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Can’t hear the ambulance? Turn down your radio

January 17, 2019 by David Gambrill

A B.C. driver has failed in his bid to receive a refund for his insurance premium increase and deductible after B.C.’s public auto insurer found him 100% responsible for failing to clear an intersection for an ambulance. A B.C. ambulance

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Industry in the dark on auto reform

January 15, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Nearly two years after David Marshall released his report on Ontario auto insurance reform, there is still no indication on where the government plans to go with it. “We haven’t had a concrete yes or no that they are going

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What you need to know about gap insurance

November 28, 2018 Matt Jones - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

About 85 per cent of new car buyers will use some sort of financing to pay for their vehicle, according to credit reporting company Experian. If you’re such a buyer, you can expect that during your purchase a car dealership

News Legal

Insurer prevails where vehicle driven without owner’s consent

November 22, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Alberta Motor Association Insurance Company does not have to pay a claimant who was injured while riding in a vehicle driven without the owner’s consent. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday it will not hear an appeal from Ashley

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Why this simple collision claim needed multiple forensic reports

November 21, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A motorist who was successfully sued for rear-ending a vehicle on an icy road has to reimburse the plaintiff $23,000 for forensic engineering reports. Margaret Ozimkowski was driving home from work Jan. 23, 2012 after dusk in freezing rain. She was

News Technology

A new technology that could reduce crash risk

November 12, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Could vehicle collision frequency drop once  fifth-generation (5G) cellular wireless technology rolls out in Canada? 5G wireless can allow vehicles talk to each other, said Peter Linder, head of 5G marketing for North America at Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson. “You can

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Root cause of commercial auto woes hard to pinpoint: Insurer CEO

October 25, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial auto losses have been worse than expected for The Travelers Companies Inc., and company officials are not exactly sure why. “It’s a line that has been challenged from a profitability perspective for a while,” Travelers chairman and CEO Alan

News ClaimsLegal

Appeal court nixes $100K awarded for lost income

October 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A plaintiff who was injured in an auto accident has had her award cut by $100,000 because she is not entitled to compensation for loss of income, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled. Yi Gao sued Brian Dietrich

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The lengths to which this lawyer went to represent her auto accident victim

October 4, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear the appeal of a personal injury lawyer who is out of pocket $30,000 after she tried to prevent a hospital from taking a vehicle accident claimant off life support. The lawyer

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Kingsway Financial to leave Canada

September 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Kingsway Financial Services Inc., which used to own Jevco and York Fire and Casualty, plans to relocate to the United States. Toronto-based Kingsway no longer writes property and casualty insurance in Canada, but it still has a Toronto head office

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This vehicle accident ‘speaks for itself’

September 22, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal from a motorist found to be liable for a single-vehicle collision. Brad Gaebel was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Gordon Lipka, who lost control after moving to the

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Court orders parent to produce underwriting file to prove she denied permission for her child to drive

August 16, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If a parent does not give permission to a child to drive the car, then if the child gets into a serious accident, a court could order the parent to produce the underwriting file to prove they did not grant