Annual Home Insurance Trends Study Reveals Record-Setting Weather-Related Losses
ATLANTA, Oct. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- LexisNexis® Risk Solutions released its fourth annual LexisNexis Home Trends Report today. The study highlights the impact that 2018 extreme weather events had on catastrophic losses and weather-related peril losses, especially in states impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael and the California wildfires. As a result of these events, more than half (56%) of all catastrophe claims came from just four states: California, Colorado, Florida and North Carolina, which is up 20% from the 36% of claims these states accounted for in 2017. As demonstrated by this increase in state specific claims, the report underscores the growing need for insurers to understand and respond to by-peril loss trends and the potential for climate change and extreme weather to drive these losses.
2018 Natural Disasters Drove a Nearly 20% Increase in Claim Severity
In 2018, for the third consecutive year, catastrophe claims accounted for more than 30% of all peril claims, but while frequency decreased, claim severity increased by 17% due to the magnitude of damage caused by this year’s natural disasters, including:
“In the context of increased volatility and severity of weather-related events, this year’s report provides key insight into alarming by-peril trends,” said George Hosfield, senior director, Home Insurance, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “It is extremely important for home insurers to stay informed of the challenges outlined in this report, especially the volatile and dynamic nature of weather-related loss trends in recent years.”
For more information, visit the interactive website for the 2019 LexisNexis Home Trends Report.
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