As we enter into the second half of 2018, the state of the Property & Casualty (P&C) market looks strong with multiple sources of opportunity on the horizon. One thing is certain, after the catastrophic damage from 2017, underwriters are taking a more in-depth look into potential risks. Brokers with a “client-first” mentality are setting themselves apart from the competition by working intensely with their clients to put policies into place that mitigate risks and keep premiums as low as possible.
It’s safe to say that most companies underestimate how susceptible they are to workplace violence and an active shooter and threat scenario. While there are some industries that are more prone to incidences, workplace violence is a threat to all work environments. It is in the best interest of all business owners, board of directors, leaders and managers within each organization to assess the exposure, communicate and educate your workforce, and manage the risk to protect your assets and financial interest.
The commercial insurance industry is comprised of a complex blend of risk assessment, prevention, and circumstances that are many times left in the hands of Mother Nature. Underwriters and insureds go to great lengths to ensure that every preventive measure and precaution is taken to mitigate the risk, but all the best practices, experience and prevention could not control the detriment that Mother Nature would cause in 2017. Now, in 2018, the insurance industry is trying to pick itself up and dust off after suffering from a $23.5 billion industry loss last year after $52.9 billion of catastrophic claims were filed. 2 To say that these figures will impact 2018 would certainly be an understatement.
As 2017 winds down and 2018 is practically knocking at the door, it has been a year resulting in much economic prosperity for many, but also has presented many corporations with large windows of risk. Some of these risks are common from year to year and ebb and flow due to economic conditions. However, some risks, like cybersecurity, seem like they are nasty viruses that are constantly morphing and evolving to their environment, always staying one step ahead.
Company auto-related costs are accelerating as new technology becomes available, creating more expensive cars with more distracted drivers. The distractions come in various forms: from high-tech computer systems integrated in the car to the already dangerous situation of using a cell phone while driving. Because the cost of vehicles continue to increase, the cost of repairing damaged vehicles is also increasing. Companies that operate a fleet of vehicles should be aware of all the risks and have plans in place to reduce these risks.