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Top court sides with insurer in unidentified vehicle coverage dispute

March 14, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A Supreme Court of Canada decision released today means Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company does not have to cover a claimant who says he drove off the road to avoid an oncoming vehicle. Andrew Funk was injured after he drove his

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How recreational cannabis has created numerous challenges for insurers

March 14, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Cannabis legalization is making things more complex for auto insurers and increasing risk for some commercial property clients, A.M. Best Company Inc. suggests in a recent report. About 25 insurers, most of whom are non-admitted, provide coverage for cannabis risks

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Honda recalls 83,977 vehicles in Canada to replace Takata air bag inflators

March 12, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Honda is recalling about 1.2 million vehicles in North and Central America because their Takata air bag inflators can explode and send shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The recall affects 83,977 vehicles in Canada and includes many Honda

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What Alberta is doing to reduce collision risk

March 6, 2019 Colette Derworiz - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – Drivers using Google Maps are getting a last-minute warning as they approach some photo radar camera locations. The feature, which is currently being rolled out by Google, allows users to see speed limits, speed cameras and mobile speed

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One politician’s idea for reducing the severity of school bus crashes

March 1, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Seatbelts with shoulder harnesses should be mandatory on all school buses, an opposition member of Ontario’s provincial parliament told Canadian Underwriter Friday. “We should have the use of three-point seat belts on school buses to prevent injury and even death,”

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AB case generates massive confusion around “but for” causation test

February 21, 2019 by Jason Contant

A recent Ontario accident benefits case has highlighted ongoing confusion about how to identify and apply the proper causation test — including the contentious “but for” clause. The case revolves around whether the “but for” test of causation or the

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400 plus vehicles written off since acid spill on B.C. highway last year: ICBC

February 19, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

TRAIL, B.C. – British Columbia’s public auto insurer says about 450 vehicles have been written off since sulphuric acid spilled along a busy commuter route near Trail, B.C., in two incidents last spring. The Insurance Corp. of B.C. says there

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A driver is convicted of assault after a collision. Is the vehicle’s owner vicariously liable for the crash?

February 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The registered owner of a pickup truck could be held liable for injuries to an accident victim even though the at-fault driver of the pickup truck was convicted of assault as a result of a collision, the Court of Appeal

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Aviva rolls out automated claim notification at collision reporting centres

February 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Motorists insured by Aviva Canada will no longer have to make their own first notice of loss (FNOL) to the carrier if they report the accident to a collision reporting centre. This is because Aviva Canada is rolling out an

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This major airport setup poses serious crash risk: TSB

January 31, 2019 Colin Perkel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO _ A poorly laid out runway complex and pilots distracted by required tasks have led to potentially catastrophic situations at Canada’s busiest airport, federal safety authorities said on Thursday. The finding comes from an investigation into 27 runway incursions

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Hundreds of collisions in aftermath of Toronto snow storm

January 30, 2019 by Jason Contant

A winter storm that dumped nearly a foot of snow on Toronto and surrounding areas over a 24-hour period has also caused hundreds of collisions. From a claims perspective, there has not been a “significant increase” in claim activity, one

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Multiple trucking violations by Humboldt semi driver noted in government report

January 29, 2019 Bill Graveland - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MELFORT, Sask. – A Saskatchewan government report says the driver of a semi-truck should not have been on the road the day he flew through a stop sign and caused a crash with the Humboldt Broncos team bus. The report