Indiana one of top states in nation for hail damage

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Indiana ranks among the top ten states in terms of hail damage, according to State Farm Insurance.

Hail and wind damage cost policyholders more than $3.9 million in 2012. According to State Farm, Indiana ranked seventh in the nation with 23,000 claims filed last year.

Here’s the full list:

  1. Texas—47,000 claims
  2. Illinois—41,000 claims
  3. New York—34,000 claims
  4. Ohio—31,000 claims
  5. Missouri—25,000 claims
  6. Tennessee—24,000 claims
  7. Indiana—23,000 claims
  8. New Jersey—23,000 claims
  9. Kentucky—22,000 claims
  10. Colorado—16,000 claims

State Farm said hailstorms are more frequent in the Great Plains and Midwest although every state is susceptible. The insurer said taking simple steps—such as moving vehicles into covered areas if possible—can reduce possible damage.

If you do have hail damage and need to make a claim, State Farm stressed the importance of choosing a reputable contractor and verifying the identification of anyone claiming to represent your insurance company before giving them access.