Wells Fargo auto insurance scandal escalates with accusation of lying to Congress

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Senator Sharrod Brown put forth the allegations against the bank during a recent Senate hearing. The Wells Fargo auto insurance scandal has just escalated to a new level after accusations of lying to Congress last year. At a Senate hearing this week, Senator Sherrod Brown alleged that the bank failed to disclose a growing problem within the bank’s car insuring business. This has only worsened the situation for the bank which is already facing considerable scandal. “The company pure and simple lied to this committee — and lied to the…

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Auto insurance rates are headed skywards nationwide

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After an extremely deadly year in 2015, premiums are experiencing their largest rise since 2003. Across the United States, auto insurance rates have been rapidly climbing, with a six percent spike having occurred in April that represents the largest increase in the average premiums since 2003. The reason for the climbing car insurance premiums is that the last few years have been especially deadly on roads. According to Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association Executive Director Carole Walker, “Unfortunately, out on our roadways, we’re seeing a collision course of all of…

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Allstate launches usage-based auto insurance program in Alberta

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New insurance program could net drivers savings on premiums A new auto insurance program in Alberta, Canada, could give drivers a chance to save money on their coverage. Allstate has launched a new usage-based insurance policy in the province. The policy involves the use of telematic technology, which is designed to collect data on how a vehicle is being driven. This may be good news for safe drivers, as they will be able to obtain discounts on their insurance coverage. This data is collected over six months, giving Allstate the…

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Self-driving cars could have a major impact on the auto insurance space

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Report highlights the disruptive potential of self-driving vehicles Self-driving cars may soon become a reality, and they could have a major impact on the auto insurance space. A new report from Moddy’s Investors Services suggests that there are many liability implications for those involved in the development of self-driving vehicles. Both manufacturers and technology suppliers could face significant risks, with consumers likely facing fewer risks as liability shifts away from them. This is because self-driving cars take human error out of the transportation space, which is likely to lead to…

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Auto insurance legislation targeting ride-share companies has failed in Hawaii

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New legislation fails to pass committee New legislation in Hawaii that would require drivers working for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft to have a higher level of auto insurance coverage has been struck down by the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Committee. The legislation would have introduced more regulation to the transportation network company industry, which is growing quite rapidly throughout the United States. Both Uber and Lyft have been targeted by such legislation before, with lawmakers in some states showing concern over potential insurance gaps. Legislation would…

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Florida auto insurance costs more than coverage in most other states

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Research has shown that car coverage in the state costs up to 25 percent more than the U.S. average. According to newly released data from Insure.com, drivers in Florida are still facing very expensive auto insurance, to the point that they are paying up to 25 percent more than the average across the rest of the country. The report on the data analysis determined that Florida is the eighth most expensive state in the U.S. The average amount paid for auto insurance premiums in Florida was $1,654. When compared to…

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New auto insurance legislation may undermine the insurance industry in Minnesota

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American Insurance Association opposes new legislation proposed in Minnesota New legislation in Minnesota may change the way auto insurance is regulated in the state and it has received opposition from the American Insurance Association (AIA). AIA Midwest region vice president Steve Schneider has provided testimony to the Minnesota State Senate Commerce Committee, highlighting the fact that the AIA is opposed to the legislation taking hold. The organization has expressed concern that the legislation would completely rework state law without taking into account how this would affect the solvency of the…

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Auto insurance premiums expected to rise in Michigan

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Some 2 million drivers throughout the state may see higher rates Drivers in Michigan are likely to see higher auto insurance premiums this year. Some 2 million people could see a $40-a-year increase, unless a tax credit that benefits insurers is repealed. Governor Rick Snyder has proposed repealing the tax credit as part of his 2016-2017 budget proposal. Doing so would secure more funding for the state’s general fund and may be able to ensure that drivers do not pay higher rates for their coverage. Insurers are being reimbursed for…

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Homeowners and auto insurance premiums on the rise in Ohio

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Homeowners and auto coverage is growing more expensive in Ohio Auto insurance rates in Ohio are expected to rise in 2016, along with homeowners insurance premiums. The Ohio Insurance Institute has announced that auto premiums are set to rise by an average of 3.3%, whereas homeowners coverage will become 2.9% more expensive, on average. Even with the increases in premiums, Ohio is well below the national average in terms of the cost of auto and homeowners insurance coverage. In terms of homeowners coverage, Ohio is ranked the ninth lowest when…

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New auto insurance monitoring system has come to Louisiana

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Monitoring system aims to ensure that police can enforce insurance requirements A new auto insurance monitoring system has been put to effect in some parts of Louisiana. The system is meant to be used by law enforcement to ensure that drivers have the coverage they need in effect. Per law, all drivers must have their vehicles insured. This coverage lapses when they do not pay their premiums, but it can take some time for this information to update through conventional channels. The new system will help police better enforce the…

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