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As the number of auto accidents is expected to increase, effectively prioritizing them can reduce the overall claim amount. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Deloitte recently forecast that the total cost of claims will continue rising over the next 10 years, fueled by more miles driven, higher accident rates (with distracted driving a major contributor), and increased severity.

In March 2016, for example, U.S. drivers logged an additional 13 billion miles over March 2015  a 5% increase. So far, cumulative travel for the year is up 4.2%.

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