Texas auto insurance claims filed by the thousands, and they’re just getting started

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Insurers covering vehicles in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey expect hundreds of thousands of claims. Auto insurance claims have already started filing in as a result of Hurricane Harvey, but despite the high numbers, they’re just getting started. Insurance companies throughout the affected regions are bracing for hundreds of thousands more. In fact, as of last Thursday, the 100,000 mark had already been passed. “We do know that approximately 100,000 claims have come in,” said the Insurance Council of Texas manager of governmental and regulatory communications, Matt Stillwell. That trade…

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New law in Texas makes changes to auto insurance requirements

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New law targets ride-share companies, requiring them to have more insurance coverage A new law in Texas will require drivers for both Lyft and Uber to have more auto insurance coverage. The law also applies to all Transportation Network Companies and is meant to address concerns regarding a gap in auto insurance for drivers. Previous to the law, drivers were required to have a minimum of $30,000 per person injured in an accident, $60,000 per accident, and $25,000 in property damage per accident. Typically, this degree of coverage was enough…

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Drivers may be paying too much for auto insurance coverage

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Survey suggests that drivers are paying more than they should for insurance coverage Many drivers in the United States may be paying too much for auto insurance coverage, according to a survey from NerdWallet. The survey drew information from 1,000 zip codes throughout the country, including the average rates that insurance companies charge for covering drivers and their vehicles. The survey found that, on average, prices in auto insurance coverage varied by 154% based on zip code. NerdWallet suggests that those shopping around for coverage could find significant savings. Drivers…

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Homeowners insurance is more expensive in Texas

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Drivers in the state are also paying higher rates for their auto policies. According to an analysis of the latest data from the Texas Department of Insurance, the cost of homeowners insurance and auto policies in the state – particularly in the northern parts – is high and is becoming more expensive, this year. The average rates for both of those types of coverage have increased by double digits for many residents. The analysis, which was conducted by The Dallas Morning News, involved a look at the rates being charged…

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Concerns ignited over Uber’s auto insurance issues

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Uber catches the attention of insurance regulators in Texas Uber, a personal transportation company that is growing at an astonishing rate, is beginning to attract the attention of state regulators in Texas. The Insurance Council of Texas has voiced its concerns about Uber, noting that 20 other states throughout the U.S. are beginning to look into issues regarding auto insurance coverage and the company’s services. Gaps in auto insurance coverage could create dangerous situations for consumers that make use of Uber’s services. There are concerns regarding Uber’s policies on auto…

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Auto insurance card can be displayed on smartphones in Texas

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A new law means that drivers in the state will soon be able to show an electronic version of their proof of coverage. A new law has just been passed in Texas which means that in a short while, they will be able to use their smartphones to display a digital version of their proof of auto insurance coverage when they need to show this information to a police officer, someone with whom they have been involved in an accident, and other purposes. All that is required is that the…

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Auto insurance rates in Texas higher in families with teen drivers

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Parents are paying premiums up to 71 percent higher in the state because of these younger motorists. Parents of teen drivers in Texas are watching their auto insurance premiums skyrocket as they add their adolescent children to their policies, causing them to have to pay an average of 71 percent more than they used to. The parents in the state are finding the family premiums to become suddenly more difficult to afford. When teens are old enough to obtain their driver’s license, it is one of the most important and…

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