Articles by Denise Johnson

Tire Blowouts Inevitable as 38M Americans Embark on Memorial Day Weekend Road Trips

An estimate by the National Safety Council suggests there could be as many as 439 deaths and an additional 50,500 serious injuries from auto crashes during the three-day Memorial Day holiday period. With more than 38 million Americans expected to …

Pedestrian Safety Focus of Multi-Agency Forum

Pedestrian fatalities increased six percent in the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014, according to preliminary figures provided by Dr. Richard Retting, a national practice leader for safety and research at Sam Schwartz Consulting. …

Ladder Safety Education Key to Reducing Falls

A significant number of workers’ compensation claims are related to the careless use of ladders, according to the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America. The insurer reviewed its claims data and found more than 1,660 ladder fall claims occurred between …

Disaster Fraud Rampant After Floods, Hurricanes

This year, extensive flooding has already affected parts of Texas and Louisiana. With more rain producing floods forecasted for the southern part of the U.S. this spring, the likelihood of disaster fraud increases. Disaster-related fraud affects auto, homeowners and commercial …

Carrier, Tech Company Test New Hail Weather Sensing Platform to Improve Claims Handling

Amica Insurance and Understory, Inc., a weather data and analytics company, recently announced the development of a new weather sensor and data analysis network to test hyper accurate ground level weather detection. According to the insurer, the new weather sensor, …

NICB Pushes Legislation on Cargo Theft, Aggressive Contractors

Assignment of benefits, aggressive contractors and cargo theft were the primary focus of legislation in a number of states this year, according to Alan Haskins, director of government affairs for the National Insurance Crime Bureau. In a podcast interview with …

Understanding Animal Liability Claims

An expert may be the single best defense in a case involving an animal causing damage or injury, according to a recent panel discussion on animal liability during the Property & Liability Resource Bureau annual conference in San Antonio. Experts …

Firewise Program Continues to Educate Homeowners on Wildfire Mitigation

The raging wildfire in Alberta, Canada, has prompted concerns in the U.S. that this wildfire season will be as bad as last year. In 2015, there were more than 68,000 wildfires in the U.S. making it one of the worst …

Motorcycle Safety Priority During Month-long Campaign

As weather conditions improve, motorcyclists will soon be out in force to enjoy riding during the spring and summer months. With an estimated 8.4 million motorcycles on the road as of 2014, according to the Federal Highway Administration, safety is …

Tips on Investigating Contents Claims Fraud

Recognizing the difference between hard and soft fraud can aid in investigating fraudulent contents claims, according to two Property & Liability Resource Bureau national conference panelists who spoke recently on the subject. Both Florida-based experts, Greg Nelson with UPC Insurance …