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Many Coastal Homeowners Remain Unfamiliar With Hurricane Deductibles

Almost five years after Superstorm Sandy, one third of homeowners in several coastal states are still unaware of hurricane deductibles and how they work, a new Insurance Research Council (IRC) poll has found. The findings come as the National Oceanic …

Workers’ Comp Affected by Changing Workforce

The workers’ comp industry is in for big changes as older workers continue to stay on the job longer and more Latinos are employed in the workplace. These changes to the U.S. workforce present employers with challenges to safety and …

Attitudes, Legal Standards’ Impact on Police Convictions

In the three years since fatal police shootings of unarmed black people launched the Black Lives Matter movement, few officers have been charged and none has been convicted by juries in the highest-profile deaths that inspired protests across the country. …

Legalized Recreational Marijuana Drives Increase in Crashes

Legalizing recreational marijuana use in Colorado, Oregon and Washington has resulted in collision claim frequencies that are about 3 percent higher overall than would have been expected without legalization, a new Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) analysis shows. This is …

Why Some Planes Don’t Fly in High Heat

When it comes to getting airplanes off the ground in broiling weather, it’s not the heat or the humidity. It’s the air density. Hotter air gets thin, making it harder to take off and land safely, mostly for smaller jets. …

Waymo Says Ex-Uber CEO Knew of Engineer’s Google Info

Ousted Uber Technologies Inc. head Travis Kalanick learned early last year that the engineer who until recently oversaw the company’s driverless car project possessed discs of information from Google, according to a court filing. Kalanick, who resigned under pressure Monday, …

NICB Reports 1% Increase in U.S. Watercraft Thefts in 2016

Reflecting a similar experience with vehicles, the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) annual watercraft theft report shows a one percent increase in watercraft theft in 2016, reversing a multi-year downward trend. A total of 5,116 watercraft were reported stolen between …

Fatal Pool Drownings Involving Young Kids Down 17% Since 2010

The number of reported fatal child drownings in swimming pools involving children younger than 5—the most vulnerable population—has decreased 17 percent nationwide since 2010, according to a report released last month by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Despite …

Auto Insurance News: N.C. Rate Hike, Delaware House Approves Reform

North Carolina Deal Clears Way for Average 2% Auto Insurance Rate Hike North Carolina’s insurance regulator says he’s reached a deal with auto insurers for a premium increase of just over 2 percent instead of the nearly 14 percent average …

People News: The Hartford, Snapsheet, Chubb

The Hartford Names Paiano Executive Vice President And Chief Risk Officer The Hartford named Robert Paiano chief risk officer to lead the company’s Enterprise Risk Management operations, effective July 1. Paiano succeeds current Chief Risk Officer Robert Rupp, who is …

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