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.
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.