Study Ranks Driving Skills of Californians 39th in U.S., Nevadans 40th

WIAA

California and Nevada motorists rated an average grade of 77 out of 100, which placed California 39th and Nevada 40th among all states and the District of Columbia, according to a report by the website Everquote that made evaluations based on the percentage of drivers who use phones while on the road, speed, accelerate [...]

Owner of Hotel Cleaning Firm in California Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud

Insurance Journal

Hyok Kwon, owner of Good Neighbor Services, a janitorial company that provided services to some of San Diego’s most exclusive hotels and resorts, has pleaded yesterday to seven felonies, including premium and employment tax fraud.

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Dummies Taking Hits for Drone Safety

Bloomberg, Insurance Journal

Hank sat impassively on a Virginia Tech athletic field, ready to take it on the chin for the future of drone commerce.

About 30 yards away, an eight-rotor unmanned copter hovered, buzzing like a swarm of bees. The 21-pound drone tilted forward, accelerated sharply and slammed into Hank’s head, smacking the crash-test [...]

California Fault Could Yield M7.4 Quake, Study Shows

Insurance Journal

An earthquake fault running from San Diego Bay to Los Angeles is capable of producing a magnitude-7.4 earthquake that could affect some of the region’s most densely populated areas, according to a new study.

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How Tattoo Artists Are Like Dentists

Insurance Journal

Getting a tattoo may hurt, but giving one is no picnic, either.

That’s the finding of what its authors say is the first study ever to directly measure the physical stresses that lead to aches and pains in tattoo artists—workers who support a multibillion-dollar American industry, but who as independent contractors often don’t [...]

Driver Deaths Rose 6% in 2016, Topping 40,000

Bloomberg, Insurance Journal

U.S. motor vehicle accident deaths last year topped 40,000 for the first time since 2007 as cheap gasoline and a healthy economy encouraged motorists to drive more, according to new estimates released by the National Safety Council.

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Supreme Court Refuses to Block NFL’s $765 Million Concussion Accord

Insurance Journal

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand the National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement, turning away contentions by former players that the accord won’t adequately compensate them for the brain damage they may have suffered.

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Drivers Leaving Keys for Thieves a Growing Problem, Says Insurers’ Crime Bureau

Insurance Journal

Last year, one out of every eight car thefts was a freebie for the thief because the driver left the keys or the car access device inside.

It’s a growing problem according to a report from the insurance industry’s National Insurance Crime Bureau(NICB). The 57,096 thefts with keys left in the car in [...]

Why Claims Under Americans with Disabilities Act Are Rising

Insurance Journal

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title III lawsuits are up 63 percent over 2015, according to law firm Seyfarth Shaw.

ADA Title III prohibits businesses open to the public from discriminating on the basis of disability. The act applies to a variety of businesses and restaurants, including warehouses, movie theaters, schools, office buildings, [...]

Americans Put Too Much Faith in Homeowners Insurance

Insurance Journal

Too few Americans take steps to prepare for disasters and too many assume their home insurance policies will bail them out if one strikes.

As disaster season peaks, a new national consumer survey commissioned by Trusted Choice and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”), reveals that many homeowners [...]

July Continued Earth’s Record-Setting Hot Streak

Insurance Journal

As more than 100,000 Americans flee destructive wildfires in California and floods in Louisiana, earth sends yet another reminder that the worst is yet to come: a new record for planet-wide heat.

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Researchers Say Bounce Houses Raise Heat Safety Concern

Insurance Journal

Heat safety issues in bounce houses can put children in danger, according to a new University of Georgia study.

Expanding on the concept of microclimates like those in parked vehicles that cause serious injuries to children, the study investigated potential heat-related risks associated with bounce houses, which create a microclimate environment similar to [...]