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Uninsured Drivers on the Rise

A study released the third week of January by the Insurance Research Council (IRC) found an increasing number of uninsured motorists on U.S. roads and...
January 29, 2009

A study released the third week of January by the Insurance Research Council (IRC) found an increasing number of uninsured motorists on U.S. roads and said the country's economic recession likely will exacerbate the problem by 2010. The study found New Mexico and Mississippi had the highest percentage of uninsured drivers in 2007, with more than one in every four motorists in those two states driving without insurance. Massachusetts, Maine, North Dakota, New York and Vermont are the states with the lowest percentages of uninsured drivers.

The study also found a strong connection between the percentage of uninsured drivers and the unemployment rate. Elizabeth Sprinkel, senior vice president of the IRC, said an increase in the number of uninsured motorists is an unfortunate consequence of the economic downturn.  IRC spokesman David Corum cautioned against comparing data from state to state, noting that his group looked at countrywide trends in unemployment and uninsured motorists and not at how states with different unemployment rates vary.

Downturn May Push Uninsured Motorists to All-Time High (PDF file, IRC 1/21/09)

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