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US Medical Uninsured Rate and Number Up from 2017

Healthcare of course is one of the key issues in the ongoing UAW GM strike. Continue reading

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Travelers Attacks Distracted Driving, Cybersecurity, Weather

“We saw great engagement throughout our symposia series in 2018 and look forward to continuing to raise awareness of important social topics across the United States and Canada,” said Joan Woodward, President of the Travelers Institute and Executive Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers. Continue reading

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In the Weeds – Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis

Marijuana’s role in crashes isn’t as clear as the link between alcohol and crashes. Many states don’t include consistent information on driver drug use in crash reports, and policies and procedures for drug testing are inconsistent. Continue reading

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Happy New Year or is that Old Year? Impaired-Driving Still Remains Primary Cause of Deaths

The first four states with legalized recreational marijuana use saw as much as a 6% increase in vehicle crashes compared with neighboring states without such laws, according to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute. Continue reading

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GM Collision Repair Network Growing

“Collision repair professionals are telling us they see how the Network can help make their business more efficient, speed up the repair process and give confidence that vehicles are repaired accurately and safely,” said John Eck, collision manager, GM Customer Care and Aftersales. Continue reading

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More Automated Driving R&D Underway at Toyota

Through this alliance, the three companies will work toward achieving “freedom of movement for all” and a “society with zero casualties from traffic accidents.” While these goals are a cliché in automated driving releases, scant evidence exists that this will happen beyond the fact that there is a lot of work underway in the area. Continue reading

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Laws Mandating DUI Interlocks Save Lives

Twenty-eight states, the District of Columbia and four California counties have some type of interlock requirement that applies to first-time offenders. If all states without such laws adopted them, more than 500 additional lives could be saved each year. Continue reading

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Pennsylvania State Police Crash Reports Now Online

Pennsylvania law states that only certain parties may access a crash report, including those involved in the crash, their attorney, and their insurance company. Continue reading

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Hoffa: Opioid Use Due to Broken System

Opioid drugs, including prescription painkillers and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people in the U.S. during 2015, a record. The epidemic is straining public services and state budgets. Continue reading

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Top Ten Future Collectible Cars in 2017 Production

Ten vehicles in production by automakers stand out as the likeliest to grow in value and appeal as collectible cars to enthusiasts, claims Haggerty. Continue reading

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Amica Auto Claims Adjust Converts to IBM MobileFirst for iOS

Amica is equipping170 adjusters with iPad Pro and iPhone 6 loaded with Claims Adjust, providing secure, immediate access to individual claims data anywhere in the field. Continue reading

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Web Aided Auto Insurance Shopping Grows

Compare.com, a comparison auto insurance website in the United States, has added Amica Mutual so it will be providing quotes in California and Texas starting this month. Continue reading

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California Only State Where Auto Insurance Rates Fell

Nevertheless, California auto insurance companies earn higher profits than the national average, and the market ranks fifth most competitive in the nation using the standard applied by the U.S. Department of Justice. Continue reading

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Aluminum Ford F-150 Top IIHS Safety Pick, but Criticized, not for the First Time on Repair Costs, which could be Premature

However, IIHS said the F-150 extended cab only turned in a good performance in four of five assessments. The problem is the small overlap front test just a marginal rating for occupant protection in a small overlap front crash. The results are the first ratings for large pickups in a group the Institute is evaluating this year. Continue reading

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Rising Auto Insurance Rates have People Shopping, but Not Necessarily Switching

Increases in Auto Insurance rates by an average of 2.1% nationwide in 2014, following an increase of 2.5% in 2013 have many customers shopping for a new insurer, but few are actually switching insurers. Continue reading

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