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A plaintiff suffered a concussion a year before the accident – how this should affect loss of income award

June 17, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The Court of Appeal for British Columbia has doubled a tort award, for loss of future earning capacity, for a motor vehicle accident victim who had suffered several concussions before he badly injured his head in a rear-end collision. On

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How Intact views auto claims severity during pandemic

May 14, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The long-tail nature of motor vehicle liability and auto accident benefits claims means a temporary drop in total miles driven due to the pandemic does not necessarily equate to a corresponding drop in premiums for your clients, Intact executives suggest.

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The ‘unfair advantages’ in commercial auto

April 13, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

New commercial auto clients may suffer an unfair disadvantage if they operate small truck fleets, an Ontario broker suggests. In Ontario, individual truck drivers who decide to start their own trucking firm may have no option but to have their

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Why mom is not liable for son’s traffic collision driving mom’s car

April 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

When a parent says no to a child who wants to drive the car, and the parent does not leave the keys out in the open to be easily found, the child does not in fact have the parent’s consent

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Why Intact says an upward correction in auto rates could be imminent

April 1, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Motorists could be hit with more premium increases once driving levels return to pre-pandemic levels, Intact Financial Corp. CEO Charles Brindamour suggests. During the early part of 2020, Canada’s auto insurers had a collective combined ratio in auto more than

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Why more auto insurers may opt for UBI

March 30, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario motorists can expect to see more insurers offering telematics now that the province is allowing carriers to impose surcharges on risky drivers. “The bottom line is that insurance companies always want to find the right price for a risk

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Aviva reacts to new Ontario towing restrictions

March 3, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Aviva Canada is supporting new provincial towing restrictions on some Toronto area provincial expressways. On some sections of road, a single towing company will be contracted to remove private passenger vehicles that need to be towed, the Ontario government announced

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February auto sales down 10% from year ago due to lockdowns and supply chain disruptions

March 3, 2021 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Canadian auto sales in February were down nearly 10 per cent compared with February 2020, the last full month before the lockdowns began due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to estimates compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants auto sales

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Intact CEO’s forecast for auto rate relief in 2021

February 24, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

It could be up to a year before driving habits return to normal, but don’t expect many of your clients to pay less for auto insurance. Those were a couple of key takeaways from a recent Intact earnings call. “It

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Telematics surcharges arrive for Ontario auto

February 5, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario motorists who choose usage-based insurance could now be hit with surcharges if telematics data shows they have risky driving behaviour. The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) removed its UBI Guidance this past November, a FRSA spokesperson told Canadian Underwriter

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Telematics: Who’s jumping into the pool and who’s watching from the deck

January 28, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Auto insurers are taking a variety of approaches to telematics: Some are observing from the sidelines, while others report growing interest from consumers. The Travelers Companies Inc. introduced IntelliDrive in Canada last week, as Michael Klein, president of personal insurance

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When GAP insurance is an ‘easy profit maker’ for auto dealer

January 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Guaranteed Asset Protection is one way for automotive dealers to make money from consumers who make large down payments on their new vehicles, an automotive columnist suggests. GAP insurance is intended to protect consumers who borrow money to buy their