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HTMLTop Personal Auto Insurers See Decline in Underwriting Profits
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 30, 2015, previously published on December 29, 2015
Fitch Ratings is reporting a dip in profitability in underwriting for private passenger auto insurance. The decline in profits over the first nine months of 2015 is due to increases in claim severability and claim frequency, which in turn may be caused by increased driving. These findings dispel...

 

HTMLCommercial Drivers Get Added Protection against Coercion in New FMCSA Rule
Erik M. Dullea, James R. Mulroy; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 30, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2015
A regulation issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will give commercial truck and bus drivers additional protection from being coerced into violating federal motor carrier safety regulations. The rule, which was proposed in May 2014, goes into effect on January 29, 2016.

 

HTMLEvidence in a Commercial Truck Accident Case
Wilshire Law Firm;
Legal Alert/Article
December 30, 2015, previously published by Wilshire Law Firm on December 24, 2015
Following a commercial truck accident, the negligent truck driver and his or her employer should be held liable for any damages that you sustained. However, companies in the commercial trucking industry (worth hundreds of billions of dollars) have the wealth and resources to hire investigators,...

 

HTMLFTC to Address U.S. Auto Distribution System
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 21, 2015, previously published on December 18, 2015
The Federal Trade Commission has announced that it will host a workshop on the U.S. auto distribution system on January 19, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The workshop is intended to focus on competition issues arising from state regulation of the distribution system, as well as how that regulatory...

 

HTMLCalifornia Takes First Step Toward Regulation of Autonomous Vehicles
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 21, 2015, previously published on December 18, 2015
California has developed preliminary regulations for autonomous vehicles, anticipating the day when they will be offered for sale. The proposed rules impose additional certification requirements on users; permit manufacturers to lease, rather than sell, the driverless cars; and make the user,...

 

HTMLIllinois Appellate Court Erodes the "Unavoidable Collision" Doctrine
Andrew Bell; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2015, previously published on Spring 2015
Your driver is traveling along a highway with the right of way and approaching an intersection when a driver at a stop sign suddenly pulls out in front of your driver. There is a terrifying crash. The driver of the auto and two passengers are killed. Under the facts, one would certainly think that...

 

HTMLThe Potential Value of Telematics in Insurance Claims Handling
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 14, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2015
Through vehicle telematics, data on a wide variety of driving behaviors (acceleration, deceleration, braking, and more) can be obtained through the vehicle’s engine control units (ECUs). Such data is already being used by insurers in pricing and underwriting, but the new frontier for...

 

HTMLUS Regulators Seek To Upgrade Crash Safety Ratings and Test Dummies
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 11, 2015, previously published on December 10, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) has recently proposed to update its five-star crash-test rating system to account for changes in technology. The proposal was motivated in part by an increase in highway fatalities—despite a general decrease in such...

 

HTMLNew Samsung Development Team To Focus on Autonomous Vehicle Components
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 11, 2015, previously published on December 10, 2015
Samsung has recently announced its intention to create a team, separate from its existing business units, to focus on development of next-generation automobile components. The components will be designed for use in autonomous or internet-connected vehicles. The announcement, Samsung’s first...

 

HTMLGoogle’s Autonomous Vehicles: Slow Speeds, Adapting to Emergency Situations, and a Minor Accident
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 10, 2015, previously published on December 9, 2015
As the development of Google’s driverless car progresses, the company recently reported on topics such as its slow speed, it’s reaction to emergency signals, and accident updates. First, one of the vehicles was stopped by police last month for driving too slowly (24 mph in a 35 mph...

 


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