>Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program has empowered domestic violence survivors with resources, knowledge and skills they need to achieve financial empowerment and life free from abuse. Since its inception, the program has helped nearly 400,000 domestic violence survivors leave abusive relationships through financial education, job training and readiness, and microenterprise programs.</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 Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company</strong><br /> Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company services more than 450,000 households throughout New Jersey. Widely known by its slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;," Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate New Jersey agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives. As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, and the corporation provided more than $370,000 in 2013 to local nonprofit organizations across New Jersey.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Danny Jovic<br /> 908-252-5164</p> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/e784c76f-4bce-4095-a3ba-c9365138a5be http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/e784c76f-4bce-4095-a3ba-c9365138a5be The Allstate Foundation Invites New Jerseyans to Fill Up Purple Purses: Online Challenge of Five Nonprofits in New Jersey Will Raise Funds for Domestic Violence Services Purple Purse Challenge helps kick off program to build awareness about domestic violence and financial abuse<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>It is the least talked about part of domestic violence&mdash;financial abuse. In an endeavor to raise money for nonprofits that provide domestic violence and economic empowerment services, The Allstate Foundation has built a program to help organizations across the country raise money and build awareness for their efforts. In New Jersey, five nonprofit organizations have signed on to participate in the Challenge and are joined by nearly 140 participating nonprofits from around the country. The Allstate Foundation will contribute nearly $650,000 to the Purple Purse Challenge in incentive funding and direct grants to the participating organizations.</p> <p>The Purple Purse Challenge launched this week and will last through Oct. 3, 2014. Anyone interested in giving to participating organizations can donate at <a href="http://www.Crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge" target="_blank">www.Crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>.</p> <p>The more donations each nonprofit collects, the more incentive funding the organization can compete for the opportunity to win from The Allstate Foundation.</p> <p>Participating nonprofits from New Jersey include:</p> <ul> <li>New Jersey Association on Correction <a href="http://www.njaconline.org" target="_blank">www.njaconline.org</a></li> <li>YWCA of Eastern Union County <a href="http://www.ywca-euc.org/" target="_blank">http://www.ywca-euc.org/</a></li> <li>Resource Center of Somerset, Inc <a href="http://www.resourcecenterofsomerset.org/" target="_blank">http://www.resourcecenterofsomerset.org/</a></li> <li>Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates <a href="http://supportsofia.org/" target="_blank">http://supportsofia.org/</a></li> <li>Jersey Battered Women's Service <a href="http://jbws.org/" target="_blank">http://jbws.org/</a></li> </ul> <p>"Two-thirds of Americans believe that domestic violence is a serious problem, yet just over 1 in 3 have ever talked about it. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse aims to make it easy to talk about this difficult topic," said David Basile, an Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company Exclusive Agent. "We believe by increasing awareness in New Jersey we can create momentum into October, which is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and is a part of Allstate Foundation Purple Purse that aims to educate the public on the role financial abuse has in trapping women in abusive relationships."</p> <p><a href="http://agents.allstate.com/david-basile-middlesex-nj.html" target="_blank">Basile</a> has partnered with the Resource Center of Somerset, Inc to raise awareness about the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse program. His agencies are located at 540 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex, N.J. and 3146 Rt. 27, Unit 101, Kendall Park, N.J.</p> <p>As a part of this year's program, limited-edition purple purses, designed for Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, will be distributed among community leaders, Purple Purse Challenge participants, celebrities and media to raise awareness for this important cause. The purple purse represents the center of a woman's financial domain and purple is the color of national domestic violence awareness.</p> <p>Donors who give to a nonprofit participant in the Challenge from Sept. 2 through Oct. 3 will be entered in a weekly drawing to win one of the exclusive purses. Additionally, The Allstate Foundation is giving the opportunity for one lucky person and a guest to travel to New York City for the unveiling of the purse design at an exclusive event on Sept. 15. For full rules and details please visit <a href="http://www.CrowdRise.com/PurplePurseChallenge" target="_blank">www.CrowdRise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation is also distributing 80,000 Purple Purse charms through Purple Purse Challenge participants and Allstate agency owners to attach to a bag or purse to show support year-round. The charms are outfitted with a story of a survivor who overcame abuse through financial empowerment.</p> <p>Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program has empowered domestic violence survivors with resources, knowledge and skills they need to achieve financial empowerment and life free from abuse. Since its inception, the program has helped nearly 400,000 domestic violence survivors leave abusive relationships through financial education, job training and readiness, and microenterprise programs.</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 Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company</strong><br /> Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company services more than 450,000 households throughout New Jersey. Widely known by its slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;," Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate New Jersey agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives. As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, and the corporation provided more than $370,000 in 2013 to local nonprofit organizations across New Jersey.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Danny Jovic<br /> 908-252-5164</p> Allstate Protect It or Lose It Tour on the Move in Philadelphia National campaign travels to 10 cities to educate people about protecting everyday items<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 1 Related Document, 4 Photos</strong><p>Nearly all homeowners (90 percent) are concerned about protecting their homes, yet haven't valued their possessions in years &ndash; let alone documented what they have, according to a new Allstate survey of homeowners.&nbsp; And while the majority of homeowners say they know the value of their big-ticket items like TVs and stereos, most forget about things like home d&eacute;cor, area rugs and appliances, not to mention mundane possessions like bedding and bath towels, according to a recent survey from Allstate. Additionally, in the Northeast Region, only 24 percent of respondents were aware of the replacement value of their clothing.</p> <p>To help homeowners prepare, Allstate is launching the "Protect It Or Lose It" tour to remind people about the importance of knowing the value of <span style="text-decoration: underline;">all</span> of their belongings &ndash; even the smaller things that can add up to financial losses.</p> <p>The tour will visit the Greater Philadelphia Fall Home Show, from Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7. The event runs from 11a.m. - 9p.m. on Friday, 10a.m. - 9p.m. on Saturday and 10a.m. - 6p.m. on Sunday. Each event includes a live game show, digital games, fun photo opportunities and the chance to win exciting prizes.</p> <p>"The Allstate Protect It Or Lose It tour is an engaging way to drive home the point that accurately valuing your possessions can save you headaches in the long run," says Allstate spokeswoman Tracey King. "Allstate is committed to educating people about steps that can be taken before an unexpected loss strikes, and providing the tools to help homeowners prepare."</p> <p><strong>Local Worries</strong><br /> Northeast regional homeowner's survey respondents indicated that:</p> <ul> <li>If people could grab one thing from their home, 42 percent said it would be important papers, such as insurance policies and birth certificates.</li> <li>One in four homeowners doesn't know the specifics of their homeowner's policy.</li> <li>Fifty-one percent of homeowners have not documented or assessed the value of their belongings.</li> <li>Less than half (48 percent) of homeowners know their current coverage amount in the event of a total structural loss to their home.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Generational Gaps</strong></p> <ul> <li>In addition, Millennials are more likely to value their possessions every one to two years (at least the more expensive ones), but are less informed about what kind of protection they have.&nbsp; Less than half (47%) know their minimum deductible and fewer still (40%) know any details about their current coverage.</li> <li>Older homeowners, on the other hand, are more aware of the value of typical household items but are most likely not to have documented anything (56%).</li> </ul> <p>Many homeowners could lose-out when they file claims if they do not know the full extent of their losses. As summer weather heats up and vacation travel season is in full swing, it's important to note the top five most common causes of homeowner insurance claims in Pennsylvania, according to Allstate:</p> <ul> <li>Water (Includes Air-Conditioning Leakage, Etc.)</li> <li>Windstorm, Hail</li> <li>Theft (On-Premises)</li> <li>Fire (Hostile)</li> <li>Sewer/Water Backup Losses</li> </ul> <p>For homeowners across America, everyone has the chance to get a lesson in protecting their belongings via an <a href="http://www.protectitorloseit.com">online game</a> that challenges players to protect everyday items as well as valuables. To advance to the next level, players learn the importance of remembering to protect everything from kitchen utensils to appliances to artwork along the way. Daily sweepstakes prizes are awarded from July 15 to October 15, with a $5,000 grand prize.</p> <p>To learn more and view the complete rules for the Protect It Or Lose It sweepstakes, visit <a href="http://www.ProtectItOrLoseIt.com">www.ProtectItOrLoseIt.com</a> and get tips to ensure your family is protected in the event of a loss.</p> <p><strong>About the Survey</strong><br /> The Allstate Homeowners Survey was conducted online by Impulse Research in June 2014.&nbsp; Survey recipients represent a random sample of 1062 men and women, 18+ who are homeowners (condominium and townhome-owners were excluded from the survey), all members of the Impulse Research proprietary online panel. The Impulse Research proprietary online panel has been carefully selected to closely match US population demographics and the respondents are representative of American men and women 18+. The overall sampling error rate for this survey is +/-3% at the 95% rate of confidence. The geographical spread used within the survey is broken into five regions according to Impulse Research policy.</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 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:</strong></p> <p>Amy Hirth<br /> (847) 946-7568<br /> <a href="mailto:ahirt@allstate.com">ahirt@allstate.com</a></p> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:14:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4e5b979f-6cba-477d-b9dd-2c7774790bcd http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4e5b979f-6cba-477d-b9dd-2c7774790bcd Allstate Protect It or Lose It Tour on the Move in Philadelphia National campaign travels to 10 cities to educate people about protecting everyday items<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 1 Related Document, 4 Photos</strong><p>Nearly all homeowners (90 percent) are concerned about protecting their homes, yet haven't valued their possessions in years &ndash; let alone documented what they have, according to a new Allstate survey of homeowners.&nbsp; And while the majority of homeowners say they know the value of their big-ticket items like TVs and stereos, most forget about things like home d&eacute;cor, area rugs and appliances, not to mention mundane possessions like bedding and bath towels, according to a recent survey from Allstate. Additionally, in the Northeast Region, only 24 percent of respondents were aware of the replacement value of their clothing.</p> <p>To help homeowners prepare, Allstate is launching the "Protect It Or Lose It" tour to remind people about the importance of knowing the value of <span style="text-decoration: underline;">all</span> of their belongings &ndash; even the smaller things that can add up to financial losses.</p> <p>The tour will visit the Greater Philadelphia Fall Home Show, from Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7. The event runs from 11a.m. - 9p.m. on Friday, 10a.m. - 9p.m. on Saturday and 10a.m. - 6p.m. on Sunday. Each event includes a live game show, digital games, fun photo opportunities and the chance to win exciting prizes.</p> <p>"The Allstate Protect It Or Lose It tour is an engaging way to drive home the point that accurately valuing your possessions can save you headaches in the long run," says Allstate spokeswoman Tracey King. "Allstate is committed to educating people about steps that can be taken before an unexpected loss strikes, and providing the tools to help homeowners prepare."</p> <p><strong>Local Worries</strong><br /> Northeast regional homeowner's survey respondents indicated that:</p> <ul> <li>If people could grab one thing from their home, 42 percent said it would be important papers, such as insurance policies and birth certificates.</li> <li>One in four homeowners doesn't know the specifics of their homeowner's policy.</li> <li>Fifty-one percent of homeowners have not documented or assessed the value of their belongings.</li> <li>Less than half (48 percent) of homeowners know their current coverage amount in the event of a total structural loss to their home.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Generational Gaps</strong></p> <ul> <li>In addition, Millennials are more likely to value their possessions every one to two years (at least the more expensive ones), but are less informed about what kind of protection they have.&nbsp; Less than half (47%) know their minimum deductible and fewer still (40%) know any details about their current coverage.</li> <li>Older homeowners, on the other hand, are more aware of the value of typical household items but are most likely not to have documented anything (56%).</li> </ul> <p>Many homeowners could lose-out when they file claims if they do not know the full extent of their losses. As summer weather heats up and vacation travel season is in full swing, it's important to note the top five most common causes of homeowner insurance claims in Pennsylvania, according to Allstate:</p> <ul> <li>Water (Includes Air-Conditioning Leakage, Etc.)</li> <li>Windstorm, Hail</li> <li>Theft (On-Premises)</li> <li>Fire (Hostile)</li> <li>Sewer/Water Backup Losses</li> </ul> <p>For homeowners across America, everyone has the chance to get a lesson in protecting their belongings via an <a href="http://www.protectitorloseit.com">online game</a> that challenges players to protect everyday items as well as valuables. To advance to the next level, players learn the importance of remembering to protect everything from kitchen utensils to appliances to artwork along the way. Daily sweepstakes prizes are awarded from July 15 to October 15, with a $5,000 grand prize.</p> <p>To learn more and view the complete rules for the Protect It Or Lose It sweepstakes, visit <a href="http://www.ProtectItOrLoseIt.com">www.ProtectItOrLoseIt.com</a> and get tips to ensure your family is protected in the event of a loss.</p> <p><strong>About the Survey</strong><br /> The Allstate Homeowners Survey was conducted online by Impulse Research in June 2014.&nbsp; Survey recipients represent a random sample of 1062 men and women, 18+ who are homeowners (condominium and townhome-owners were excluded from the survey), all members of the Impulse Research proprietary online panel. The Impulse Research proprietary online panel has been carefully selected to closely match US population demographics and the respondents are representative of American men and women 18+. The overall sampling error rate for this survey is +/-3% at the 95% rate of confidence. The geographical spread used within the survey is broken into five regions according to Impulse Research policy.</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 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:</strong></p> <p>Amy Hirth<br /> (847) 946-7568<br /> <a href="mailto:ahirt@allstate.com">ahirt@allstate.com</a></p> Paterson, Newark and Jersey City Roads Among Most Dangerous in Country on 10th Annual ‘Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™’ Drivers in Three New Jersey Cities Surpass National Average of Collision Every 10 Years<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; and Paterson is the most dangerous city for drivers in New Jersey, 17th most dangerous nationally, in terms of car collision frequency. Newark and Jersey City roads were also some of the least safe driving cities in the country. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Paterson will experience an auto collision every 6.9 years, which is almost 45 percent more likely than the national average of one collision every 10 years. Newark landed at 20th worst overall. Newark drivers get into a car crash once every 7.2 years and are just under 40 percent more likely to crash than the average.</p> <p>Worcester, Mass. has the country&rsquo;s least safe roads. Drivers in Worcester get into a car crash every 4.3 years on average.</p> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in Paterson to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Paterson to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Danny Jovic, Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company Spokesperson. &ldquo;Our goal with this report is to make cities that fall on the bottom of the list safer places to live and raise families.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how cities in the Garden State finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Paterson (184)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>44.6%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>6.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Newark (180)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>39.6%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Jersey City (152)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>28.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.8</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</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&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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><strong>About Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company<br /> </strong>Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company services more than 450,000 households throughout New Jersey. Widely known by its slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;,&rdquo; Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate New Jersey agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives. As part of Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, and the corporation provided more than $370,000 in 2013 to local nonprofit organizations across New Jersey.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Danny Jovic<br /> 908-252-5164</p> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:04:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/46e64037-ff08-448a-81f0-b2f23ffc6e83 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/46e64037-ff08-448a-81f0-b2f23ffc6e83 Paterson, Newark and Jersey City Roads Among Most Dangerous in Country on 10th Annual ‘Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™’ Drivers in Three New Jersey Cities Surpass National Average of Collision Every 10 Years<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; and Paterson is the most dangerous city for drivers in New Jersey, 17th most dangerous nationally, in terms of car collision frequency. Newark and Jersey City roads were also some of the least safe driving cities in the country. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Paterson will experience an auto collision every 6.9 years, which is almost 45 percent more likely than the national average of one collision every 10 years. Newark landed at 20th worst overall. Newark drivers get into a car crash once every 7.2 years and are just under 40 percent more likely to crash than the average.</p> <p>Worcester, Mass. has the country&rsquo;s least safe roads. Drivers in Worcester get into a car crash every 4.3 years on average.</p> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in Paterson to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Paterson to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Danny Jovic, Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company Spokesperson. &ldquo;Our goal with this report is to make cities that fall on the bottom of the list safer places to live and raise families.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how cities in the Garden State finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Paterson (184)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>44.6%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>6.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Newark (180)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>39.6%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Jersey City (152)</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>28.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.8</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report</strong> <br /> According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.&nbsp;</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&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life&rsquo;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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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><strong>About Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company<br /> </strong>Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company services more than 450,000 households throughout New Jersey. Widely known by its slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;,&rdquo; Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate New Jersey agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives. As part of Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, and the corporation provided more than $370,000 in 2013 to local nonprofit organizations across New Jersey.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Danny Jovic<br /> 908-252-5164</p> Four Financial Tips to Navigate Major Life Changes Colorado Residents Offered Insurance Needs Analysis from Allstate<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Families across Colorado welcomed more than 65,000 newborns in 2013.<sup><em>1</em></sup></p> <p>&ldquo;A new baby or other changes in your personal financial situation can increase your need for a financial safety net,&rdquo; said Jason Woodard, Allstate Financial Specialist. &ldquo;You should consider taking financial action if you&rsquo;ve just had a baby, married, divorced, purchased a home, retired or inherited assets. For example, any one of these life changes probably means you are overdue for an insurance &lsquo;needs analysis.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>Here are four financial tips for navigating dramatic life changes, whether caused by a baby or another (and maybe, quieter) major life event:</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Seek advice. </em></strong>An experienced parent can tell you how to install a car seat or reassure you that crying due to colic will go away &ldquo;soon.&rdquo; Similarly, don&rsquo;t be shy about researching the near- and long-term considerations involved with your new bundle of joy&hellip;or spouse or retirement. </li> <li><strong><em>Learn the lingo.</em></strong> The Internet has a wealth of information on a variety of financial topics. You can find definitions of basic terms and concepts by visiting not-for-profit organization websites, such as the Financial Planners Association (<a href="http://www.plannersearch.org/life-events">www.plannersearch.org/life-events</a>) or LIFE Foundation (<a href="http://www.lifehappens.org/insurance-overview">www.lifehappens.org/insurance-overview</a>), as well as financial dictionaries such as Investopedia (<a href="http://www.Investopedia.com">www.Investopedia.com</a>).</li> <li><strong><em>Take advantage of online tools.</em></strong> For example, check out the life insurance self-assessment at <a href="http://www.myallstatefinancial.net">www.myallstatefinancial.net</a> to learn more about life insurance in light of significant life events, such as a change in marital status, milestone birthday, buying a home or expanding your family. Try the <a href="http://www.myallstatefinancial.com/tools-and-resources/how-much-life-insurance-calculator.aspx">How much life insurance do I need?</a> calculator to get an idea of how much coverage you&rsquo;d need to protect your family's way of life if something were to happen to you. </li> <li><strong><em>Call on someone knowledgeable. </em></strong>For complex financial decisions, it&rsquo;s often very reassuring to consult someone knowledgeable in person. Rather than the one-size-fits-all information you&rsquo;ll find online, a real live human being can tailor information and product recommendations to your personal situation and concerns. </li> </ul> <p>Prompted by September&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.lifehappens.org/life-insurance-awareness-month/">Life Insurance Awareness Month</a>, Allstate agents and personal financial representatives are offering a complimentary insurance needs analysis. They will ask questions about your personal situation and goals to help you assess your insurance needs. For example:</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Your risk profile. </em></strong>Based on your income coming in, expenses going out, and savings, do you have risks that would be difficult or impossible for you to cope with financially? These risks could include death, a serious injury or sickness, a car crash or home fire.</li> <li><strong><em>Your safety net. </em></strong>Are you likely to be able to improve your financial situation by paying down debt, changing your spending habits or increasing your emergency cash fund? Are you single, divorced or married? Double income or single income? How stable is your employment situation? Do you have life insurance through work?</li> <li><strong><em>Your needs. </em></strong>What are your needs over the next few years and in the long term? Do you want to fund college, vacations and/or retirement? Is it important for you to provide for elderly parents or leave a legacy to your adult children? </li> <li><strong><em>Your wants. </em></strong>What are your dreams? A second house, a round-the-world trip, starting a business?</li> </ul> <p>The answers to these questions can help you determine whether you need life insurance &ndash; or more life insurance &ndash; as well as what type and how much to buy. Click on <a href="http://allstateagencies.com/agentlocator/searchpage.aspx">http://allstateagencies.com/agentlocator/searchpage.aspx</a> to find an Allstate agency near you.</p> <p>Finally, it&rsquo;s easy to procrastinate on major financial decisions. When you respond to major life changes by taking financial action, don&rsquo;t forget to reward yourself, whether that means a nice restaurant dinner or a peaceful hike in the woods. (That new baby will enjoy hiking, too.)</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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>Life insurance is issued by Allstate Life Insurance Company, Northbrook, Ill.; Lincoln Benefit Life Company, Lincoln, Neb.; American Heritage Life, Jacksonville, Fla.; and in New York, by Allstate Life Insurance Company of New York, Hauppauge, N.Y.</p> <p><em><sup>1</sup> Provisional data from the National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Stephanie Howell<br /> <a href="mailto:Stephanie.Howell@allstate.com">Stephanie.Howell@allstate.com</a><br /> 303-779-3791</p> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:39:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/e9f70c47-f744-4ab2-af6b-897ec2574623 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/e9f70c47-f744-4ab2-af6b-897ec2574623 Four Financial Tips to Navigate Major Life Changes Colorado Residents Offered Insurance Needs Analysis from Allstate<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Families across Colorado welcomed more than 65,000 newborns in 2013.<sup><em>1</em></sup></p> <p>&ldquo;A new baby or other changes in your personal financial situation can increase your need for a financial safety net,&rdquo; said Jason Woodard, Allstate Financial Specialist. &ldquo;You should consider taking financial action if you&rsquo;ve just had a baby, married, divorced, purchased a home, retired or inherited assets. For example, any one of these life changes probably means you are overdue for an insurance &lsquo;needs analysis.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>Here are four financial tips for navigating dramatic life changes, whether caused by a baby or another (and maybe, quieter) major life event:</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Seek advice. </em></strong>An experienced parent can tell you how to install a car seat or reassure you that crying due to colic will go away &ldquo;soon.&rdquo; Similarly, don&rsquo;t be shy about researching the near- and long-term considerations involved with your new bundle of joy&hellip;or spouse or retirement. </li> <li><strong><em>Learn the lingo.</em></strong> The Internet has a wealth of information on a variety of financial topics. You can find definitions of basic terms and concepts by visiting not-for-profit organization websites, such as the Financial Planners Association (<a href="http://www.plannersearch.org/life-events">www.plannersearch.org/life-events</a>) or LIFE Foundation (<a href="http://www.lifehappens.org/insurance-overview">www.lifehappens.org/insurance-overview</a>), as well as financial dictionaries such as Investopedia (<a href="http://www.Investopedia.com">www.Investopedia.com</a>).</li> <li><strong><em>Take advantage of online tools.</em></strong> For example, check out the life insurance self-assessment at <a href="http://www.myallstatefinancial.net">www.myallstatefinancial.net</a> to learn more about life insurance in light of significant life events, such as a change in marital status, milestone birthday, buying a home or expanding your family. Try the <a href="http://www.myallstatefinancial.com/tools-and-resources/how-much-life-insurance-calculator.aspx">How much life insurance do I need?</a> calculator to get an idea of how much coverage you&rsquo;d need to protect your family's way of life if something were to happen to you. </li> <li><strong><em>Call on someone knowledgeable. </em></strong>For complex financial decisions, it&rsquo;s often very reassuring to consult someone knowledgeable in person. Rather than the one-size-fits-all information you&rsquo;ll find online, a real live human being can tailor information and product recommendations to your personal situation and concerns. </li> </ul> <p>Prompted by September&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.lifehappens.org/life-insurance-awareness-month/">Life Insurance Awareness Month</a>, Allstate agents and personal financial representatives are offering a complimentary insurance needs analysis. They will ask questions about your personal situation and goals to help you assess your insurance needs. For example:</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Your risk profile. </em></strong>Based on your income coming in, expenses going out, and savings, do you have risks that would be difficult or impossible for you to cope with financially? These risks could include death, a serious injury or sickness, a car crash or home fire.</li> <li><strong><em>Your safety net. </em></strong>Are you likely to be able to improve your financial situation by paying down debt, changing your spending habits or increasing your emergency cash fund? Are you single, divorced or married? Double income or single income? How stable is your employment situation? Do you have life insurance through work?</li> <li><strong><em>Your needs. </em></strong>What are your needs over the next few years and in the long term? Do you want to fund college, vacations and/or retirement? Is it important for you to provide for elderly parents or leave a legacy to your adult children? </li> <li><strong><em>Your wants. </em></strong>What are your dreams? A second house, a round-the-world trip, starting a business?</li> </ul> <p>The answers to these questions can help you determine whether you need life insurance &ndash; or more life insurance &ndash; as well as what type and how much to buy. Click on <a href="http://allstateagencies.com/agentlocator/searchpage.aspx">http://allstateagencies.com/agentlocator/searchpage.aspx</a> to find an Allstate agency near you.</p> <p>Finally, it&rsquo;s easy to procrastinate on major financial decisions. When you respond to major life changes by taking financial action, don&rsquo;t forget to reward yourself, whether that means a nice restaurant dinner or a peaceful hike in the woods. (That new baby will enjoy hiking, too.)</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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>Life insurance is issued by Allstate Life Insurance Company, Northbrook, Ill.; Lincoln Benefit Life Company, Lincoln, Neb.; American Heritage Life, Jacksonville, Fla.; and in New York, by Allstate Life Insurance Company of New York, Hauppauge, N.Y.</p> <p><em><sup>1</sup> Provisional data from the National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Stephanie Howell<br /> <a href="mailto:Stephanie.Howell@allstate.com">Stephanie.Howell@allstate.com</a><br /> 303-779-3791</p> New Baby, New House, New Marriage? <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/15ed/75fd/15ed75fd-a554-4b8b-8348-85d48ab2af6c-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> New Baby, New House, New Marriage? Wed, 03 Sep 2014 08:59:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/new-baby-new-house-new-marriage http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/new-baby-new-house-new-marriage New Baby, New House, New Marriage? <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/15ed/75fd/15ed75fd-a554-4b8b-8348-85d48ab2af6c-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> New Baby, New House, New Marriage? New Baby, New House, New Marriage? It's the Perfect Time for an Insurance Needs Analysis from Allstate <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>More newborns arrived in August 2013 than in any other month of that year.<sup>1</sup></p> <p>For families with new babies arriving in August &ndash; or any other month &ndash; it's a good time to consider life insurance. The birth of a child and other life events motivated 41 percent of adults surveyed to begin shopping for life insurance, according to LIMRA, a life insurance research group. Other life events include adopting a child, marriage, divorce, purchasing a house, retiring, inheriting substantial assets, and the death of a relative or close friend.</p> <p>"Life events often cause us to think carefully about how to protect what matters most to us. There isn't a one-size-fits-all solution to address the needs that arise as our lives change," said Don Civgin, president and chief financial officer, Allstate Financial. "That's why Allstate recommends taking the time to work through a &lsquo;needs analysis' that will help you develop a plan that meets your long-term financial objectives and addresses your life insurance needs."</p> <p>Prompted by September's <a href="http://www.lifehappens.org/life-insurance-awareness-month/" target="_blank">Life Insurance Awareness Month</a>, Allstate agents and exclusive financial specialists are offering a complimentary insurance needs analysis. They will ask questions about your personal situation and goals to help you assess your insurance needs. For example:</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Your risk profile. </em></strong>Based on your income coming in, expenses going out, and savings, do you have risks that would be difficult or impossible for you to cope with financially? These risks could include death, a serious injury or sickness, a car crash or home fire. </li> <li><strong><em>Your safety net. </em></strong>Are you likely to be able to improve your financial situation by paying down debt, changing your spending habits or increasing your emergency cash fund? Are you single, divorced or married? Double income or single income? How stable is your employment situation? Do you have life insurance through work?</li> <li><strong><em>Your needs. </em></strong>What are your needs over the next few years and in the long term? Do you want to fund college, vacations and/or retirement? Is it important for you to provide for elderly parents or leave a legacy to your adult children? </li> <li><strong><em>Your wants. </em></strong>What are your dreams? A second house, a round-the-world trip, starting a business?</li> </ul> <p>The answers to these questions can help you determine whether you need life insurance &ndash; or more life insurance &ndash; as well as what type and how much to buy. Life insurance can help you meet your financial needs in four ways:</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Immediate expenses. </em></strong>The insurance's death benefit can help cover unpaid medical bills and funeral expenses.</li> <li><strong><em>Ongoing needs. </em></strong>Life insurance can help replace your income, pay off the car, and enable your family to make the mortgage or rent payments if you pass away. </li> <li><strong><em>Future big expenses. </em></strong>Life insurance may help cover the future cost of a child's college tuition, or fund day-to-day living expenses for your children or parents. </li> <li><strong><em>Your overall financial situation. </em></strong>Some life insurance products are employed as part of an estate plan, as a source of retirement income or to pay estate taxes.</li> </ul> <p>"Life is full of uncertainty. How we plan for the unexpected can impact the people that matter the most in our lives," Civgin said. "Life insurance &ndash; like any type of insurance &ndash; helps protect you and those around you so that you can feel more secure about your future."</p> <p>For more information:</p> <ul> <li>Take a life insurance self-assessment at <a href="http://www.myallstatefinancial.net" target="_blank">www.myallstatefinancial.net</a> to learn more about life insurance in light of significant life events, such as a change in marital status, milestone birthday, buying a home or expanding your family. </li> <li>Visit <a href="http://www.myallstatefinancial.com/life-insurance.aspx" target="_blank">www.myallstatefinancial.com/life-insurance.aspx</a> for general information about life insurance. </li> <li>Click on <a href="http://allstateagencies.com/agentlocator/searchpage.aspx" target="_blank">http://allstateagencies.com/agentlocator/searchpage.aspx</a> to find an Allstate agency near you.&nbsp; </li> </ul> <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 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 and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">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" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>Life insurance is issued by Allstate Life Insurance Company, Northbrook, Ill.; Lincoln Benefit Life Company, Lincoln, Neb.; American Heritage Life, Jacksonville, Fla.; and in New York, by Allstate Life Insurance Company of New York, Hauppauge, N.Y.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><em><sup>1</sup> Provisional data from the National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 08:58:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/3a38b807-b296-4670-826c-1a33190e7b7e http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/3a38b807-b296-4670-826c-1a33190e7b7e New Baby, New House, New Marriage? It's the Perfect Time for an Insurance Needs Analysis from Allstate <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>More newborns arrived in August 2013 than in any other month of that year.<sup>1</sup></p> <p>For families with new babies arriving in August &ndash; or any other month &ndash; it's a good time to consider life insurance. The birth of a child and other life events motivated 41 percent of adults surveyed to begin shopping for life insurance, according to LIMRA, a life insurance research group. Other life events include adopting a child, marriage, divorce, purchasing a house, retiring, inheriting substantial assets, and the death of a relative or close friend.</p> <p>"Life events often cause us to think carefully about how to protect what matters most to us. There isn't a one-size-fits-all solution to address the needs that arise as our lives change," said Don Civgin, president and chief financial officer, Allstate Financial. "That's why Allstate recommends taking the time to work through a &lsquo;needs analysis' that will help you develop a plan that meets your long-term financial objectives and addresses your life insurance needs."</p> <p>Prompted by September's <a href="http://www.lifehappens.org/life-insurance-awareness-month/" target="_blank">Life Insurance Awareness Month</a>, Allstate agents and exclusive financial specialists are offering a complimentary insurance needs analysis. They will ask questions about your personal situation and goals to help you assess your insurance needs. For example:</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Your risk profile. </em></strong>Based on your income coming in, expenses going out, and savings, do you have risks that would be difficult or impossible for you to cope with financially? These risks could include death, a serious injury or sickness, a car crash or home fire. </li> <li><strong><em>Your safety net. </em></strong>Are you likely to be able to improve your financial situation by paying down debt, changing your spending habits or increasing your emergency cash fund? Are you single, divorced or married? Double income or single income? How stable is your employment situation? Do you have life insurance through work?</li> <li><strong><em>Your needs. </em></strong>What are your needs over the next few years and in the long term? Do you want to fund college, vacations and/or retirement? Is it important for you to provide for elderly parents or leave a legacy to your adult children? </li> <li><strong><em>Your wants. </em></strong>What are your dreams? A second house, a round-the-world trip, starting a business?</li> </ul> <p>The answers to these questions can help you determine whether you need life insurance &ndash; or more life insurance &ndash; as well as what type and how much to buy. Life insurance can help you meet your financial needs in four ways:</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Immediate expenses. </em></strong>The insurance's death benefit can help cover unpaid medical bills and funeral expenses.</li> <li><strong><em>Ongoing needs. </em></strong>Life insurance can help replace your income, pay off the car, and enable your family to make the mortgage or rent payments if you pass away. </li> <li><strong><em>Future big expenses. </em></strong>Life insurance may help cover the future cost of a child's college tuition, or fund day-to-day living expenses for your children or parents. </li> <li><strong><em>Your overall financial situation. </em></strong>Some life insurance products are employed as part of an estate plan, as a source of retirement income or to pay estate taxes.</li> </ul> <p>"Life is full of uncertainty. How we plan for the unexpected can impact the people that matter the most in our lives," Civgin said. "Life insurance &ndash; like any type of insurance &ndash; helps protect you and those around you so that you can feel more secure about your future."</p> <p>For more information:</p> <ul> <li>Take a life insurance self-assessment at <a href="http://www.myallstatefinancial.net" target="_blank">www.myallstatefinancial.net</a> to learn more about life insurance in light of significant life events, such as a change in marital status, milestone birthday, buying a home or expanding your family. </li> <li>Visit <a href="http://www.myallstatefinancial.com/life-insurance.aspx" target="_blank">www.myallstatefinancial.com/life-insurance.aspx</a> for general information about life insurance. </li> <li>Click on <a href="http://allstateagencies.com/agentlocator/searchpage.aspx" target="_blank">http://allstateagencies.com/agentlocator/searchpage.aspx</a> to find an Allstate agency near you.&nbsp; </li> </ul> <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 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 and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">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" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>Life insurance is issued by Allstate Life Insurance Company, Northbrook, Ill.; Lincoln Benefit Life Company, Lincoln, Neb.; American Heritage Life, Jacksonville, Fla.; and in New York, by Allstate Life Insurance Company of New York, Hauppauge, N.Y.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><em><sup>1</sup> Provisional data from the National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</em></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> The Allstate Foundation Invites Public to Fill Up Purple Purses: Online Challenge of 140 Nonprofits Will Raise Funds for Domestic Violence Services Purple Purse Challenge helps kick off national program to build awareness about domestic violence and financial abuse<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>It is the least talked about part of domestic violence&mdash;financial abuse. In an endeavor to raise money for nonprofits that provide domestic violence and economic empowerment services, The Allstate Foundation has built a program to help organizations across the country raise money and build awareness for their efforts. In addition to providing the social platform for a national fund-raising effort on Crowdrise.com/PurplePurse, The Allstate Foundation will contribute nearly $650,000 to the Purple Purse Challenge in incentive funding and direct grants to the participating organizations.</p> <p>The Purple Purse Challenge launches on Sept. 2, 2014 and will last through Oct. 3, 2014. Anyone interested in giving to participating organizations can donate at <a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge"> www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>. The more donations each nonprofit collects, the more incentive funding the organization can compete for the opportunity to win from The Allstate Foundation.</p> <p>"Nearly 10,000 requests for help from domestic violence victims go unanswered on an average day due to a lack of funding for victim services," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "No victim should be turned away when they seek services for themselves and for their children. The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge will make sure more survivors get financial education services, and more families get safe and stay safe from abuse."</p> <p>The Purple Purse Challenge creates momentum into October, which is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and is a part of Allstate Foundation Purple Purse that aims to educate the public on the role financial abuse has in trapping women in abusive relationships.</p> <p>As a part of this year's program, limited-edition purple purses, designed for Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, will be distributed among community leaders, Purple Purse Challenge participants, celebrities and media to raise awareness for this important cause. The purple purse represents the center of a woman's financial domain and purple is the color of national domestic violence awareness.</p> <p>Donors who give to a nonprofit participant in the Challenge from Sept. 2 through Oct. 3 will be entered in a weekly drawing to win one of the exclusive purses. Additionally, The Allstate Foundation is giving the opportunity for one lucky person and a guest to travel to New York City for the unveiling of the purse design at an exclusive event on Sept. 15. For full rules and details please visit <a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge"> www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation is also distributing 80,000 Purple Purse charms through Purple Purse Challenge participants and Allstate agency owners to attach to a bag or purse to show support year-round. The charms are outfitted with a story of a survivor who overcame abuse through financial empowerment.</p> <p>Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program has empowered domestic violence survivors with resources, knowledge and skills they need to achieve financial empowerment and life free from abuse. Since its inception, the program has helped nearly 400,000 domestic violence survivors leave abusive relationships through financial education, job training and readiness, and microenterprise programs.</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">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&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> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:14:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/3ac67ad4-c7f2-44c5-8d55-0996564f9cd2 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/3ac67ad4-c7f2-44c5-8d55-0996564f9cd2 The Allstate Foundation Invites Public to Fill Up Purple Purses: Online Challenge of 140 Nonprofits Will Raise Funds for Domestic Violence Services Purple Purse Challenge helps kick off national program to build awareness about domestic violence and financial abuse<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>It is the least talked about part of domestic violence&mdash;financial abuse. In an endeavor to raise money for nonprofits that provide domestic violence and economic empowerment services, The Allstate Foundation has built a program to help organizations across the country raise money and build awareness for their efforts. In addition to providing the social platform for a national fund-raising effort on Crowdrise.com/PurplePurse, The Allstate Foundation will contribute nearly $650,000 to the Purple Purse Challenge in incentive funding and direct grants to the participating organizations.</p> <p>The Purple Purse Challenge launches on Sept. 2, 2014 and will last through Oct. 3, 2014. Anyone interested in giving to participating organizations can donate at <a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge"> www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>. The more donations each nonprofit collects, the more incentive funding the organization can compete for the opportunity to win from The Allstate Foundation.</p> <p>"Nearly 10,000 requests for help from domestic violence victims go unanswered on an average day due to a lack of funding for victim services," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "No victim should be turned away when they seek services for themselves and for their children. The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge will make sure more survivors get financial education services, and more families get safe and stay safe from abuse."</p> <p>The Purple Purse Challenge creates momentum into October, which is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and is a part of Allstate Foundation Purple Purse that aims to educate the public on the role financial abuse has in trapping women in abusive relationships.</p> <p>As a part of this year's program, limited-edition purple purses, designed for Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, will be distributed among community leaders, Purple Purse Challenge participants, celebrities and media to raise awareness for this important cause. The purple purse represents the center of a woman's financial domain and purple is the color of national domestic violence awareness.</p> <p>Donors who give to a nonprofit participant in the Challenge from Sept. 2 through Oct. 3 will be entered in a weekly drawing to win one of the exclusive purses. Additionally, The Allstate Foundation is giving the opportunity for one lucky person and a guest to travel to New York City for the unveiling of the purse design at an exclusive event on Sept. 15. For full rules and details please visit <a href="https://www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge"> www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation is also distributing 80,000 Purple Purse charms through Purple Purse Challenge participants and Allstate agency owners to attach to a bag or purse to show support year-round. The charms are outfitted with a story of a survivor who overcame abuse through financial empowerment.</p> <p>Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program has empowered domestic violence survivors with resources, knowledge and skills they need to achieve financial empowerment and life free from abuse. Since its inception, the program has helped nearly 400,000 domestic violence survivors leave abusive relationships through financial education, job training and readiness, and microenterprise programs.</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">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&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> Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Logo <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/d9c6/c60d/d9c6c60d-d3a0-4936-8b49-4f328d01bb66-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Logo Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:08:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-foundation-purple-purse-logo http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-foundation-purple-purse-logo Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Logo <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/d9c6/c60d/d9c6c60d-d3a0-4936-8b49-4f328d01bb66-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Logo Allstate to Present at Barclays Global Financial Services Conference <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL), the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, announced that Thomas J. Wilson, its chairman, president and chief executive officer, will present at the Barclays Global Financial Services Conference at 8:15 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The conference is being held at the New York Hilton Midtown, New York.</p> <p>A webcast of the presentation can be accessed at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. For those unable to hear the live event, a webcast replay will be posted on the investor relations and <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/channels/leadership-executive-speeches/releases">executive speeches</a> sections of the company's website shortly after the presentation ends.</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 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 and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">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.</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; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:55:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d4a01c73-c8dc-44ba-8f3d-bc639a0a4f0c http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d4a01c73-c8dc-44ba-8f3d-bc639a0a4f0c Allstate to Present at Barclays Global Financial Services Conference <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL), the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, announced that Thomas J. Wilson, its chairman, president and chief executive officer, will present at the Barclays Global Financial Services Conference at 8:15 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The conference is being held at the New York Hilton Midtown, New York.</p> <p>A webcast of the presentation can be accessed at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. For those unable to hear the live event, a webcast replay will be posted on the investor relations and <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/channels/leadership-executive-speeches/releases">executive speeches</a> sections of the company's website shortly after the presentation ends.</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 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 and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">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.</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; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops in Chicagoland to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 9 Photos</strong><p>On Friday, Aug. 29, Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides℠" stops-off in Tinley Park on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the "Reality Rides℠" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>In Tinley Park, Reality Rides will visit the 101WKQX PIQNIQ concert at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre from 3-7 p.m.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as Chicagoland Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Brian Cobb, territory sales leader for Allstate's Midwest Region. "The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with Chicagoans."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's 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.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. 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.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent 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.</p> <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><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 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, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners 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:</strong></p> <p>Meghan O'Kelly<br /> 847-778-8673</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:45:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/419e9599-16a6-4a18-94a2-3bb1ee61b999 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/419e9599-16a6-4a18-94a2-3bb1ee61b999 Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops in Chicagoland to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 9 Photos</strong><p>On Friday, Aug. 29, Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides℠" stops-off in Tinley Park on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the "Reality Rides℠" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>In Tinley Park, Reality Rides will visit the 101WKQX PIQNIQ concert at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre from 3-7 p.m.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as Chicagoland Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Brian Cobb, territory sales leader for Allstate's Midwest Region. "The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with Chicagoans."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's 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.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. 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.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent 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.</p> <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><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 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, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners 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:</strong></p> <p>Meghan O'Kelly<br /> 847-778-8673</p> Vancouver Ranks 94th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Vancouver ranked 94th safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Vancouver will experience an auto collision every 9.2 years. Vancouver ranks 106th when population is considered, 81st when population density is considered and 88th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Drivers in Vancouver average 9.2 years between collisions,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We should thank all of our cities best drivers and recognize safe driving skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Washington finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">8.9%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.2</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">28.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.8</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.6</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">36%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.4</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Washington Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">106</td> <td align="center" valign="top">81</td> <td align="center" valign="top">88</td> <td align="center" valign="top">86</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">160</td> <td align="center" valign="top">151</td> <td align="center" valign="top">155</td> <td align="center" valign="top">156</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">84</td> <td align="center" valign="top">58</td> <td align="center" valign="top">76</td> <td align="center" valign="top">73</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">140</td> <td align="center" valign="top">135</td> <td align="center" valign="top">172</td> <td align="center" valign="top">113</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:13:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/39700235-242f-40de-8bbd-faed95c738a2 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/39700235-242f-40de-8bbd-faed95c738a2 Vancouver Ranks 94th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Vancouver ranked 94th safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Vancouver will experience an auto collision every 9.2 years. Vancouver ranks 106th when population is considered, 81st when population density is considered and 88th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Drivers in Vancouver average 9.2 years between collisions,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We should thank all of our cities best drivers and recognize safe driving skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Washington finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">8.9%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.2</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">28.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.8</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.6</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">36%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.4</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Washington Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">106</td> <td align="center" valign="top">81</td> <td align="center" valign="top">88</td> <td align="center" valign="top">86</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">160</td> <td align="center" valign="top">151</td> <td align="center" valign="top">155</td> <td align="center" valign="top">156</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">84</td> <td align="center" valign="top">58</td> <td align="center" valign="top">76</td> <td align="center" valign="top">73</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">140</td> <td align="center" valign="top">135</td> <td align="center" valign="top">172</td> <td align="center" valign="top">113</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tacoma Ranks 153rd Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Tacoma ranked 153rd safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Tacoma will experience an auto collision every 7.8 years. Tacoma ranks 160th when population is considered, 151st when population density is considered and 155th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Drivers in Tacoma are 28.4% more likely to get in an accident that the national average,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in to be discouraged by this ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Spokane to make positive changes to their driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Washington finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">28.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.8</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.6</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">36%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.4</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">8.9%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Washington Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">160</td> <td align="center" valign="top">151</td> <td align="center" valign="top">155</td> <td align="center" valign="top">156</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">84</td> <td align="center" valign="top">58</td> <td align="center" valign="top">76</td> <td align="center" valign="top">73</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">140</td> <td align="center" valign="top">135</td> <td align="center" valign="top">172</td> <td align="center" valign="top">113</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">106</td> <td align="center" valign="top">81</td> <td align="center" valign="top">88</td> <td align="center" valign="top">86</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:08:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/405aa391-d64c-4a65-9be8-a1a108ebcb53 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/405aa391-d64c-4a65-9be8-a1a108ebcb53 Tacoma Ranks 153rd Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Tacoma ranked 153rd safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Tacoma will experience an auto collision every 7.8 years. Tacoma ranks 160th when population is considered, 151st when population density is considered and 155th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Drivers in Tacoma are 28.4% more likely to get in an accident that the national average,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in to be discouraged by this ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Spokane to make positive changes to their driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Washington finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">28.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.8</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.6</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">36%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.4</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">8.9%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Washington Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">160</td> <td align="center" valign="top">151</td> <td align="center" valign="top">155</td> <td align="center" valign="top">156</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">84</td> <td align="center" valign="top">58</td> <td align="center" valign="top">76</td> <td align="center" valign="top">73</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">140</td> <td align="center" valign="top">135</td> <td align="center" valign="top">172</td> <td align="center" valign="top">113</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">106</td> <td align="center" valign="top">81</td> <td align="center" valign="top">88</td> <td align="center" valign="top">86</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Spokane Ranks 71st Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Spokane ranked 71st safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Spokane will experience an auto collision every 9.6 years. Spokane ranks 84th when population is considered, 58th when population density is considered and 76th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Spokane dropped 26 spots from 2013&rsquo;s list where they ranked 45th,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in to be discouraged by this ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Spokane to make positive changes to their driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Washington finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.6</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">36%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.4</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">28.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.8</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">8.9%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Washington Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">84</td> <td align="center" valign="top">58</td> <td align="center" valign="top">76</td> <td align="center" valign="top">73</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">140</td> <td align="center" valign="top">135</td> <td align="center" valign="top">172</td> <td align="center" valign="top">113</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">160</td> <td align="center" valign="top">151</td> <td align="center" valign="top">155</td> <td align="center" valign="top">156</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">106</td> <td align="center" valign="top">81</td> <td align="center" valign="top">88</td> <td align="center" valign="top">86</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:02:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/077397a5-2845-49b6-a5f2-b0838b194d29 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/077397a5-2845-49b6-a5f2-b0838b194d29 Spokane Ranks 71st Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Spokane ranked 71st safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Spokane will experience an auto collision every 9.6 years. Spokane ranks 84th when population is considered, 58th when population density is considered and 76th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Spokane dropped 26 spots from 2013&rsquo;s list where they ranked 45th,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in to be discouraged by this ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Spokane to make positive changes to their driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Washington finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.6</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">36%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.4</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">28.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.8</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">8.9%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Washington Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">84</td> <td align="center" valign="top">58</td> <td align="center" valign="top">76</td> <td align="center" valign="top">73</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">140</td> <td align="center" valign="top">135</td> <td align="center" valign="top">172</td> <td align="center" valign="top">113</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">160</td> <td align="center" valign="top">151</td> <td align="center" valign="top">155</td> <td align="center" valign="top">156</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">106</td> <td align="center" valign="top">81</td> <td align="center" valign="top">88</td> <td align="center" valign="top">86</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Seattle Ranks 173rd Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Seattle ranked 173rd safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Seattle will experience an auto collision every 7.4 years. Seattle ranks 140th when population is considered, 135th when population density is considered and 172nd when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Seattle ranks at 173 out of 200 this year. We don&rsquo;t want drivers to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Seattle to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson.&nbsp; &ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Washington finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">36%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.4</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.6</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">28.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.8</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">8.9%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Washington Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">140</td> <td align="center" valign="top">135</td> <td align="center" valign="top">172</td> <td align="center" valign="top">113</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">84</td> <td align="center" valign="top">58</td> <td align="center" valign="top">76</td> <td align="center" valign="top">73</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">160</td> <td align="center" valign="top">151</td> <td align="center" valign="top">155</td> <td align="center" valign="top">156</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">106</td> <td align="center" valign="top">81</td> <td align="center" valign="top">88</td> <td align="center" valign="top">86</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:57:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/33fa989b-2b17-4050-92b0-f7986bdf664d http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/33fa989b-2b17-4050-92b0-f7986bdf664d Seattle Ranks 173rd Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Seattle ranked 173rd safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Seattle will experience an auto collision every 7.4 years. Seattle ranks 140th when population is considered, 135th when population density is considered and 172nd when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Seattle ranks at 173 out of 200 this year. We don&rsquo;t want drivers to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Seattle to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson.&nbsp; &ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Washington finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">36%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.4</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.6</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">28.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">7.8</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">8.9%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Washington Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>City</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Population Density</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Seattle</td> <td align="center" valign="top">140</td> <td align="center" valign="top">135</td> <td align="center" valign="top">172</td> <td align="center" valign="top">113</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Spokane</td> <td align="center" valign="top">84</td> <td align="center" valign="top">58</td> <td align="center" valign="top">76</td> <td align="center" valign="top">73</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Tacoma</td> <td align="center" valign="top">160</td> <td align="center" valign="top">151</td> <td align="center" valign="top">155</td> <td align="center" valign="top">156</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Vancouver</td> <td align="center" valign="top">106</td> <td align="center" valign="top">81</td> <td align="center" valign="top">88</td> <td align="center" valign="top">86</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Boise Ranks Third Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Boise ranked third safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Boise will experience an auto collision every 14 years. Boise ranks 5th when population is considered, 2nd when population density is considered and 5th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Boise fell one spot on this year&rsquo;s list coming in at third but has been in the top 18 since our lists inception in 2005,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We should thank all of our cities best drivers and recognize safe driving skills for this achievement.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="4" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Boise Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">5th</td> <td align="center" valign="top">2nd</td> <td align="center" valign="top">5th</td> <td align="center" valign="top">2nd</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:46:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/b03b4d8c-3aec-488e-8c56-f9a74bf35290 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/b03b4d8c-3aec-488e-8c56-f9a74bf35290 Boise Ranks Third Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Boise ranked third safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Boise will experience an auto collision every 14 years. Boise ranks 5th when population is considered, 2nd when population density is considered and 5th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Boise fell one spot on this year&rsquo;s list coming in at third but has been in the top 18 since our lists inception in 2005,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We should thank all of our cities best drivers and recognize safe driving skills for this achievement.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="4" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Boise Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">5th</td> <td align="center" valign="top">2nd</td> <td align="center" valign="top">5th</td> <td align="center" valign="top">2nd</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Honolulu Ranks 140th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Honolulu ranked 140th safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Honolulu will experience an auto collision every 8.2 years. Honolulu ranks 151st when population is considered, 105th when population density is considered and 131st when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Honolulu has dropped 12 spots from 2013&rsquo;s list where they ranked 128th,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in to be discouraged by this ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Honolulu to make positive changes to their driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="4" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Honolulu Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">151st</td> <td align="center" valign="top">105th</td> <td align="center" valign="top">131st</td> <td align="center" valign="top">104th</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:40:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5e3ab13b-a21e-4d34-9bdf-2a06cf760e7d http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5e3ab13b-a21e-4d34-9bdf-2a06cf760e7d Honolulu Ranks 140th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Honolulu ranked 140th safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Honolulu will experience an auto collision every 8.2 years. Honolulu ranks 151st when population is considered, 105th when population density is considered and 131st when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Honolulu has dropped 12 spots from 2013&rsquo;s list where they ranked 128th,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in to be discouraged by this ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Honolulu to make positive changes to their driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="4" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Honolulu Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">151st</td> <td align="center" valign="top">105th</td> <td align="center" valign="top">131st</td> <td align="center" valign="top">104th</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Salem Ranks 102nd Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Salem ranked 102nd safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Salem will experience an auto collision every 9.1 years. Salem ranks 115th when population is considered, 97th when population density is considered and 100th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Salem dropped 25 spots from 2013&rsquo;s list where they ranked 77th,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in to be discouraged by this ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Salem to make positive changes to their driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Oregon finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.1</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Portland</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>37.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.3</p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Eugene</td> <td align="center" valign="top">-11%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">11.2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Oregon Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">115</td> <td align="center" valign="top">97</td> <td align="center" valign="top">100</td> <td align="center" valign="top">103</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Portland</td> <td align="center" valign="top">146</td> <td align="center" valign="top">165</td> <td align="center" valign="top">176</td> <td align="center" valign="top">152</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Eugene</td> <td align="center" valign="top">32</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10</td> <td align="center" valign="top">19</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:31:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ae7434c7-6ab7-403d-b27c-9ee7eb67a63b http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ae7434c7-6ab7-403d-b27c-9ee7eb67a63b Salem Ranks 102nd Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Salem ranked 102nd safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Salem will experience an auto collision every 9.1 years. Salem ranks 115th when population is considered, 97th when population density is considered and 100th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Salem dropped 25 spots from 2013&rsquo;s list where they ranked 77th,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want drivers in to be discouraged by this ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Salem to make positive changes to their driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Oregon finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.1</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Portland</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>37.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.3</p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Eugene</td> <td align="center" valign="top">-11%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">11.2</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Oregon Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">115</td> <td align="center" valign="top">97</td> <td align="center" valign="top">100</td> <td align="center" valign="top">103</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Portland</td> <td align="center" valign="top">146</td> <td align="center" valign="top">165</td> <td align="center" valign="top">176</td> <td align="center" valign="top">152</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Eugene</td> <td align="center" valign="top">32</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10</td> <td align="center" valign="top">19</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Portland Ranks 177th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Portland ranked 177th safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Portland will experience an auto collision every 7.3 years. Portland ranks 146th when population is considered, 165th when population density is considered and 176th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Portland ranks at 177 out of 200 this year. We don&rsquo;t want drivers to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Portland to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &nbsp;&ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Oregon finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Portland</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>37.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.3</p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Eugene</td> <td align="center" valign="top">-11%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">11.2</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.1</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Oregon Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Portland</td> <td align="center" valign="top">146</td> <td align="center" valign="top">165</td> <td align="center" valign="top">176</td> <td align="center" valign="top">152</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Eugene</td> <td align="center" valign="top">32</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10</td> <td align="center" valign="top">19</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">115</td> <td align="center" valign="top">97</td> <td align="center" valign="top">100</td> <td align="center" valign="top">103</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:26:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/1050993e-f5e6-40ef-b1a5-9458c3f18c25 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/1050993e-f5e6-40ef-b1a5-9458c3f18c25 Portland Ranks 177th Among Safest Cities on the 10th Annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™” New Location Factors and Interactive Maps Show Where Your City Ranks When Population, Density and Precipitation are Considered for City Drivers<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 4 Related Documents, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company today released its tenth annual &ldquo;Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg;&rdquo; and Portland ranked 177th safest among America&rsquo;s 200 largest cities<sup>i</sup>&nbsp;in terms of car collision frequency. The report underscores Allstate&rsquo;s commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers.</p> <p>This year, new data uncovers how these cities rank when factors like population, population density and precipitation are considered. For the first time, Allstate is revealing the 2014 report, which contains new data rankings and historical rankings from the past 10 years in an interactive mapping tool found at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport">www.allstate.com/BestDriversReport</a>.</p> <p>According to the report, the average driver in Portland will experience an auto collision every 7.3 years. Portland ranks 146th when population is considered, 165th when population density is considered and 176th when precipitation is considered.</p> <p>&ldquo;Portland ranks at 177 out of 200 this year. We don&rsquo;t want drivers to be discouraged by their ranking. Instead, we want the report to challenge drivers in Portland to make positive changes to their driving,&rdquo; said Ellen James, Allstate's Regional Spokesperson. &nbsp;&ldquo;By looking at how location factors of our city impact the rankings, we are learning where we can be better drivers under these conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report was created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on safe driving that saves lives. This year&rsquo;s top honor of &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Safest Driving City&rdquo; is Fort Collins, Colorado, the fourth year the city has held the top spot in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history. According to the report, the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of 10 years.</p> <p>Below is a look at how other cities in Oregon finished in the Allstate America&rsquo;s Bester Drivers Report.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City &amp; Overall Ranking</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Collision Likelihood Compared to National Average</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Average Years Between Collisions</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Portland</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>37.2%</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7.3</p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Eugene</td> <td align="center" valign="top">-11%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">11.2</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10.4%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9.1</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the first time in the report&rsquo;s ten-year history, Allstate&rsquo;s interactive mapping tool demonstrates how location factors like population, population density and precipitation weight a city&rsquo;s driving safety ranking. When taking challenging roadway conditions into consideration, some Oregon cities&rsquo; safest drivers ranking changed based on the likelihood for collision and these location factors.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td colspan="5" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Oregon Rankings Based on Location Factors</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>City</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Population Density</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Precipitation</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>All Factors Combined</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Portland</td> <td align="center" valign="top">146</td> <td align="center" valign="top">165</td> <td align="center" valign="top">176</td> <td align="center" valign="top">152</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Eugene</td> <td align="center" valign="top">32</td> <td align="center" valign="top">10</td> <td align="center" valign="top">19</td> <td align="center" valign="top">9</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td align="center" valign="top">Salem</td> <td align="center" valign="top">115</td> <td align="center" valign="top">97</td> <td align="center" valign="top">100</td> <td align="center" valign="top">103</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For each of the location factors Allstate measured in this year&rsquo;s report, the insurer recommends drivers use caution especially when driving under these conditions:</p> <p><strong>Highly populated cities</strong><strong> </strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Know what's happening in the city during the time you're driving. </strong>Find out if there are events that may impact traffic, and listen to traffic reports on your car radio. Avoid traffic jams or explore alternative routes, if possible.&nbsp; </li> <li><strong>Get directions to where you&rsquo;re going.</strong> Review directions carefully in advance. If you get lost mid-trip, safely pull over and wait until you feel calm enough to get back on the road, using that time to get directions, check traffic or call for help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Densely populated cities</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.</strong> Stop-and-go traffic, gridlock, traffic signal stops, pedestrian walkways and events that create traffic detours can add time to your travel. </li> <li><strong>Stay alert. </strong>Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, parking cars, taxi cabs, and public transportation vehicles such as city buses. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Cities with high levels of precipitation</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Keep a safe distance between other drivers.</strong> Stopping safely in rain and snow takes greater lengths of roadway than in dry conditions.</li> <li><strong>Maintain your vehicle to prepare for extreme weather. </strong>Headlights and brake lights are critical in low visibility situations &ndash; be sure they are consistently maintained along with other critical car functions such as brakes and windshield wipers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>The Report<br /> </strong>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,500 car crash fatalities occurred in 2012. Additionally, Allstate research found that 70 percent of vehicles involved in auto claims are considered drivable, which indicates that most claims are the result of low speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions. Allstate utilizes the America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report to remind drivers to stay vigilant behind the wheel and protect themselves from challenging driving conditions.</p> <p>To view the complete Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report with these new rankings, or to see previous years&rsquo; results, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport">www.allstate.com/bestdriversreport</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate<br /> </strong><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" 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 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 &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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. 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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Ellen James<br /> (425) 489-5516</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> The Allstate America&rsquo;s Best Drivers Report&reg; tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2011-2012. The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2012 as of July 1, 2013. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country&rsquo;s discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain population and population density factors. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized.</em></p>