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September 25, 2006

The model year automobiles will be required to have anti-rollover technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes the new requirement will save thousands of lives annually.

Increase in the injury rate from 2004 to 2003 among children ages 16 and younger from riding all-terrain vehicles, according to researchers who presented a study on ATV accidents at the 110th Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO of the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. The study suggests that prohibiting ATV passengers and implementing helmet use may prevent the severity of head- and neck-related injuries in children who are victims of ATV accidents. In 2004, there were 136,100 total injuries with 44,700 of those in children less than 16 years of age.

Number of claims Allstate offices in Las Cruces, N.M., have received due to hail damage to homes and vehicles. Powerful storms dumped large hail and heavy rain in the southern part of the state in September. Hail was golf ball-sized, and rain measured 2.07 inches in Las Cruces and 0.60 inches in Mesilla. Allstate estimated it will receive between 250 and 300 homeowner claims.
Source: Associated Press

Savings projected will be realized throughout California based on 21st Century’s rate decrease filing. 21st Century is the state’s fifth largest auto insurer, with more than 740,000 policy holders, and is seeking a 12 percent reduction for drivers in Los Angeles, according to the California Department of Insurance. Safeco, the eighth largest homeowners insurer in the state, is seeking to reduce rates for its policyholders statewide by 20 percent on average. That should amount to savings of nearly $36 million, the company predicted.

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