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Investigation continues after van dragged pedestrian several blocks

October 21, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A 24-year-old woman must undergo multiple surgeries to reconstruct her face after a van dragged her for several blocks in downtown Vancouver last weekend An online fundraising page for the woman, only identified as Desiree, says doctors at

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How much does auto insurer owe an injured claimant who cannot go to school?

October 11, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Saskatchewan’s government-run auto insurer has won a victory of sorts before the Supreme Court of Canada arising from a disputed accident benefits claim, although the carrier lost its key argument. Canada’s top court announced Thursday it will not hear an

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Brokers react to public auto insurer’s online ambitions

October 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Motorists in Manitoba should be able to get online insurance services – such as change of address – but brokers should have some involvement in these processes, an official with the province’s brokers’ association told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. “We are

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B.C. opposition calls for competition in auto insurance

October 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s Liberal Party, ousted from power in the 2017 election, is calling for an end to the monopoly that a Crown corporation has had on auto insurance since the 1970s. “The B.C. Liberal Caucus believes introducing market competition will

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Why this distracted driving ticket got cancelled

October 7, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – The son of a 71-year-old woman ticketed for distracted driving in downtown Vancouver says a $368 citation issued to his mother has been cancelled by police with an apology. Trevor Kramer says his mother, Randi, was ticketed Monday

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How liability works when pedestrian wearing dark clothing gets hit at night in crosswalk

October 2, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The wife of an Abbotsford, B.C. insurance broker has been awarded nearly $574,000 as a result of a vehicle accident, but the award would have been $765,000 had the plaintiff not been found partly liable for the accident. She was

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Preventing distracted driving is a top priority for brokers

October 1, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers are focused on preventing distracted driving, which is near the top of the agenda for the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC). Kent Rowe, IBAC’s new president, told Canadian Underwriter that distracted driving is part of a nascent federal

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One way to convince regulators to relax auto rate rules

September 27, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Artificial intelligence may be able to help auto insurers convince regulators to relax certain prohibitions on rate restrictions, the founder of an A.I. vendor suggests. In Ontario, insurers are prohibited from using several factors – such as certain at-fault accidents,

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How OEMs may soon be eating insurers’ lunch on claims services

September 27, 2019 by David Gambrill

A world is coming in which auto manufacturers will be nibbling away at typical claims services offered by the insurance community, a collision repair expert told delegates attending the National Insurance Conference of Canada (NICC) last Monday. Speaking at a

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How lax regulation is letting people with vision problems drive

September 27, 2019 Langis Michaud, Professeur Titulaire. ecole d'optometrie. expertise en sante oculaire et usage des lentilles corneennes specialisees, Universite de Montreal - THE CANADIAN PRESS

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. A recent tragic pile-up on a major highway near Montreal has

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Intact loses court battle over voiding auto policy for misrepresentation

September 26, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If an Ontario auto insurer discovers a client made a material misrepresentation or non-disclosure in its application, could the insurer treat the policy as invalid to begin with? Not now. Or at least, not if the fact situation is the

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‘Boilerplate’ reasons for denying auto claims don’t cut it: Court

September 25, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario’s Divisional Court ruled this week against Aviva Canada, which wants to challenge a Licence Appeal Tribunal ruling in favour of an auto accident benefits claimant. The case involves how Aviva denied the claim, which was to check a box