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Arizonans' car insurance jumps 44 percent after claims

PHOENIX -- A new report showed that Arizonans who filed a car-insurance claim watched their premiums rise the sixth-most in the country.

In Arizona, car-insurance premiums rose by an average of 44 percent after a single claim, according to insurancequotes.com. An Arizona driver with two claims pays an average of 118 percent more for car insurance than a claim-free driver.

Nationally, premiums go up by an average of 38 percent after one claim and 86 percent after two claims.

From the website:

"The biggest lesson for consumers is not to file a claim unless absolutely necessary," said Laura Adams, a senior analyst. "Making a claim for a few hundred dollars doesn't make sense if your premium is going to skyrocket as a result."

Massachusetts topped the list with an average post-claim hike of 67 percent. California was next at 62 percent.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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