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SUVs More Deadly to Pedestrians Than Passenger Cars, Says Insurance Safety Study

SUVs are more likely than passenger cars to injure or kill pedestrians, according to a new U.S. insurance industry study which recommended design changes to improve safety. Sport utility vehicles “seem to be more deadly to pedestrians than cars are,” …

Edge Computing, Supply Chains, Deepfakes Among 2020’s Top Emerging Risks: Swiss Re

Pandemic threats were once on the list of potential emerging risks facing the insurance industry and society. Now that this risk has materialized with the COVID-19 crisis, it is perhaps a good time to take a look at the latest …

How Coronavirus Could Add Additional Stress to D&O Insurance Market

Players should expect the directors and officers insurance market to “undergo radical changes” based on 2019 results and the “unprecedented turbulence” created by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an A.M. Best report. A.M. Best expects that the efforts to address …

Chief Risk Officers Believe U.S. Coronavirus Losses Could Top S&P’s $15-$30B Estimate

Analysts for Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings shared a view that U.S. underwriting losses from COVID-19 would fall in the $15-$30 billion range. However, risk officers speaking at a rating agency conference last week said the estimate is light. S&P …

Global Restrictions Substantially Slowed Coronavirus Spread, Research Says

New research shows that the restrictive measures taken around the world to slow the spread of the coronavirus have delivered considerable health benefits. Public health measures including social distancing and lockdowns have prevented more than 500 million additional coronavirus infections …

Autonomous Vehicle Firms Dispute Insurance Study’s Low Estimate of Crash Prevention

Companies working on self-driving vehicles have criticized an insurance industry study suggesting that only a third of all U.S. road crashes could be prevented by driverless cars, arguing that the study has underestimated the technology’s capabilities. The study by the …

Coronavirus Lockdowns Substantially Slowed the Pandemic, Research Says

New research shows that the restrictive measures taken around the world to slow the spread of the coronavirus have delivered considerable health benefits. Public health measures including social distancing and lockdowns have prevented more than 500 million additional coronavirus infections …

Past Decade’s Natural Disasters Broke Records for Economic, Insured Losses

The past decade broke new records in terms of economic damages and insured losses, according to Aon’s latest catastrophe report. The costs to global economies reached US$2.98 trillion between 2010 and 2019, which was US$1.19 trillion higher than 2000-2009, said …

Catastrophe Scenarios Highlight Need to Better Understand Cyber Risk

As the cyber insurance market has continued its rapid growth, its loss vulnerabilities have become increasingly clear. A new report from Guy Carpenter and CyberCube Analytics has identified potential loss scenarios in the current market that run in the billions …

California Workers’ Comp Medical Payments Declined Again in 2018

Medical payments in California’s workers’ compensation system continued to decline in 2018 as the medical payments per claim decreased, according to a report from the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California. The WCIRB released its California Workers’ Compensation Aggregate …