MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Does it seem like you see a lot more cars covered with little dings around here than elsewhere? Well, according to a new survey by State Farm, you may not be imagining things.
Tennessee ranked sixth in the number of wind and hail claims filed with the insurance giant in 2012. In all, 24,000 people submitted claims to State Farm last year, putting it just behind Missouri.
As you'd expect, the Midwest and Great Plains states dominated the top ten list, with Texas and Illinois leading the way with 47,000 and 41,000 claims respectively. Those two were followed by New York (34,000 claims), which was joined by New Jersey (8th, 23,000) as the only East Coast states to appear near the top of the list.
Kentucky came in just behind the Garden State, and well ahead of 10th place Colorado, with 22,000 claims. Ohio, Missouri, and Indiana rounded out the top ten, filling in the 4th, 5th, and 7th slots.
Last year alone, State Farm said it paid out nearly $4 billion in wind/hail losses.
To help prevent hail damage, State Farm advises pulling cars, boats, RVs, lawn and patio furniture into covered areas whenever conditions are prime for hail storms.
They also suggest considering impact resistant roofing for your home, which may also save you money on your insurance premiums.
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