October Online Auto Insurance News Wrap-Up

Oct 31, 2011, 08:00 ET from Online Auto Insurance, LLC

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., Oct. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Plummeting profits, Bambi-related accidents, Michigan no-fault reform talks, a $433,000 broken ankle, new insurance laws and more. The following summary sheet wraps up a few of the most notable October auto insurance news developments covered at News.OnlineAutoInsurance.com :

  • PCI reported property/casualty insurers' profits were down 70 percent in the first half of 2011, compared with the first half of 2010. Losses on investments and a spike in natural catastrophes are two factors cited as contributors to the decline for some companies.
  • The Michigan Legislature moved toward reforming the state's no-fault system. The House Insurance Committee gave the OK to a bill that would eliminate lifetime coverage, an aspect unique to the Michigan system. The bill would replace lifetime benefits with a choice of four coverage levels. Forecasts for the fate of the legislation are mixed.
  • An AARP official says older South Dakotans may be having a harder time getting premium discounts. A law recently took effect erasing the requirement for insurers to offer price breaks to seniors who take safe-driving courses.
  • A new report from state officials shows insurers in West Virginia saw a 9 percent decline between 2009 and 2010 in the annual amount spent to cover comprehensive deer-vehicle crash claims. State Farm called West Virginia the state where deer-car collisions are most likely to take place.
  • The Michigan Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in a case involving Allstate and a $433,000 broken ankle. Whether Allstate should pay the claim revolves around the nature of a car door and the definition of "alighting" from a vehicle.
  • A Massachusetts agents association dropped a bid for a ballot initiative to ban the use of some socioeconomic factors when setting auto policy prices. The association is instead supporting a bill that would ban the practice of insurance scoring when setting car coverage rates.
  • Changes to the minimum amounts and applications of some coverage types in Wisconsin take effect Nov. 1. The potential effects of these changes are still being hotly debated.
  • Oklahoma's "no pay, no play" law also goes into effect on the first of November. The law will affect uninsured drivers who get into serious accidents.

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