NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – So far, the record drought, heat wave and wildfires across the state have caused an estimated $10 billion in damages and losses are expected to grow.
University of north Texas (UNT) economist Terry Clower said as the insurance companies pay claims they will need to generate more revenue.READ MORE: State Fair Taking Extra Measures To Keep Guests Safe
“It would be expected that insurance rates would go up and they may have to spread that rate increase across all of their lines,” suggested Clower. “So, it would include homeowners insurance, specialty insurance and car insurance.”
Insurers will seek an increase in all premiums and, the way the system is set up, they don’t have to wait for approval from regulators before upping their rates.READ MORE: Officials: Man Suspected Of Making Threats Against Texas Lawmakers Arrested
“The bad news for consumers is they get to institute the rate increase, I believe, almost immediately,” said Clower. “And then if the insurance board rules against them they have to refund the money at some point later.”
“It wasn’t just the one… it was many parts of the state and it was homes in many parts of the state.”
Experts say insurers can expect to foot even more of the soon, as the weather brings the threat of winter storms.MORE NEWS: State Fair Offers Hundreds Of Free Acts, Shows And Exhibits
Last year, insured losses from winter storms totaled $2.6 billion.