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Roadside licence suspensions for impaired drivers faces court challenge

January 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The British Columbia law intended to immediately get impaired drivers off the road could be headed – yet again – to the Supreme Court of Canada. Canada’s top court announced Jan. 10 that Larry Edward Lemieux has applied for leave

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Could auto liability cover negligent parenting lawsuit?

January 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you allow your child to ride in a vehicle allegedly driven by an impaired driver, and your child sues you for negligent parenting, does the vehicle liability policy cover you? Not as it stands. But the question could be

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Why Sonnet asked for a 50% auto rate increase in Nova Scotia in 2020

January 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Online direct writer Sonnet has been under-charging auto clients in Nova Scotia who have fewer than 20 years’ experience or less, but that is about to change. As a result of rate changes approved Thursday, the premium increase will be

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Did the threshold for special awards against insurers just sink lower?

January 9, 2020 by David Gambrill

A recent decision of the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) concerning an ice fishing accident in Ontario shows that insurers cannot simply rely on the opinions of medical assessors when determining a claimant’s needs, according to one insurance defence lawyer. In

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Why phone evidence fell short in this triple-collision fraud lawsuit

January 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An insurer suspicious about a vehicle accident obtains evidence that the occupants of the different vehicles were talking by phone to one another. But without knowing exactly who was talking and what the vehicle occupants were talking about, this type

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Alberta strikes panel to review auto insurance, won’t bring back rate cap

December 27, 2019 Dean Bennett – THE CANADIAN PRESS

Alberta is reviewing auto insurance in the province to ensure that the industry can remain viable and drivers can get affordable coverage. Finance Minister Travis Toews says Albertans are paying some of the highest rates in Canada but are having

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What Santa delivered to Ontario auto insurers

December 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Sugar plums are likely dancing in the heads of at least some Ontario auto underwriters as a result of a series of developments over the past year. When the government released its budget this past April, it included a bunch

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The hidden cost of Ontario auto accident injuries

December 16, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than half a million Ontarians receive some form of government disability support and an advocate for claimants suggests many of these are caused by motor vehicle accident injuries. “At the end of the day, unpaid claimants don’t just go

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Is there a doctor in the court? Psychologist’s evidence is not good enough for verbal threshold, court rules

December 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Correction Notice: In an earlier version of this story, L&A Mutual was identified as the defendant’s insurer, which is the insurer identified in court documents. However, Aviva has since identified itself as the defendant’s insurer.   When a driver is

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Would driver training reduce risk for dump trucks and buses?

December 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Could commercial auto risk be reduced if training was mandatory for drivers of dump trucks, buses and 20-foot cube vans? It’s a question Ontario’s transportation ministry is looking at, the province announced in its recent auditor general’s report. Formal training

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Chain of Command

December 4, 2019 By Emily Atkins, Freelance Writer

TD Insurance now owns several auto repair centres, yet another example of an insurer buying into the supply chain

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What it takes to be convicted of driving with no insurance

November 20, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

When an Ontario motorist fails to produce proof of insurance and is charged as a result, police do not have to prove the vehicle is actually uninsured. So says Justice David Rose of the Ontario Court of Justice in R.