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Human driver distracted before fatal autonomous Uber crash

June 22, 2018 Tom Krisher and Jacques Billeaud - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHOENIX – The human backup driver in an autonomous Uber SUV was streaming the television show “The Voice” and looking downward just before fatally striking a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix, according to a police report. The 300-page report released Thursday

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Ontario Election 2018: Trailing Liberals promise auto insurance discounts

June 4, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Polls show the Ontario Liberals will not likely govern the province after the election this Thursday but, for what it’s worth, a vote for Liberal candidates is a vote for insurance discounts for motorists who use apps intended to discourage

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How long will it take before distracted driving campaigns take hold?

May 16, 2018 by Jason Contant

Similar to drunk driving campaigns that took years to take hold before people realized others were getting injured or killed and that it was unacceptable, distracted driving campaigns may also take a while to fully work, Aviva Canada’s chief underwriting

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Your client texts a driver who crashes. Is your client liable?

April 23, 2018 by David Gambrill

Look for Canadian case law to impose secondary liability on texters who distract drivers with their email messages, akin to social host liability, a senior claims executive at Travelers predicts. “If I text someone while driving, and they get into

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MPI reveals estimated insurance costs of distracted drivers

April 10, 2018 by Jason Contant

The direct insurance costs associated with distracted driving in Manitoba are estimated to be at least $70 million per year, the province’s government auto insurer reported recently. Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) spokesperson Brian Smiley told Canadian Underwriter that direct insurance costs

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Ontario MPP says roadside suspensions for distracted driving “might be reasonable”

March 21, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Roadside suspensions for motorists caught using wireless devices while driving “might be reasonable,” an Ontario government MPP told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. Ontario already has “strong rules on the books” against distracted driving, Arthur Potts, parliamentary assistant to Ontario transportation minister

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What Ontario needs to do to reduce auto insurance costs

March 20, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If Ontario motorists want lower insurance rates, the government will have to take a harder line on distracted driving, a former Ontario civil servant said Monday. Fraud in the collision repair industry and distracted driving are among the issues that

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Some provincial plans to crack down on distracted driving go too far: lawyer

March 20, 2018 Steve Lambert - THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – A group that represents defence lawyers says some proposed laws aimed at cracking down on drivers distracted by hand-held electronic devices go too far. Manitoba and Ontario are two provinces planning to let police temporarily suspend the licences

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B.C. experiments with tech that blocks handheld use while driving

March 7, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A telematics trial intended to address distracted driving in British Columbia is now underway. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia said March 2 it is “working with 139 drivers” in the province on a pilot project intended to block the use

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Millennials admit to driving distracted: Allstate survey

March 6, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadians think Millennials behind the wheel are most likely to drive distracted – and the majority of Millennials appear to agree, according to a new poll conducted by Leger for Allstate Insurance Company of Canada. Eighty per cent of Canadians

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Some Assembly Required

February 27, 2018 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Auto lines across Canada are in dire need of repair right now. In a fairly benign year, with virtually no major catastrophe events, the Canadian property and casualty industry still came dangerously close to losing money, posting a relatively disappointing

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RSA Canada joins chorus of insurers seeking auto rate increases

February 23, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Distracted driving and the cost of repairing vehicles equipped with the latest technology are among the reasons RSA Canada is looking to increase auto insurance rates across Canada. “We have seen a trend of increasing frequency [of collisions] which we