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Desert, Central California Cities Have State’s Best Drivers: Report

Slow-paced, sprawling Visalia ranks first in California and seventh nationally as safest among the 200 largest U.S. cities in terms of car collision frequency. Allstate Insurance Co. on Tuesday released its 10th annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report,” which contains new data rankings and …

Boston Is Tops When It Comes to Risky Drivers: Study

Drivers in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, are the most accident-prone in the U.S., landing at the bottom of an annual ranking of the nation’s 200 biggest urban areas by Allstate Corp. Worcester’s drivers have a collision every 4.3 years on …

Study: Opioid-Related Deaths Cut by 25% in Medical Marijuana States

On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws. That’s according to a new multi-institutional study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine and led by researchers …

Settlements Against Uninsured New Mexico Rail Service Reach Nearly $8M

New Mexico’s commuter rail service has received a free ride while taxpayers have shelled out nearly $8 million to settle damage claims against the Rail Runner Express, according to state records. The Rail Runner, until last month, didn’t pay premiums …

IRC: Uninsured Motorists a Perplexing, Pervasive Concern

A new report shows there hasn’t been much ground gained in the battle to reduce the number of uninsured motorists on the road, and there’s nowhere experts can point their fingers as an explanation of the pervasive problem. From a …

Louisiana State Police Now Selling Crash Photographs Online

The Louisiana State Police (LSP) announced it is now possible to order crash photographs online at www.lsp.org. To order, the driver’s or pedestrian’s first and last name, parish of the crash, and date of the crash must be provided. Fatality …

California Windshield Repairer Ordered To Pay Insurer $1.4M

The owner of a Sonoma County windshield repair business accused in a fraudulent billing scheme has been ordered to pay Allstate Insurance and the state of California more than $1.4 million. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported the judgment against …

UnitedHealth’s $173M Fine May Be Warning to P/C Insurers

A decision by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to fine UnitedHealth Group $173.6 million for violations having to do with the Unfair Business Practices Act, the Unfair Insurance Practice Act and unfair claims settlements may be a wakeup call for not …

Montana and Arizona Lone States Without Texting Laws, but Does it Matter?

Arizona and Montana stand out as the only states without some form of texting and driving law, but some studies show there’s no evidence that laws intended to curb cellphone use behind the wheel reduce crashes. Fourty-four other states plus Washington, …

Widows of Arizona Firefighters File Additional Claims

Two Granite Mountain Hotshots’ families are seeking to obtain additional death benefits from a state retirement system for public safety workers. The widows of Andrew Ashcraft and William Warneke filed claims last month with the city of Prescott, stating their …