Insured Losses

2016 Consumer Insurance Survey

The I.I.I. conducted this survey to collect and measure consumers and homeowners knowledge and sentiments about insurance, including: 


  • What they know about insurance—including the purchase of separate policies to cover flood and earthquake damage
  • Their attitudes toward the cost of their insurance coverage
  • How they comparison shop for homeowners insurance; among other topics. 



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Background on: Wildfires


Fire plays an important role in the life of a forest, clearing away dead wood and undergrowth to make way for younger trees but the risk wildfires pose to people and property is growing as more people move into forested areas once largely uninhabited. These areas, known as the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), contain about 44 million houses in the lower 48 states, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Spotlight on: Flood insurance


Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States, causing billions in economic losses each year.  According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), 90 percent of all natural disasters in the United States involve flooding.

Spotlight on: Dog bite liability


Almost 90 million dogs are owned as pets in the United States according to a 2017-2018 survey by the American Pet Products Association.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Among children, the rate of dog-bite–related injuries is highest for those 5 to 9 years old. Over half of dog-bite injuries occur at home with dogs that are familiar to us.

Dog bite claims: infographic

Dog bite claims received by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

Facts + Statistics: Hurricanes

The official Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November, but occasionally storms form outside those months. September is the most common month for hurricanes making landfall in the U.S., followed by August and October, according to an analysis of 1851 to 2015 data by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. No hurricanes made U.S. landfall before June and after November during the period studied.

Facts + Statistics: Homeowners and renters insurance

Homeowners insurance expenditures

Facts + Statistics: Flood insurance

National Flood Insurance Program

Flood damage is excluded under standard homeowners and renters insurance policies. However, flood coverage is available in the form of a separate policy both from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and from a few private insurers.      


Facts + Statistics: Pet statistics

Pet insurance

The pet insurance industry got its start almost a century ago in Sweden where about half that country’s pets are now insured. In North America, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co., a subsidiary of Nationwide, sold its first pet insurance policy in 1982 to cover the dog playing Lassie on television.

Facts + Statistics: Hail

Hail causes about $1 billion dollars in damage to crops and property each year, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ). Events involving wind, hail or flood accounted for $29.7 billion in insured catastrophe losses in 2016 dollars from 1996 to 2016 (not including payouts from the National Flood Insurance Program), according to Property Claim Services (PCS®), a Verisk Analytics® business.