August is the deadliest month for drivers, according to Nationwide

According to Nationwide’s SmartRide Data, Nationwide members reported 56,929 accidents in August 2016 — more than any other month last year. (Photo: iStock) As the month of August comes to a close, drivers and agents can breathe a sigh of relief. “Not only is August the most deadly, but it’s when the most crashes occurred in 2016,” said, Larry Thursby, Nationwide’s vice president of personal auto and home pricing. According to Nationwide’s SmartRide Data, Nationwide members reported 56,929 accidents in August 2016 — more than any other month last year. In 2015, August had 3,319 motor-vehicle deaths — the highest for the year. Related: Nationwide hires new CIO to oversee digital transformation How SmartRide helps drivers & Nationwide For drivers, SmartRide is designed to let them know when they’re slipping into dangerous behaviors. From the moment when drivers hit the road to when they turn their engine off, they receive immediate feedback such as how fast they drove and how hard they brake, among other considerations. Customers receive a discount for signing up for the voluntary program and can either use an app on their smartphone or an in-vehicle device. Since 2010, Nationwide has offered the SmartRide program. Relying on data from over 3 million customers, Nationwide collects information from drivers during the first 3 to 4 months and correlates it back to loss histories. Related: Are we safe drivers? Apparently not… Tips for drivers Nationwide’s analysis found that certain states, such as Arkansas and Ohio, among others, are among the very best in practicing safe driving. States like New York and Arizona, however, reported drivers with more aggressive tendencies. “Generally what we see, when the level of congestion rises, the number of cars on the road, you tend to get more aggressive driving,” said Thursby. Thursby outlined the following evergreen for drivers throughout the country: Don’t follow the car in front of you too closely. Don’t be in a rush. Don’t get distracted. The auto industry is drawing closer towards autonomous vehicles, but drivers will need to practice safe driving until then.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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