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Do new cars reduce fatality for women in accidents?

August 19, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Women are safer driving newer cars, a new report by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests. Female fatality risk compared to male fatality risk is significantly reduced in newer vehicles, starting with model year 2000, the report finds.…

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Why B.C’s heat dome puts the industry on alert for wildfires

August 18, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

A heat wave building across western Canada and the Prairies could worsen wildfires, which have already burned more hectares this year over last despite fewer fires to date, one industry expert observes. This week, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan will…

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How tech is helping insurers mitigate equipment breakdown losses

August 17, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

The use of drones has accelerated some loss control operations in equipment breakdown insurance, but there are pros and cons to using these technology advancements says Doug Laurin, Director, National Energy & Equipment Breakdown at Intact. A benefit is that…

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Court orders Travelers to defend “your work” exclusion case in Quebec

August 17, 2022 by David Gambrill

Quebec’s Court of Appeal has rejected Traveler’s challenge of a Wellington-style motion that requires the insurer to defend a construction contractor in a “your work” exclusion case against Quebec’s attorney general. The appeal court also rejected Tuesday Traveler’s motion to…

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Deloitte report: How microeconomic factors will impact claims costs

August 17, 2022 by Philip Porado

Yes, overall inflation is high. One trip to the grocery store demonstrates that faster than a macroeconomics refresher lecture. So will a glance at Canada’s June 2022 Consumer Price Index, which jumped 8.1% over the prior year to mark its…

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Symptom validity test of auto victim upheld by doctor’s professional review board

August 16, 2022 by David Gambrill

Ontario’s overseer of medical health professionals has rejected a car accident victim’s complaint about an independent medical examiner selected by the auto insurer over the psychologist’s use of symptom validity testing. At the request of his insurer, the claimant saw…

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Why Deloitte doesn’t anticipate a soft market ‘for the next few years’

August 15, 2022 by David Gambrill

Canada’s commercial P&C insurance market may not soften “for the next few years,” said a report on the industry published by Deloitte. “While there may be products where the market becomes more competitive on new business with good claims experience,…

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Client anger: It’s getting tough out there for insurers

August 12, 2022 by David Gambrill

Saskatchewan’s privacy officer has allowed the government’s auto insurer to withhold portions of a claimant’s risk assessment, on the basis that revealing the information could conceivably lead to injury or harm to its employees. However, the privacy commissioner required Saskatchewan…

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Why extended hard market should be easier to explain to consumers

August 11, 2022 by David Gambrill

Consumers should be able to relate to inflation’s impact on goods and services — and hence, the impact on insurers’ claims costs — making it easier for brokers to explain the continuation of the P&C industry’s hard market cycle after…

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Where Aviva thinks insurers are feeling inflation’s impact most acutely

August 10, 2022 by David Gambrill

Inflation is wreaking havoc in all major lines of P&C insurance, but its effects seem to be most acute in auto insurance, particularly auto physical damage, reports Aviva Canada CEO Jason Storah. “The most acute impact we’ve seen so far…

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Why the basics count in construction loss prevention

August 9, 2022 by Philip Porado

Inflated materials costs, and a need for brokers and insurers to see to it that valuations for commercial structures closely track replacement costs, are frequently mentioned in conversations about risks for the building sector these days. But site safety is…

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Newfoundland’s largest wildfire in 60 years: what the P&C industry needs to know

August 8, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

A long-burning forest fire in Newfoundland has charred over 10,800 hectares, but one claims professional says they’ve yet to see any claims come through, since the affected areas are not densely populated.  The fire has been burning for close to…