New Michigan auto insurance law to become effective next month

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The new regulations meant to lower prices for drivers in the state will become effective July 1. On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the state Department of Insurance and Financial Services held a meeting to answer questions about the new Michigan auto insurance law. The meeting was meant to answer questions and provide more information about the regulations. The new Michigan auto insurance law was developed in the hopes of reducing the cost of the coverage. At the same time, it is meant to help keep up the highest options available…

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Auto insurance websites are more important to customer experience than agents

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A new J.D. Power study showed that insurer digital experiences now lead in satisfaction importance. The J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Auto Insurance Study released last week revealed that auto insurance websites have become more important to the customer experience than human agents for the first time. This was the first time in the 21-year life of the study that digital came out on top. The study found that auto insurance websites had a bigger impact on customer satisfaction than human agents. This suggests that if insurers want to score the…

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Progressive auto insurance premium growth slows due to COVID-19 crisis

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The pandemic hasn’t stopped the insurer from seeing a rise in its profitability. The short-term impact from the pandemic on Progressive auto insurance may turn out to be a rise in underwriting profitability while premium growth shrinks. S&P Global Market Intelligence conducted a monthly earnings report analysis on the insurer. The analysis revealed that Progressive auto insurance saw improvement in its personal vehicle combined ratio, but at the same time its premium growth was applying the brakes. That impact was recorded on both the month-to-month and year-over-year data for March…

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IIHS Autonomous vehicle risk study criticized by automakers

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The low crash estimates from new research underestimate the tech’s capabilities, say critics. Automakers involved in developing and manufacturing self-driving cars have criticized recent insurance industry research measuring the autonomous vehicle risk of crashes. The study suggested that only about one third of crashes on American roads would be prevented if the cars were driving themselves. The automakers argue that the study doesn’t take into account the full capability of the technology. The research was conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It involved an analysis of 5,000…

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Another Allstate auto insurance rebate is likely to be issued to policyholders

The insurer is moving to provide drivers with further relief as the pandemic continues to slash miles. The Allstate Corp insurer will likely issue another auto insurance rebate to its policyholders as a result of decreased driving habits throughout the pandemic, said the company’s CEO Tom Wilson. This additional reduction will be meant as a reflection of the ongoing driving reduction in certain areas. Allstate announced its first auto insurance rebate wave on April 6. At that time, it was returning over $600 million in premiums to its policyholders. The…

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Eased truck insurance premiums enforcement gives much needed relief in pandemic

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The goods transportation industry is fighting hard to keep up with new demands in a changing landscape. The trucking industry has stepped up to meet rapidly shifting needs in an evolving arena, but new relaxed truck insurance premiums regulations is offering some relief. This transportation is critical to making sure businesses and individuals have access to essentials. That said, while many truckers are certainly keeping busy, the truck insurance premiums that have been rising over the years have placed substantial pressure on these businesses as they fight to keep up.…

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Geico to offer $2.5 billion in auto insurance credits due to coronavirus stay-at-home orders

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The car insurer announced that it would be offering these discounts to motorcycle and vehicle policyholders. Geico announced this week that it would offer about $2.5 billion in auto insurance credits. The offers will go out to 19 million vehicle and motorcycle policyholders whose policies will renew between April 7 and October 7, 2020. The announcement was made by the car insurer in a published statement as well as in a tweet. The statement explained that Geico customers don’t need to take any additional action to take advantage of the…

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