Louisiana News

Louisiana Town Still Without Police Chief, Liability Insurance

Efforts to revitalize the Sorrento Police Department in Louisiana seem to be stagnating while the police chief’s position sits vacant and the days pass without anyone actively seeking liability insurance for the department. Mayor Mike Lambert told The Advocate that …

BancorpSouth Insurance to Acquire Louisiana’s Knox Insurance Group

BancorpSouth Insurance Services Inc., a subsidiary of BancorpSouth Bank, headquartered in Tupelo, Miss., is acquiring Lafayette, La.-based Knox Insurance Group LLC (Knox) in a transaction that is expected to close immediately, BancorpSouth announced. Financial terms of the pending transaction were …

Louisiana Truck-Bus Crash Caused by Texting, State Police Say

Texting while driving is thought to be cause of an accident in Louisiana involving a Calcasieu Parish school bus and a pickup truck that sent one student and the bus driver to the hospital. State Police Sgt. James Anderson tells …

Audit: Louisiana Needs to Improve Record of Bridge Inspections

Louisiana needs to improve its bridge inspections because they fall short of compliance with federal guidelines in place for making sure bridges are safe, according to an audit released April 7. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office said the state Department …

Specialty Risk Associates Adds Faust as Commercial Lines Underwriter

Shreveport, La.-based Specialty Risk Associates Inc. announced that Cody Faust joined the firm as a commercial lines underwriter. Prior to joining Specialty Risk, Faust worked in marketing and business development for a general agency. He has four years of experience …

Louisiana Senators Keep Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law Intact

Louisiana motorcyclists still must wear helmets, without exceptions. The Senate Transportation Committee killed a proposal by Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, that would have allowed people 21 and older to ride without a helmet if they complete a safety training …

Forklifts, Louisiana Uninsured Motorist Coverage and Unasked Questions

In perusing judicial decisions, it is not unusual to discover answers to questions one never thought to ask. One such question is whether a forklift is a “motor vehicle” under uninsured/underinsured motorists (UM) statutes, and, if so, would the UM statute …

The Leavitt Group Opens New Office in Houston

The Leavitt Group has opened a new office, Risk Services – Leavitt Insurance Agencies, in Houston. The agency will be co-managed/owned by Vladimir Chemadurov and Rob Eppers. In the South Central region, Utah-based Leavitt Group also has existing offices in …

Cohen Joins SSA Insurance Services in Louisiana

Excess and surplus insurance broker and managing general agent, SSA Insurance Services, has added Madelyn Cohen to its executive team in Louisiana. Cohen’s responsibilities at SSA will include acquiring and developing new markets, commercial and personal line placements, recruiting new …

Bill Banning Cellphone Use While Driving Stalls in Louisiana

It appears Louisiana drivers won’t face new limits on their cellphone use. An annual effort seeking to prohibit hand-held cellphone use by motorists stalled in the House Transportation Committee. After facing widespread resistance, Republican Rep. Mike Huval of Breaux Bridge, …