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How Travelers won appeal over Ontario accident benefits dispute

June 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When an Ontario woman was catastrophically injured in an accident in a Nunavut-plated vehicle in Nunavut, that vehicle’s insurer was initially told it had to pay Ontario accident benefits to the claimant. But in Travelers Insurance Company of Canada v.

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How these two insurers are serving customers during the pandemic

March 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Most Desjardins agency offices are now dealing with customers over the phone and Internet, while CAA Club Group has closed its Ontario stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Desjardins agents are continuing to focus on servicing our clients,” a spokesperson

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Where to find travel coverage for thrill-seekers and pre-existing conditions

July 19, 2019 by Jason Contant

CAA Travel Insurance has introduced two new endorsements for thrill-seekers and travellers with pre-existing conditions. The products, an Adventurous Air Activities Rider and a Seven-Day Pre-Existing Condition Rider, include coverage that is not typically available in standard travel insurance policies,

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Don’t count on self-driving cars being just around the corner

May 29, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If you are led to believe most of your clients will get around in self-driving cars within a decade, you might want to think again. “Autonomous vehicles will likely not be on our roads for at least another 25-30 years,

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This aspect of automated vehicle technology is confusing your clients

May 28, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Is it your client’s fault if they got into an accident in a partly-automated vehicle because they failed to understand exactly what the car’s computer could and could not do? “I’m sure it will be fought in court battles over

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Why this insurer is spending $20 million on bricks-and-mortar stores

April 4, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

When CAA Insurance clients want to visit an agent in person, company officials want those clients to feel as if they are in a home rather than an office. This is one reason CAA Club Group has spent $8 million

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New insurance coverage for shared travel accommodations

March 21, 2019 by Jason Contant

Has your client booked travel accommodations through platforms like Airbnb, HomeAway and Trip Advisor? If so, they are now able to get insurance coverage for trip cancellations and interruptions. CAA Travel Insurance announced Wednesday it has added a new feature

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Insurer reacts to new distracted driving penalties

January 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The new licence suspensions and $500 minimum fines for distracted driving should remind Ontario motorists not to text and drive, a spokesperson for CAA South Central Ontario predicts. “We hope this is going to serve as a deterrent,” CAA SCO

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CAA Insurance parent agrees to buy Echelon Insurance

November 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

CAA Club Group has agreed to buy non-standard auto insurer Echelon Insurance for $175 million, the companies said Friday. The deal will allow CAA Insurance to reach new markets and customers, CAA Club Group president Jay Woo wrote in an

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Tow referral fee rules ‘hard to monitor and enforce,’ insurer warns

August 23, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Auto insurance providers should remind motorists that in the event of an accident, it is usually the driver – not the tow truck operator – who decides where the car gets towed. Motorists often don’t know what rights they have

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Improved traffic management cheapest way to reduce congestion: CAA

June 6, 2018 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – The Canadian Automobile Association says there are a number of simple measures that could be taken to reduce congestion on roads across the country. A CAA-commissioned study released last year estimated the country’s worst bottlenecks result in 11.5

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Here’s one way that lower auto insurance rates could increase profits

May 24, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

With new technology-driven auto insurance on the horizon, some motorists will drive less and buy insurance from carriers who target low-mileage vehicles, the founder of a comparison shopping provider suggests. Several Ontario auto insurers will probably launch products similar to