Auto Care Association Releases Collision Repair Trends Report
The 70-page analysis of data highlights the size and scope of the U.S. collision industry, including the paint, body and equipment (PBE) segment, with a brief analysis of the Canadian collision industry.
It also includes analyses of factors influencing the collision industry, automotive collision insurance coverage and the Direct Repair Program (DRP).
According to this year’s report, traffic deaths totaling 29,867 fatal collisions in 2011 (the lowest ever), have increased by 10 percent to 32,317 in 2013. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), attributes the recent increased fatalities to human error, such as failure to wear a seatbelt, drunk driving and other factors. Nonetheless, in recent years, road travel has become progressively safer from the plethora of built-in vehicle safety features that include lane departure warnings, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control.