Insurance Journal » auto insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:52:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.2 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Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:18:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360998 People in Iowa with outdated car insurance would be monitored by a private company for compliance under a bill approved by a House panel.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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Google Compare for Car Insurance Has Arrived http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/03/05/359567.htm Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:10:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359567 Google Compare for car insurance was introduced on Thursday in California, “with more states to follow,” the tech giant said. “Google Compare for car insurance provides a seamless, intuitive experience for connecting with your customers online,” the company said in …

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Conn. Senator Urges DOJ to Investigate Auto Insurers’ ‘Preferred’ Repair Shops http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/02/24/358485.htm Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:49:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358485 U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate a recently aired CNN report’s allegation that auto insurers may be pressuring consumers to repair their vehicles at the insurers’ preferred repair shops. “Contrary to what …

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PIA of Florida Partners with Windhaven to Provide Additional Market Access http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/02/23/358366.htm Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:45:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358366 The Professional Insurance Agents of Florida and Windhaven Insurance have formed a partnership that gives PIA members a direct appointment to write policies with Windhaven Insurance upon meeting minimal criteria. The PIA of Florida has added an auto carrier to …

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Texas Issues Data Call on Named Driver Policies, Excluded Driver Endorsements http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/19/358090.htm Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:37:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358090 The Texas Department of Insurance has issued a special data call to obtain information from insurance companies writing private passenger automobile insurance in Texas. TDI said the information requested is in response to legislative inquiries and pertains to bodily injury …

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California Agents Asked to Inform Customers on Auto Financial Responsibility http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/12/357353.htm Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:31:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357353 California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and state Sen. Ricardo Lara on Thursday urged Californians to make sure they are meeting their obligation to carry minimum liability insurance coverage on their vehicles and announced resources to help educate motorists and make …

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Driver’s Licenses For Immigrants Spur Debate in New Mexico http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/12/357304.htm Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:22:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357304 Alejandro Altamirano from Durango, Mexico, has called New Mexico home for a dozen years, and it’s where his two U.S.-born daughters are being raised. But the 36-year-old dairy farmworker fears he will be forced into the shadows if he loses …

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Though Rising, Ohio Home and Auto Insurance Rates Still Low http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/03/356248.htm Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:01:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356248 Combined, average homeowners and auto insurance premiums in Ohio are nearly $500 less than national averages, according to the state’s insurance department. Personal lines premiums in the state are among the lowest in the country, Lieutenant Governor and Department of …

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Oklahoma Senate Proposal Tackles Uninsured Drivers with DUIs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/28/355701.htm Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:30:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355701 Oklahoma Sen. Ron Sharp has filed legislation to address the state’s high number of uninsured motorists especially those with DUI convictions. Senate Bill 260 would require an individual convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) to have valid auto insurance on file …

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Mercury in California Ordered to Pay $27.5M for Unapproved Broker Fees http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/12/353822.htm Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:28:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=353822 California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones ordered Mercury Insurance to pay a fine of $27.5 million because Mercury auto insurance consumers were allegedly charged unapproved broker fees. Mercury did not obtain Jones’ approval for the fees and so consumers paid more …

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USAA to Offer Pilot Ridesharing Coverage in Colorado http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/07/353293.htm Wed, 07 Jan 2015 23:58:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=353293 USAA announced it will offer auto insurance coverage in Colorado that will protect ridesharing drivers from the moment their ridesharing mobile apps are turned on until they are matched with a passenger. The pilot program, which will begin in February, …

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Crash Toll in Nebraska Likely to Hit 5-Year High http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/02/351572.htm Fri, 02 Jan 2015 17:27:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351572 Nebraska’s highway safety administrator says the number of people who died in Nebraska crashes in 2014 likely will be the highest number in five years. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that as of the morning of Dec. 31, 2014, 221 …

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N.J. Assembly Delays Vote on ‘Electronic’ Auto Insurance Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/12/17/350453.htm Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:58:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350453 The New Jersey Assembly has delayed a vote on a measure that would allow drivers in New Jersey to use smart phones, computers or tablets to prove they carry auto insurance during traffic stops. The bill was due to be …

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Vehicle Theft in California Down 48 Percent From Peak, Report Shows http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/16/350251.htm Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:10:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350251 The National Insurance Crime Bureau today released a historic look at vehicle theft in California that shows thefts dropped from a peak year in 1992 more than a 48 percent to 2013. California has the distinction of being the only …

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Uber Launches Sans Oregon City’s Approval http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/08/349189.htm Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:40:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349189 The ridesharing app Uber has launched in Portland, Ore. without city approval. The app began working Friday at 5 p.m., and drivers were able to immediately begin offering rides, regional manager Brooke Stever said. “I don’t think we’re going against …

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Wyoming Up Nearly Double So Far From Last Year http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/26/348416.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:21:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348416 Nearly twice as many people have died on Wyoming highways so far this year compared with 2013. Wyoming Highway Patrol figures show that 135 people have died as of last week this year in highway crashes. At the same point …

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Uber Cannot Operate in Nevada Pending Regulator Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/26/348414.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:19:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348414 Uber Technologies Inc. was blocked from operating in Nevada by a judge in Reno after regulators succeeded in getting the case taken from a judge in Las Vegas who had refused the halt the mobile car-booking service. Nevada District Court …

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Pothole Claims Up in Ohio This Year http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/24/347947.htm Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:38:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347947 More Ohio motorists are looking for repayment from the state for pothole damage to their cars, nearly tripling the number of claims filed in 2013. The Dayton Daily News reports nearly 300 pothole damage claims have been filed statewide so …

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Oregon City fines Uber company For Failure to Get License http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/21/347765.htm Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:46:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347765 The city of Eugene, Ore. has fined the ridesharing company Uber $2,000 for failing to get a city license, and a city official says the fine could be repeated daily. But the Eugene Register-Guard reported that whether Uber appeals the …

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Lyft Rideshare Passenger Dies in California Crash http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/04/345874.htm Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:44:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345874 A spokeswoman for rideshare service Lyft says one of its drivers was involved in a multi-car crash in Northern California that left a man dead. California Highway Patrol officials said the driver was giving a ride to two passengers early …

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Oregon City Threatens to Fine Uber http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/31/345602.htm Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:38:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345602 The city of Eugene, Ore. has ordered the Uber ridesharing company to cease operations or be fined. The Register-Guard reported Uber has refused to apply for a taxi license since its drivers began operating in Eugene last summer. The city …

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