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Early Bills Filed for 2019 in Texas Include Insurance-Related Measures

Lawmakers have begun filing bills in the Texas Legislature for the legislative session that begins in January 2019. Among the bills filed so far that relate to property/casualty insurance include: HB 259: Relating to named driver insurance policies and certain …

Nevada Gets Federal Grant to Improve Pedestrian Safety

The state of Nevada has won a $40,000 federal grant to make streets safer for pedestrians. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the awarding of the grant Monday to the Nevada Department of Public Safety. Reno police say the …

Pedestrian Deaths Double This Year on Oahu Despite Safety Measures

The number of pedestrians killed on Oahu has doubled this year despite enforcement of laws aimed curbing risky walking behaviors. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports 26 pedestrians have been killed so far this year, increasing from the 13 pedestrian deaths recorded …

Mercury General in California Reported 3Q Income of $58.6M

Mercury General Corp. reported third-quarter net income of $58.6 million. On a per-share basis, the Los Angeles-based insurance carrier said on Monday it had profit of $1.06. Earnings, adjusted for investment costs, were $1.11 per share. The auto insurance company …

Insurer Group Hammers Claim that California Prop 103 Saved Drivers Billions

The insurance industry is taking exception to a new report commemorating the 30th anniversary of one of California’s primary auto insurance laws that claims the law has saved drivers billions of dollars. The Consumer Federation of America reported on Wednesday …

Remnants of Tropical Storm Causes Flooding, Traps Arizona Cars

Remnants of a tropical storm drenched parts of the desert Southwest this week, trapping some drivers on swamped streets of Phoenix, Ariz. as authorities prepared for possible flash flooding in the state, central Utah and elsewhere. Rosa, a hurricane that …

Big Increase in Pedestrian Fatalities in Hawaii

The state Department of Transportation says pedestrian fatalities have increased by 525 percent from the same time last year. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported 25 pedestrians have died as of Sept. 13 this year compared with four deaths last year in …

Spike in New Mexico Traffic Deaths in August

New Mexico saw a spike in traffic fatalities in August as a deadly crash involving a passenger bus and a semi-trailer killed nine people. Preliminary data compiled by the state Transportation Department and the University of New Mexico shows more …

Curbing Teens’ Distracted Driving Focus of Oklahoma Initiative

Several state agencies in Oklahoma, including the insurance department, are working together on an initiative to curtail distracted driving among teenagers. Oklahoma law bans texting and driving but despite that, there’s evidence that young drivers in the state are the …

Northern California Wildfire Rages, Abandoned Trucks Litter Highway

An explosive wildfire closed down dozens of miles of a major California freeway only weeks after a nearby blaze that left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people. The Delta Fire erupted Wednesday afternoon and within hours had devoured nearly …