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Why complex cars create costly problems

February 28, 2024 Philip Porado

An acute shortage of semiconductors is a big contributor to rising auto claims costs for auto insurers. “That’s had a significant impact in certain types of cars,” says Paul Gilbody, president of ClaimsPro Canada. “A huge amount of electronics now

E-scooter accidents are going to cause problems for Canadian cities because of vague insurance rules and lax enforcement.
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Lax e-scooter insurance spells trouble for Canadian municipalities

February 12, 2024 Philip Porado

Based on what’s taking place in other jurisdictions, lawsuits over accidents involving e-scooters will likely rise in Canada – particularly in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, where some municipalities permit their use on public streets, park trails, or sidewalks. Municipalities

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How accident claims hit rideshare drivers’ personal auto policies

January 26, 2024 Philip Porado

There seems to be a disconnect between drivers and their insurers about the ability to access personal auto coverage when driving for food delivery or rideshare companies like Uber, Lyft and others. While there’s no hard data to quantify a

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Do auto clients ask for trouble by hiking deductibles?

December 15, 2023 Philip Porado

During the recent renewal cycle, many personal auto customers opted to increase their deductibles to reduce their annual premiums. Now, those decisions are leading customers who’ve been in accidents to delay pursuing claims because they don’t have enough cash on

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How economic woes hike minor accident claims

December 13, 2023 Philip Porado

Current economic conditions have people stressed, and it’s showing up in personal auto claims, said Jesica Ryzynski, a claims specialist with Mitch Insurance. Minor at-fault accidents among insureds are taking place more frequently, she told CU, with many taking place

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How new vehicle tech is changing the auto theft equation

December 11, 2023 Philip Porado

There’s a small upside to Canada’s current auto theft wave, industry sources have told Canadian Underwriter. Thieves’ adoption of technologies that can capture vehicle key fob signals means criminals no longer need to resort to violent methods like carjacking to

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Can car dealerships manage insurance risks from vehicle thefts?

November 27, 2023 Philip Porado

Car thefts began rising across Canada in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and have been climbing ever since – fuelled by organized crime rings using new technologies to steal key fob codes and take vehicles while their owners are asleep.

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Is FSRA planning to license aggregators?

October 6, 2023 Philip Porado

Ontario’s insurance regulator has confirmed it is considering whether or not aggregators need to be licensed. Since August, when Ontario’s financial services regulator issued a report outlining concerns about auto insurers’ compliance with take-all-comers requirements, Canada’s P&C insurance industry has

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How auto insurance will navigate a world with self-driving cars

October 4, 2023 Tim Crljenica, Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP

Self-driving cars have been a part of visions of the future for decades, and what was once only imaginary has started to become reality. Not only do self-driving cars exist, but five U.S. states (Arizona, California, Michigan, New Hampshire and

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What insurers pay to repair EVs

September 11, 2023 by David Gambrill

Although electric vehicles in Canada cost an average of $1,328 more to repair than vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE), EVs are less likely to be written off as a total loss, says a Mitchell report. The cost of the

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How potholes lead to serious brain injuries for e-scooter riders

September 8, 2023 Brittany Sinclair, B.Sc., P.Eng. 30 Forensic Engineering

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on the biomechanics of rider falls from e-scooters. Part 1 appeared Aug. 25.   Road safety is directly linked to maintenance standards. In Ottawa, the city’s recommended maintenance quality standard

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What carriers are offering auto customers seeking lower premiums

September 1, 2023 Philip Porado

Car thefts are way up in Canada and that’s got the attention of property and casualty (P&C) insurers. Thefts have risen particularly fast in the greater Toronto area, Montreal and some other parts of Quebec, noted Paul Gilbody, SVP operations