Americans Are Driving Like Crazy And Allstate Is Feeling The Sting

Allstate Hurt By Drivers Traveling Too Much

American drivers are taking advantage of low gas prices and driving more, a fact that is hurting one of America’s largest auto insurance companies — Allstate.

The insurer released its second-quarter earnings report on Monday night and reported a 38% earnings per share decline year-over-year. According to the company, earnings were down because of “increased frequency and severity of auto accidents.”

Allstate added, “The increase in auto accidents is broad-based by state, risk class, rating plans, and the maturity of the business, and consequently appears to be driven by external factors.”

Shares at the company were down 5% on Tuesday.

 

Check out this chart which shows the massive increase in automobile use:

Allstate Shares Down

 

Drivers are also purchasing more vehicles, auto sales in July rose to 17.55 million, marking the third straight month of sales over 17 million vehicles.

The U.S. economy also continues to improve with steady growth between 2% to 2.5% a year.

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With more workers in the workforce that means more income available for vacations. New vehicles, lower gas prices, and the freedom to take a vacation have all helped lead Allstate to less than stellar numbers.

Written by Peter Mondrose

Peter Mondrose

Peter Mondrose is the Editor-In-Chief at BusinessPundit. He received his degree in Economics in 1998 and a second degree in Journalism in 2004. He has served as a financial adviser, market trader, and freelance journalist for the last 11 years. When he's not investigating market conditions and reporting on workplace news, he can be found traveling with his wife, dog, and laptop. He can be reached at PeterMondrose@BusinessPundit.com or (929) 265-0240.