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How costly is the fire peril for Canadian insurers?

December 13, 2018 by Jason Contant

The traditional fire peril continues to cost Canadian insurers, with fire/explosion accounting for almost a quarter (23%) of commercial claims by value, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) said in its new Global Claims Review report, released Thursday. AGCS analyzed

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Risk factors at Humboldt Broncos crash intersection identified in report

December 12, 2018 Ryan McKenna - THE CANADIAN PRESS

REGINA – A consulting firm says sight lines are a safety concern at the rural intersection where the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash happened. A 70-page safety review done for the Saskatchewan government says a stand of trees, mostly on

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Insurer calls for online database of auto fraud perps

December 7, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Health clinics and auto repair centres involved in auto insurance fraud should be named in an online database that is easily accessible to consumers, Aviva Canada suggests. “The fact that there is a small but sophisticated minority out there who

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Training will be mandatory for semi-truck drivers in this province

December 3, 2018 Ryan McKenna - THE CANADIAN PRESS

REGINA – The Saskatchewan government is introducing mandatory training for semi-truck drivers almost eight months after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Starting in March, drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial license will be required to undergo at least 121.5 hours

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Auto insurers’ bitter costs dispute draws rebuke from judge

November 29, 2018 by David Gambrill

A bitter cost dispute between two auto insurers over an abandoned court action has led to a rebuke from a judge, who ordered Wawanesa to pay Dominion its legal fees. In doing so, Ontario Superior Court Justice Darla A. Wilson

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Why this simple collision claim needed multiple forensic reports

November 21, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A motorist who was successfully sued for rear-ending a vehicle on an icy road has to reimburse the plaintiff $23,000 for forensic engineering reports. Margaret Ozimkowski was driving home from work Jan. 23, 2012 after dusk in freezing rain. She was

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Insurers weigh in on how automated vehicles should be covered

November 15, 2018 by Jason Contant

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has recommended a single insurance policy to cover driver negligence and automated technology to facilitate liability claims associated with autonomous vehicles. “The automated vehicle’s insurer would compensate injured people if the automated vehicle caused

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Company calls for tow truck operator training standards

November 14, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Tow truck drivers should not be allowed to hook up and haul vehicles damaged in collisions without some sort of certification above and beyond a driver’s licence, says CAA South Central Ontario. “If you have a Class G driver’s licence,

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Is seven months too long to wait for car repairs?

November 14, 2018 by Jason Contant

A B.C. small claims tribunal has dismissed a driver’s claim that his repair shop negligently misrepresented the amount of time it would take to repair his vehicle. Jizhou Zhang sought an award of $4,500 for the loss of use and

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How often are people scamming insurers with cheque fraud?

November 14, 2018 by Jason Contant

Insurance fraud is again in the news, after a Moncton, N.B. man was sentenced to 30 days in prison and 18 months probation for illegally intercepting two insurance cheques sent to an Aviva Canada insured. Just how prevalent is cheque

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Homeowner sued by victims of impaired driving accident

November 12, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A host liability lawsuit, arising from a fatal drunk driving accident, is proceeding to trial in Ontario. A recent Court of Appeal for Ontario ruling shows judges disagree on how the 2006 Supreme Court of Canada ruling in Childs v. 

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A new technology that could reduce crash risk

November 12, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Could vehicle collision frequency drop once  fifth-generation (5G) cellular wireless technology rolls out in Canada? 5G wireless can allow vehicles talk to each other, said Peter Linder, head of 5G marketing for North America at Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson. “You can