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Weed Warning: Legalizing Marijuana Tied to Rise in Crashes in 3 States by HLDI

Legalizing recreational marijuana use in Colorado, Oregon and Washington has resulted in collision claim frequencies that are about three percent higher overall than would have been expected without legalization, a new insurance report has found. The Highway Loss Data Institute …

IIHS Study Finds Rearview Cameras Can Reduce Backing Crashes

Rearview cameras are expected to prevent nearly one-in-six police-reported backing crashes, an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study has found. The IIHS is an Arlington, Virginia, headquartered independent, nonprofit research and communications organization dedicated to reducing highway crash deaths, …

Insurance Study Shows Vehicle Recalls Matter

How seriously should a vehicle owner take a recall notice? A new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shows that at least one type of recall corresponds to higher insurance losses, but the risk goes down after vehicle …

Motorcycle Injuries Rise After Helmet Laws Weakened: Study

The average medical claim from a motorcycle crash rose by more than one-fifth last year in Michigan after the state stopped requiring all riders to wear helmets, according to an insurance industry study. Across the nation, motorcyclists opposed to mandatory …

New Crash Avoidance Features Reduce Claims, Says Insurance Safety Institute

Advanced crash avoidance technologies include some clear success stories when it comes to preventing crashes, insurance claim analyses by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) show. Forward collision avoidance systems, particularly those that can brake autonomously, along with adaptive headlights, …

Data Show Risk Highest for New Motorcycle Riders

Jeff Foley got a motorcycle for his 40th birthday last year followed by the weekend training course that gave him a New York license. Within the first few months, the 450-pound, low-slung cruising bike fell over twice while he was …

Hybrid Cars Protect Passengers Better, But Cause More Pedestrian Crashes

Hybrid cars, heavier than conventional non-hybrid cars of similar models, have a safety edge when protecting their occupants from crash injuries, a new study found. But because hybrids are also quieter, they are more likely to get into crashes with …

Top 10 Most, Least Stolen Vehicles and Loss Payments

The Cadillac Escalade luxury SUV is the vehicle most likely to be targeted by thieves, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute, an insurance-funded group. Here are the vehicles most and least likely to be targets, and the average loss …

Volvo Technology Prevents 27% of Low-Speed Crashes: Insurance Study

Vehicles are doing a better job of protecting people in crashes, but a new crop of advanced technology aims to prevent many crashes from happening altogether. A new study by the insurance industry’s Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) finds that …