Commercial Auto News

Kansas City Star: Changes Urged After Spike in Deadly Big Truck Crashes

Tractor-trailers and other large trucks aren’t required to have crash-avoidance technology, despite thousands of crashes annually and repeated calls for it to be mandated. Federal data shows that more than 4,300 people were killed in accidents involving semis and other …

Charter Bus Runs Off West Texas Road, Injuring 20

Twenty people have been taken to El Paso hospitals for treatment after a charter bus ran off a road southeast of the city. Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Elizabeth Carter says the accident happened along an Interstate 10 frontage …

AF Group Drives into Commercial Auto with Fundamental Underwriters

Lansing, Michigan-based AF Group is branching out from its traditional base in workers’ compensation into the specialty commercial auto insurance niche, driven by a new operating company — Fundamental Underwriters. With a focus on commercial trucking, Fundamental had a soft …

7 Dump Trucks Worth $1M Destroyed in Indianapolis Fire

Fire has destroyed seven 20-ton dump trucks in Indianapolis valued at more than $1 million. The Indianapolis Star reports that Indianapolis Fire Department crews were dispatched about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to an east-side trucking business. Battalion Chief Rita Reith reported …

Chocolate-Laden Trailer Goes Up in Flames in Iowa

That’s one way to burn calories. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that a semitrailer carrying chocolate from Hershey, Pennsylvania, caught fire Wednesday on Interstate 80 near Dexter in west-central Iowa. The Iowa State Patrol says the truck was headed …

Fire Damages, Destroys 5 Texas School Buses, Foul Play Not Suspected

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a fire that damaged or destroyed five Texas school buses parked in a transportation lot during spring break. A statement from the Coldspring-Oakhurst Independent School District says authorities do not suspect foul play …

Snow Causes 81-Vehicle Highway Pileup in Ohio

Authorities say a blinding, late-afternoon snow squall caused an 81-vehicle pileup on a major highway in central Ohio, but no one was seriously hurt. The crashes left vehicles crunched, tipped over and scattered at odd angles across lanes of Interstate …

‘Dancing with the Stars’ Bus Crashes in Iowa Pileup

Officials say a bus carrying the touring cast and crew of “Dancing with the Stars” was involved in a large pileup during a snow storm in central Iowa, but no one on the bus was seriously hurt. Iowa State University …

Commercial Automobile Remains Sore Spot in P/C: A.M. Best

The performance of the commercial automobile segment continued to deteriorate through third quarter 2017, according to a new A.M. Best report. Commercial auto has been a sore spot in the property/casualty for several years. Commercial auto insurers have tried to …

Investors in Litigation Financing Target Commercial Auto

Investor-funded litigation is not new but it is expanding its reach in commercial auto cases, according to experts in the field. Panelists at the 2017 Risk Management Summit in Las Vegas, Nev., addressed the growing trend of investor funded litigation …