Insurance Journal » auto insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:08:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3 Lafayette, Louisiana Officials Mull Insurance, Regulations for Uber http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/08/06/377748.htm Thu, 06 Aug 2015 16:38:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377748 The Lafayette City-Parish Council is considering new regulations to require Uber and similar companies to do regular background checks on contract drivers, inspect vehicles and carry insurance above and beyond what state law requires for drivers. The Advocate reports the …

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N.J. Man Gets 3-Year Sentence for Faking Mercedes Carjacking to Get $38K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/08/05/377629.htm Wed, 05 Aug 2015 21:35:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377629 A New Jersey man who fabricated a story about being carjacked is heading to prison. Maurice Douglas received a three-year sentence on Monday, New Jersey Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said. Douglas, 42, had pleaded guilty in March to insurance …

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Fed Up with Crummy Streets, Detroit-Area Residents Patch Potholes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/29/376766.htm Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:28:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376766 Some Detroit-area residents fed up with the crummy condition of certain streets are taking matters into their own hands. Volunteers with the recently started Hamtramck Guerrilla Road Repair effort started filling in potholes July 25 on one roadway and they …

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Study: Lawrence Area a Hotspot for Kansas Turnpike Accidents http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/28/376544.htm Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:06:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376544 Six of the nine most accident-prone spots along the Kansas Turnpike are in the Lawrence area, according to a study compiled for the Kansas Turnpike Authority. Two of the other accident hotspots along the 236-mile turnpike were in the I-70 …

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Cal Fire Captain, Insurance Agent Brother Arrested For Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/07/27/376439.htm Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:46:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376439 A California Fire captain and his insurance agent brother have been arrested for insurance fraud. Neal Moriarty, 38, a Cal Fire Captain, and Ross Moriarty, 42, a licensed insurance agent, were arrested last week on multiple felony counts of insurance …

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Indiana Now Requires Scooter Registration; Thousands Comply http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/27/376401.htm Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:53:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376401 Thousands of motor-driven cycles, the vast majority mopeds and scooters, have been registered with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles since a new law went into effect in January that placed more stringent requirements on riders of two-wheel vehicles. Until …

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Oregon Cyclist Sues 2 Drivers in Injury Accident http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/07/27/376382.htm Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:30:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376382 A Portland, Ore. bicyclist is suing not only the pickup driver who hit her and shattered bones across her body, but also a second driver she says gave the truck the OK to turn. The Oregonian reported that Cynthia Lewellen …

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Speed a Factor in 27% of Louisiana Traffic Deaths in 2013: Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/07/23/376170.htm Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:40:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376170 A new report finds speeding was a factor in at least 27 percent of Louisiana traffic fatalities in 2013. The state had 703 traffic fatalities two years ago and 193 stemmed in part from speeding, a National Highway Traffic Safety …

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Golf Carts Being Allowed on Streets in More Small Towns in Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/21/375926.htm Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:29:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375926 It’s not unusual to see residents zipping around on golf carts in many small Illinois communities, as local officials increasingly adopt ordinances to accommodate the popular vehicles. Golf carts are getting the green light as an alternative to cars and …

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7 Cars Burned in Lot Near Stadium During Detroit Tigers Game http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/21/375917.htm Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:23:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375917 A fire at a parking lot near Comerica Park that started during a Detroit Tigers game has destroyed seven vehicles while sending dark smoke billowing into the sky. The Detroit Free Press reports that the fire started around 3:30 p.m. …

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Stricter Teen Driving Laws Now in Effect in Ohio http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/07/374069.htm Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:00:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=374069 Ohio’s teen drivers under the age of 18 will face tighter restrictions went into effect on July 1, an Ohio insurance trade group reported. According to the Ohio Insurance Institute, the new restrictions focus on limiting the number of passengers …

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Ridesharing Apps in California Get Kids Around When Parents Are Busy http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/26/372907.htm Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372907 Sacha Simmons used to dread taking a taxi to her high school or someplace else to hang out with her teenage friends when her parents weren’t around to give her a ride. Sometimes, the cab drivers wouldn’t show up or, …

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7 in California and Washington Charged With 100+ Counts of Auto Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/24/372899.htm Wed, 24 Jun 2015 19:19:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372899 Seven people in California and Washington were arrested for allegedly conspiring to defraud eight insurance companies by submitting fraudulent auto insurance claims totaling more than $175,000. Detectives from the California Department of Insurance, assisted by Snohomish County Marshall’s Office and …

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Most Drivers Mum About Ridesharing, Although Many Agents Ask http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/06/23/372626.htm Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:30:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372626 Roughly three quarters of ridesharing drivers don’t have ridesharing insurance, and nearly eight-in-10 conduct their ridesharing activities covertly and keep their insurer or agent in the dark. Two informal polls from a popular Forbes blogger known as The Rideshare Guy …

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Farmers Introduces Rideshare Coverage in Utah http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/15/371859.htm Mon, 15 Jun 2015 20:30:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=371859 Farmers Insurance on Monday launched what is believed to be the state’s first rideshare insurance coverage designed to provide seamless coverage for ridesharing drivers in Utah. The coverage comes less than two months after Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a …

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Motor-Vehicle Crash Deaths in Arizona Fell in 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/03/370390.htm Wed, 03 Jun 2015 15:28:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=370390 The Arizona Department of Transportation reported that deaths of Arizona residents in motor-vehicle crashes dropped by nearly 9 percent in 2014. The department collected data on law enforcement reports to find that 774 people died in motor-vehicle accidents last year …

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Google Compare and ITC in Online Partnership That Brings Agents into Mix http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/05/27/369697.htm Wed, 27 May 2015 20:59:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369697 Google Compare is using a rating system provided by Insurance Technologies Corp., the Carrollton, Texas-based software provider announced Wednesday. In making the announcement ITC’s top executive said it’s a move that will keepĀ agents involved in the online search for auto …

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First Major California Insurer to Offer Ridesharing Endorsement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/27/369675.htm Wed, 27 May 2015 19:51:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369675 Farmers will become the first large California insurer to start offering a ridesharing insurance product on Thursday. In an announcement made at the Los Angeles office of California Department of Insurance today, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Farmers Group …

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Driver Arrested Going 131 Mph on Arizona Freeway http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/07/367188.htm Thu, 07 May 2015 15:37:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367188 Authorities say a man has been arrested for allegedly driving his sports car more than 131 mph on a Phoenix, Ariz. freeway. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say 22-year-old Alejandro Barraza was taken into custody during a weekend law …

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Agent Support, Ratings Added to Expanding Google Compare http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/05/05/366951.htm Tue, 05 May 2015 22:32:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366951 The auto insurance comparison website Google Compare is expanding into Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania, as well as adding ratings and insurance agent support. That announcement was made Tuesday by Stephanie Cuthbertson, group product manager for Google Compare, at Google’s annual …

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Change to Michigan Auto Insurance Bills Requires $100 Premium Cut http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/27/365710.htm Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:07:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365710 The Republican-led House will consider legislation that would cut auto insurance premiums in Michigan by $100 annually for two years and no longer let health providers charge car insurers much more to treat injured motorists than health plans are billed. …

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South Dakota Sees Uptick in Un-Belted Driver Deaths http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/16/364697.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:20:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364697 The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says there has been a significant bump in the number of drivers who die because they crash while not wearing a seat belt this year. Public Safety Department Secretary Trevor Jones said that …

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Electronics Enable Michigan Police to Check Vehicle Insurance Quickly http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/31/362670.htm Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:32:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362670 Police in Michigan are using an easy way to check whether a motor vehicle is properly insured. Starting last year, police got access to information on whether a vehicle is insured by running a license plate number through an in-car …

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Electronic Proof of Insurance Accepted in Ohio Beginning March 23 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/20/361433.htm Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:46:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361433 Effective March 23, 2015, Ohio motorists will now be able to show proof of financial responsibility to traffic violations bureaus, courts, Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and/or law enforcement through use of an electronic wireless communications device, the insurance department …

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Iowa House Panel OKs Car Insurance Tracking Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/18/360998.htm Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:18:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360998 People in Iowa with outdated car insurance would be monitored by a private company for compliance under a bill approved by a House panel. Members of a Ways and Means subcommittee approved the bill before sending it to a full …

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Google Compare May Go Beyond Auto Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/03/11/360176.htm Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:27:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360176 The way Valen Analytics President and CEO Dax Craig describes it, Google’s move into insurance with Google Compare for auto insurance is an “all-aboard, wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee” call to the insurance industry. His words were simpler: “Game changer.” The complexity of what …

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Compare.com Confirms Partnership with Google Insurance Comparison Site http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/03/10/360013.htm Tue, 10 Mar 2015 17:18:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360013 Online auto insurance comparison site compare.com is now working with Google on its auto insurance compare and buy platform, Google Compare, in California. Andrew Rose, CEO of Virginia-based compare.com, said Google approached his company because it was having trouble attracting …

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Safety Concerns Block Effort to Raise Interstate Speed Limit in Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/09/359852.htm Mon, 09 Mar 2015 16:19:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359852 Iowa drivers will stay out of the fast lane for now, after lawmakers did not advance a bill that would have boosted the speed limit on interstate highways, bringing it in line with many nearby states. The bill sought to …

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Penn. Man Accused of Buying Auto Insurance From Scene of Car Wreck http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/03/06/359700.htm Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:51:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359700 Authorities say a Pennsylvania man called an insurance company from a crash scene to buy auto coverage and later claimed his wreck happened after he got the policy. The Altoona Mirror reports that the insurance fraud charges filed this week …

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XL Launches Primary Auto Product Line, Taps Miller to Lead http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/03/05/359602.htm Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:57:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359602 XL Group’s excess & surplus (E&S) insurance is adding primary auto capabilities to its product line and has added Andrew Miller as underwriting manager to lead this business. According to John Goodloe, president of XL Group’s E&S business, the company …

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