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Fatal Arizona Crash Involves Uber Autonomous Car
A self-driving car from Uber Technologies Inc. hit and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday evening, what is likely the first pedestrian fatality involving a driverless vehicle. In response, Uber quickly halted its self-driving cars as the incident …

POSTED MARCH 19, 2018 5:37 PM
Drivers Ignore Safety Laws, Continue Texting
Safety regulators still have no idea just how deadly the combination of mobile phones and cars can be, but mounting evidence paints a grim picture. The latest disconcerting data come from a massive study by Zendrive, a San Francisco-based startup …

POSTED MARCH 19, 2018 3:18 PM
Helicopters With Open Doors, Tight Restraints Grounded
Federal regulators, spurred by a deadly helicopter crash into a river, ordered a temporary nationwide ban on open-door flights that have tight seat restraints that could trap people during emergencies. The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday grounded the flights amid …

POSTED MARCH 19, 2018 9:22 AM
Rapid Building Technique Gets Scrutiny After Florida Bridge Collapse
As the 950-ton concrete bridge section was swung into place over a highway last weekend, Florida International University officials were beaming with pride. The pedestrian bridge on the edge of the Miami-area campus was a signature achievement of the school’s …

POSTED MARCH 19, 2018 9:07 AM
Survivor of South Dakota Building Collapse Files Lawsuit
A woman who survived beneath rubble for hours after a 2016 building collapse in Sioux Falls, S.D., is suing the developer and construction company. Emily Fodness was sleeping in an apartment above the Copper Lounge in December 2016 when Hultgren …

POSTED MARCH 19, 2018 8:32 AM
Rise in Fraud Related to Hit While Parked Auto Claims
Personal auto fraud involving hit while parked claims is on the rise, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. A large portion of the estimated 120,000 claims reported each year to the NICB relate to personal auto claims, said Special …

POSTED MARCH 19, 2018 8:28 AM
Georgia High Court Rules Against Fiat Chrysler in Jeep Fire Case
Georgia’s highest court on Thursday ruled against Fiat Chrysler, which had appealed a $40 million judgment awarded to the family of a 4-year-old boy who died in a Jeep fire. Remington “Remi” Walden died in 2012 after a Jeep Grand …

POSTED MARCH 19, 2018 8:27 AM
Forecasters Issue Fire, Crop Damage Warnings Across U.S. High Plains
The amount of moisture received across the United States’ southern high plains since October has been ridiculously low, and forecasters warned Friday that the intensifying drought has resulted in critical fire danger and some winter wheat crops being reduced to …

POSTED MARCH 19, 2018 8:13 AM
Helicopter Trade Group Fought Open-Door Tours for Years
The leading trade group for helicopter operators has, for at least two years, urged a halt to open-door tours such as the one March 11 that ended in the death of five people in the East River off Manhattan. The …

POSTED MARCH 16, 2018 2:34 PM
Solar Storms Are Driverless Cars’ Cosmic Weakness
Self-driving cars are still working to master the snow. It turns out that excessive sun can also pose a problem for the coming wave of robot drivers. The threat comes from solar storms, those occasional eruptions of vast amounts of …

POSTED MARCH 16, 2018 2:26 PM

News – Insurance Journal

Survey: Houston, Dallas Worst Cities for Towing Hassles
Houston and Dallas rank number one and two on the list of U.S. cities with the most hostile towing markets for consumers, and Texas is the state most in need of pro-consumer towing reforms, according to a national towing survey …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2018 12:29 AM
Wisconsin Study: Helmets Reduce Neck Injuries in Motorcycle Crashes
A study of University of Wisconsin Hospital trauma patients found that motorcyclists who don’t wear helmets are twice as likely to suffer neck injuries in crashes compared to those who use helmets. The study looked at more than 1,000 patients …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2018 12:21 AM
Bussard Promoted to Underwriter at Arlington/Roe in Ohio
Jennifer Bussard has been promoted to commercial lines underwriter at the Ohio office of managing general agency and wholesale insurance broker Arlington/Roe. Bussard is a graduate of Franklin University and holds the Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Associate in General …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2018 12:18 AM
35 Counties in Indiana Designated Disaster Areas, Cancellation Moratorium in Place
On March 16 Gov. Eric Holcomb declared four more counties as disaster areas, bringing to of 35 the number of counties covered by disaster emergency declarations issued since Feb. 24. The state has been beset by widespread flooding and infrastructure …

POSTED MARCH 20, 2018 12:15 AM
Uber Halts Road Tests After Autonomous Car Hits, Kills Pedestrian in Arizona
Uber Technologies Inc. halted autonomous vehicle tests after one of its cars struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, in what is likely the first pedestrian fatality involving the technology. The woman was crossing the road outside of a …

POSTED MARCH 19, 2018 5:40 PM
UK Government, Regulators to Examine Potential Risks from Cryptocurrencies
Britain’s government and regulators will look in detail at the potential risks from cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, British junior finance minister John Glen said on Monday. Glen said there had been an “explosion of growth” in crypto assets like bitcoin, which …

POSTED MARCH 19, 2018 4:29 PM
Title Insurer Amrock’s Lawsuit Backfires to Tune of $706M
An affiliate of mortgage-lending firm Quicken Loans Inc. filed a fraud suit to back out of a software deal with a housing data-analytics firm, serving the complaint at a trade show in front of the startup’s customers and calling the …

POSTED MARCH 19, 2018 4:05 PM
State Commissioners Assist Puerto Rico Insurance Department
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) says that since January, 10 state insurance departments have sent more than 20 regulators and NAIC has sent staff to support the office of Puerto Rico’s insurance commissioner. Puerto Rico has been recovering …

POSTED MARCH 19, 2018 4:02 PM
Spinner Joins Creative Risk Solutions in Des Moines
John Spinner as joined the Creative Risk Solutions (CRS) team as an assistant vice president in Des Moines, Iowa. CRS is a subsidiary of Holmes Murphy & Associates. Spinner will lead the client services team at CRS, where he will …

POSTED MARCH 19, 2018 4:01 PM
FAA Grounds ‘Doors-Off’ Helicopter Tours After New York Crash
Federal aviation regulators are grounding “doors-off” helicopter tour flights in which passengers are tethered to the aircraft as a result of the March 11 crash in New York that killed five people. The Federal Aviation Administration is taking immediate actions …

POSTED MARCH 19, 2018 3:44 PM

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