Texas Besieged by Wildfires but Losses Should Be Manageable

Sep 09, 2011, 06:00 ET from Demotech, Inc.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Wildfires continue to sweep through Texas, leaving behind heartbreaking devastation for those affected. Reports indicate the death of at least two people as the unprecedented fires have consumed more than 34,000 acres of land while destroying more than 1,400 homes. According to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), Texas is having its driest year in recorded history. These conditions combined with hot temperatures and strong winds have fuelled the fires. The Insurance Council of Texas expects the wildfires to cause more than $100 million in insured damage.

Fortunately for homeowners affected in Texas, the companies listed in the Top 10 for Texas are all affiliated with well-respected and financially stable groups. State Farm Lloyds Inc. has approximately 29 percent of the 2010 direct premium written for homeowners' multi-peril in Texas. Hopefully consumers can take some solace that covered losses are backed by financially stable insurers who can honor meritorious claims.

Texas

2010 Direct Premiums Written – Homeowners Multi-Peril

1.

State Farm Lloyds Inc

$1,684,960,679

2.

Allstate Texas Lloyds

$   483,268,091

3.

Texas Farmers Insurance Company

$   319,064,978

4.

United Service Automobile Assn

$   230,105,282

5.

USAA Texas Lloyds Company

$   219,411,933

6.

Farmers Insurance Exchange

$   218,738,473

7.

Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company

$   204,788,089

8.

Travelers Lloyds of Texas Insurance Company

$   194,556,401

9.

Nationwide Property & Casualty Insurance Company

$   129,186,304

10.

SAFECO Insurance Company of IN

$   126,203,492


Subtotal – Top 10

$3,810,283,722


All others

$2,046,937,216


Total

$5,857,220,938



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