Are Automated Driving Features in Your Car Really Safeguarding You?

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The rise of automated driving features has promised a future of hands-free convenience and enhanced safety. But are these advanced systems living up to their assurances, keeping drivers out of harm’s way? A recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) forces us to confront the efficacy and safety of these technologies head-on. Partial Automation, Full Concerns Study Highlights Only one of 14 partially automated systems tested earned an “acceptable” rating. The majority of systems received a “poor” rating; none received a “good.” Marketing by some automakers…

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Revolution or Invasion? Automakers Sharing Driving Data with Insurance Companies

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In the recent article titled, “Automakers Are Sharing Consumers’ Driving Behavior With Insurance Companies,” by the New York Times,  the argument unfolds around the alliance between automakers and insurance firms. The central tenet of the paper uncovers a practice where car manufacturers transmit driving behavior data to insurers. This article explores the potential ramifications on insurance premiums, privacy concerns and consumer habits. The Impact on Insurance Premiums The sharing of driving data stands to revolutionize the insurance industry. On one hand, it can be a boon for safe drivers who…

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Sky-High Condo Association Insurance Rates Upend Lives, Rattle Industries

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Sweeping Increases Overwhelm Condo Associations and Owners In a dramatic turn of events that’s sending shockwaves through homeowner communities, insurance rates for condo associations have surged drastically. Across the nation, residents and HOA’s are overwhelmed with increases ranging from 50% to over 500%, with states like Hawaii and Florida facing staggering hikes due to their vulnerability to hurricanes. Financial Shock Hits Retirees Hard The cost of property insurance, the most significant expense for Hawaiian Homeowners Associations, has seen a dramatic rise. For instance, a 400-unit project that previously had an…

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Judge Rules on Allstate’s Million-Dollar Typo

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A case that pitted a Bend, Oregon couple against Allstate Insurance over a mistakenly high settlement offer culminates with the insurer’s error deemed non-binding by federal court. Court Rejects Allstate’s $1M Error The legal saga unfolded when Debra and Kevin Kilroy thought fortune had smiled on them, misled by a typo-infested settlement letter from Allstate which followed Debra’s traumatic encounter with an off-leash dog in 2020. A Painful Mishap with Life-Altering Consequences Debra, while walking on a local trail, suffered multiple fractures after being injured by the Great Pyrenees. The…

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Insuring Salvage Title Autos: Important Facts for Auto Owners

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When a vehicle gets a salvage title, it means it’s seen better days, often due to significant damage or theft. This label affects everything from auto insurance to resale value, presenting a set of unique challenges and considerations for owners. Understanding the implications of a salvage title is crucial for anyone considering buying or insuring such a vehicle. Understanding What a Salvage Title Means A salvage title is assigned to a vehicle that has been deemed a total loss by insurance companies due to damage or theft. This designation occurs…

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