Monthly Archives: May 2012

BIG Rigs Drive Big Risk for Cars




For Immediate Release from IINC

May 23, 2012

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FRESNO — When big rig trucks and cars collide, the laws of physics determine the outcome. Most often, the smaller vehicle bears the brunt of the damage.


The Insurance Information Network of California, the California Highway Patrol and the California Trucking Association have joined forces to focus attention on truck and car driver safety this Memorial Day weekend. In a live demonstration held today at Fresno Downtown Chandler Airport, expert drivers highlighted the dangers of big rig blind spots and physical stopping distance, which is significantly greater than that of cars and SUVs. CHP officers reinforced the need for motorists to understand
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Ins. Commissioner Dave Jones and Consumer Watchdog announce submitting signatures for their Health Insurance Rate measure


NORWALK — Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and members of Consumer Watchdog announce submitting “800,000 signatures in support of the Health Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act,” say measure would give Insurance Commissioner ability to “reject excessive rate hikes.”


10:30 a.m., Office of Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder, 12400 Imperial Highway. Contact: 916 251 6538.


Event also available here on Ustream.

Senator Juan Vargas Calls on Insurance Commissioner to Investigate Intervenor Program after ConsumerWatchdog Hauls in $6.2 Million in Fees

By Steve Maviglio  California Majority Report

State Senator Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) today called on the California Department of Insurance to take action on a state program that allows consumer groups to intervene in insurance rate cases and announced his intention to ask for a hearing on the program.


According to the Department of Insurance, just one group has dominated the Insurance Department’s “intervenor” program since Prop 103 was passed. It has been the only group to participate since 2007 and has charged more than $6.2 million in fees.


“The Department should broaden its outreach to all Californians that have a legitimate interest in their insurance rates,” said Senator Vargas. “We must get
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Dry winter portends busy California wildfire season

By Peter Fimrite  San Francisco Chronicle

There have already been more than 800 wildfires in California this year – nearly triple the number for this time last year – prompting state fire officials this week to warn residents to prepare for what could be an infernal summer.


A shortage of rain and snow has left the state unusually dry, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Such dry conditions have led in the past to some of the state’s worst fire seasons, which is one reason why Gov. Jerry Brown declared this week Wildfire Awareness Week.


“What we’re seeing is unusual fire behavior and activity, and even though we’ve managed to
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Calif. groups say bill is attempt to overturn SC decision

By John O’Brien

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Some groups are worried that a bill amended in the California Senate still seeks to overturn an August decision by the state Supreme Court that was a blow to plaintiffs attorneys.

As originally introduced, Senate Bill 1528 would have allowed an injured plaintiff to recover the entire cost of his or her medical care, not what was actually paid by an insurance company. Before the court’s ruling, plaintiffs were eligible to be reimbursed for the retail rate of their care, not what was negotiated and actually paid for by an insurance company.

“We hold no such recovery is allowed, for the simple reason that
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Google Received Nation’s First License to Test Self-driving car on Public Streets

By Michelle Rindels  San Jose Mercury News

LAS VEGAS — Nevada drivers could soon be sharing the road with vehicles that don’t need them.


Department of Motor Vehicles officials said Monday they’ve issued Google (GOOG) the nation’s first license to test self-driving cars on public streets, after conducting demonstrations on the Las Vegas Strip and in Carson City that show the car is as safe — or perhaps safer — than a human.


“It gets honked at more often because it’s being safe,” said Nevada DMV Director Bruce Breslow.


Self-driving vehicle technology works like autopilot to guide a car — in this case a modified Prius — with little or no intervention from a
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Officers Reach Out to Teen Drivers

By Kate Cagle  CBS Local 2, Palm Springs

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens in the United States.  As prom and graduation season approaches, police and insurance companies are trying to reach out to high school students.


The lesson: one mistake can change your life.


The program kicked off at Palm Springs High School Friday with an inspirational video on leadership. The Teen Safe Driving Program will continue in the classroom of Officer Joshua Crocker with the help from grants from the California Office of Trafffic Safety and State Farm Insurance.


Officer Crocker teaches a class that includes information on intoxicated and distracted driving. The school already has plans to use
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The Importance of Property Insurance

By Daniel Myers  Investopedia

The basic goal behind buying insurance is to make you financially whole following a loss. You agree to pay a (relatively) small fee to an insurance company today, causing a small but certain loss to you now, in exchange for a guarantee from the insurance company that it will bear the burden of a large but uncertain loss in the future.
Let’s say that you have a house that you own, free and clear – with no insurance. As long as you continue to pay your property taxes, you have every right to enjoy the use of that house for as long as you like, as guaranteed by law. You may live there,
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