Insurance Journal » auto insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:51:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Mass. Auto Insurance Rates Climb Back Up Despite Deregulation http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/07/29/336005.htm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:09:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336005 Auto insurance rates that fell sharply after deregulation in Massachusetts are climbing again. The Boston Globe reports that five years after Massachusetts began to allow insurers to set their own rates, the average premium was about the same as it …

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Prosecutors: N.J. Man Falsely Claimed He Was Carjacked http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/07/25/335813.htm Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:10:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335813 Authorities say a central New Jersey man lied when he claimed he had been carjacked by someone who then crashed his vehicle into several parked cars. Union County prosecutors announced Wednesday that 29-year-old Darwin Edward of New Brunswick, N.J., has …

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Over $2M for Recovered for Oklahoma Insurance Consumers So Far in 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/16/334795.htm Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:09:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334795 The Oklahoma Insurance Department announced its Consumer Assistance Division has recovered $2,180,170 for Oklahoma consumers in the first half of 2014. Between Jan. 1 and June 30, the Consumer Assistance Division answered 13,127 phone calls, responded to over 300 emails …

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Unlicensed Auto Insurance Robo-Caller Fined $191K by Minnesota Regulators http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/16/334787.htm Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:48:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334787 An unlicensed commercial entity has been ordered by Minnesota commerce regulators to pay $191,185 in civil penalties for making numerous fraudulent and unlicensed auto insurance solicitations to consumers in that state. The Minnesota Department of Commerce imposed the fine on …

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Court Ruling States Arizona Can’t Deny Immigrants Driver’s Licenses http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/07/08/334022.htm Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:03:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334022 Arizona’s policy of denying driver’s licenses to people who came to the U.S. illegally as children was blocked by a federal appeals court in San Francisco, which said the measure is probably unconstitutional. The policy most likely violates equal protection …

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MAPFRE Insurance Enters Pennsylvania Auto, Home Insurance Market http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/07/03/333812.htm Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:52:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333812 MAPFRE Insurance has entered the Pennsylvania insurance market. MAPFRE’s operations in Pennsylvania will be headquartered in King of Prussia and the company will offer private passenger automobile and homeowners insurance to customers through its network of independent agents. MAPFRE’s launch …

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80 Mph OK on Some Wyoming Highways Starting Today http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/07/01/333374.htm Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:25:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333374 Motorists traveling in Wyoming can go a little faster on certain stretches of interstate highways. Wyoming Department of Transportation crews  began changing speed limit signs along three sections of Interstates 25, 80 and 90 to 80 mph. The higher speed limit will …

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$5.9M Settlement Proposed in Acadian Ambulance Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/06/27/333151.htm Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:11:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333151 A hearing on a proposed settlement in the $5.9 million class action lawsuit against Lafayette-based Acadian Ambulance company is scheduled for today in Louisiana’s Avoyelles Parish. The Advertiser reports 440 Louisiana residents have filed claims that they were overcharged by …

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Ridesharing Insurance Legislation Advances In California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/06/26/333017.htm Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:55:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333017 A bill that would impose insurance requirements on ridesharing companies in California passed a state Senate committee 9-1 on Wednesday, although with somewhat lower costs to the industry than previously written into the bill. Companies such as Lyft, Sidecar and …

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Ridesharing Bill Cruising Through California Legislature http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/06/17/332274.htm Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:11:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332274 A bill to more thoroughly regulate insurance requirements for ridesharing companies is successfully wending its way through California Legislature as insurance associations and representatives for companies like Uber and Lyft try and hash out an uncertain middle ground. The Senate …

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Louisiana Drivers Sans Insurance to Face Hefty Fines http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/06/09/331357.htm Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:27:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=331357 In the final hours of Louisiana’s legislative session, lawmakers passed a $53 million fee hike on drivers who don’t maintain car insurance as required by law. Most of the money expected to be raised is slated to go to boost …

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Geico to Hire 350 Additional Workers for Virginia Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/06/06/331273.htm Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:37:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=331273 Geico plans to hire 350 additional workers at its regional office in Stafford County, Virginia, by the end of the year. The Free Lance-Star reports that Geico officials announced the expansion Wednesday during a celebration of the insurance company’s 20th …

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Oregon Crashed Caused by Man Holding Breath in Tunnel http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/05/28/330186.htm Wed, 28 May 2014 15:40:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330186 A 19-year-old man caused a three-car crash when he fainted while holding his breath as he drove through a tunnel northwest of Portland, Oregon State Police said. Daniel J. Calhon, of Snohomish, Washington, told investigators he fainted Sunday afternoon while …

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Wrong-Way Wrecks Warrant Prevention Discussions in Arizona http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/05/20/329672.htm Tue, 20 May 2014 16:14:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329672 Arizona highway safety and transportation officials are trying to figure out how to curb wrong-way accidents on Arizona highways. The third such fatal head-on accident the Phoenix area in a week killed two people early Sunday. Five other people died …

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Illinois Senate Passes Ride Share Legislation http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/16/329487.htm Fri, 16 May 2014 18:35:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329487 The Illinois Senate this week passed legislation requiring app-based ridesharing companies’ primary insurance be in affect the entire time the app is turned on. House Bill 4075 passed 46 to 8 and establishes regulations for transportation network companies that are …

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$2.7B Highway Spending Plan Unveiled in Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/15/329369.htm Thu, 15 May 2014 16:35:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329369 Iowa’s preliminary five-year highway spending plan includes more than $900 million for state-owned bridges and more than $1.2 billion for enhanced safety features and upgrades on state highways. The Des Moines Register reported the Iowa Transportation Department unveiled the estimated …

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Bill Allowing Insurers to Drop Drivers Axed by Arizona’s Brewer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/05/07/328531.htm Wed, 07 May 2014 16:05:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328531 Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed insurance companies to drop drivers from their coverage if their car was driven mostly out of the state. The bill would have affected college students and snow birds …

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Analysis: No Rise in Car Crashes in N.J. Despite End of Safety Checks http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/04/29/327593.htm Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:47:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=327593 New Jersey has not seen a rise in crashes caused by vehicle malfunctions since it stopped motor vehicle safety inspections in 2010. An analysis by The Record newspaper found vehicle malfunctions accounted for roughly 2 percent of all yearly accidents. …

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Ohio Man Sentenced for Theft in $9,000 Insurance Fraud Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/24/327150.htm Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:13:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=327150 Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced that Cleveland resident John Deskins was sentenced to two years of probation in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court for theft in an insurance fraud case. Evidence gathered by the …

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Another Auto Insurance Report for California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/08/325813.htm Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:20:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325813 Another player has entered the ranks of organizations that deliver a report relating to auto insurance in California every year. The “2014 California Car Insurance Landscape Report” released on Tuesday is the first of many regular reports to come from …

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Maine Insurance Bureau Announces New Online Auto, Homeowners Resources http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/04/08/325740.htm Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:21:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325740 Maine Governor Paul R. LePage and Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa recently announced that the Bureau of Insurance now offers new online resources for consumers who want to compare auto and homeowners insurance policies. Regulators said downloadable copies of policy forms …

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R.I. Regulators: Insurers Must Pay ‘Fair Market Value’ for Total Loss Vehicles http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/03/27/324646.htm Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:09:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324646 Rhode Island’s Department of Business Regulation, Insurance Division, issued a bulletin Monday stating that pursuant to the state law, auto insurers must pay the “fair market value” for a vehicle that is declared a total loss. R.I. Gen. Laws § …

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TNCs, Insurers Square off at California Hearing http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/21/324004.htm Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:06:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324004 Update: California Commissioner Dave Jones made his initial recommendations on insurance issues and transportation network companies. Update: Excess and surplus carrier James River Insurance Co. said it’s not leaving the business despite reports from some TNCs at a public hearing last week …

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Seattle To Regulate Rideshare Companies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/19/323696.htm Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:32:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323696 See related story: Uber Announces New Policy to Cover Gap The Seattle City Council passed a measure Monday that puts some regulations on rideshare companies that use smartphone apps to connect passengers with rides from drivers using their personal cars. …

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Prices for Ohio Auto, Home Insurance Below U.S. Average http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/17/323538.htm Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:59:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323538 An Ohio insurance industry trade association says homeowner and auto insurance costs for most Ohioans remain below the U.S. average. The Ohio Insurance Institute released a report saying Ohio has the sixth lowest average homeowners premium and the 10th lowest …

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Car-Sharing Service RelayRides to Pay $200K Penalty to New York DFS http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/03/10/322812.htm Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:53:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322812 New York State’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced its investigation has found that the car-sharing service RelayRides put New Yorkers at risk through false advertising, unlicensed insurance activity, and other violations. Officials said RelayRides will pay a $200,000 penalty …

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Connecticut Bill to Require Study of Road Treatments http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/03/06/322432.htm Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:57:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322432 Connecticut Transportation Commissioner James Redeker said on Feb.28 he’s willing to review whether it makes sense to add rust inhibitors to chemical road treatments used to clear ice and snow on state roads and highways, as his agency faces complaints …

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Nevada Insurance Fraud Trial Begins For County Analyst http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/05/322283.htm Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:06:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322283 Trial has begun in federal court in Las Vegas for a 49-year-old senior Clark County human resources analyst accused of conspiring with a dead former judge to steal $824,000 from an auto insurance company. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that …

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Consumer Watchdog in California Barks at Farmers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/27/321778.htm Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:49:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321778 Consumer Watchdog has petitioned Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones a public hearing on the new program private passenger auto filings of Farmers Specialty Insurance Co. The Consumer Watchdog petition seeks to compel Farmers and its affiliates to comply with Proposition 103′s …

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Seattle Mayor Warns of Uber Crackdown http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/27/321699.htm Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:04:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321699 Uber Technologies Inc. and other taxi services that let people summon drivers by smartphone might be shut down in Seattle if they don’t carry more insurance, Mayor Ed Murray said. “They have to start accepting a certain level of regulation,” …

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