Commercial Auto News

Truck Driver: Distraction a Factor in Fatal Oklahoma Crash

The driver of a tractor-trailer that crashed into a bus and killed four college students on Interstate 35 in southern Oklahoma told investigators he was distracted. Russell Staley, 53, of Saginaw, Texas, was traveling northbound on Sept. 26 before crossing …

Chicago Rideshare Law Requires $1M Commercial Auto, $1M CGL Cover

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of legislation that would have implemented statewide regulation of commercial rideshare organizations, or Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), put the spotlight on the Chicago rideshare ordinance that was passed by the city council in late May. …

Semitrailer Wrecks in Texas Panhandle Caused by High Winds

Texas authorities say strong winds in the Texas Panhandle have caused the rollovers of two highway semitrailers. A Department of Public Safety spokesman tells the Amarillo Globe-News that two people were injured in a wreck Sunday afternoon near Goodnight. Another …

GEICO Lowers Commercial Auto Rates in Virginia

GEICO is introducing lower rates in Virginia for commercial auto insurance customers, including contractors, retailers, caterers, professional services and other businesses. Small business owners in particular need commercial vehicle insurance packages to cover their cars, trucks and vans used on …

Williston, North Dakota Cracks Down on Unlicensed, Uninsured Taxis

The Williston, N.D., city commission has approved a new taxi cab ordinance that will fine drivers for operating a vehicle without a city license or insurance. The Williston Herald reports that the rules came after complaints from several taxi drivers …

Top Loss Leaders in the Oil Patch? Commercial Auto, Workers’ Comp

There’s no doubt that new advancements in the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are driving the current production boom in the oil patch. The technique, which is used to retrieve oil and gas reservoirs that previously were inaccessible via …

North Dakota Tries to Stem Oil Region Traffic Deaths

Despite efforts to improve roads and safety enforcement, traffic fatalities in North Dakota’s drilling regions keep climbing while the rest of the state’s roads are getting safer. Traffic deaths in six western counties rose last year to 63, from 54 …

Commercial Auto Insurers Still Struggle to Profit: Fitch

Commercial automobile insurers reported a third consecutive year of underwriting losses in 2013. According to an analysis by Fitch Ratings, the combined ratio came in at 106 for 2013 compared with 107 for 2012. In a special report, “Commercial Auto …

SeaFire Seeks Agency Partners for Dealership Programs in Oregon and Idaho

Overland Park, Kan.-based SeaFire Insurance Services is seeking new agency partners in Oregon and Idaho for its auto dealer and repair insurance program. SeaFire will consider appointments for retail insurance agencies with scale, brand, resources and auto dealer expertise. Agents can …

Stratton Agency Acquires Willis Retail Pizza Program

Stratton Agency, an independent insurance brokerage in San Carlos, Calif., has acquired Willis Insurance Services retail pizza program. This purchase, initiated by the PizzaSurance division, includes hundreds of pizzeria clients in 38 states across the country. PizzaSurance by Stratton Agency …