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Monitored Driving

In 1998, Progressive Insurance became the first automotive carrier to use what’s called telematics to track its policyholders’ driving habits, and other major insurers followed suit. According to The Idaho National Laboratory, telematics are defined as a “combination of computer science, telecommunications,and vehicles, with the goal of controlling a vehicle or collecting vehicle data.”  Many car insurers offer policyholders the opportunity to have a telematics...

Insurance Fraud: Ghost Broking

The advent of the internet and social media has made doing business easier than ever, but has also emboldened the dishonest and unscrupulous to utilize new ways to defraud unsuspecting victims.  One form of insurance fraud, already pervasive in The United Kingdom, is now gaining traction here in The United States:  ghost broking.   Ghost brokers pose as legitimate insurance agents.  They will advertise too-good-to-be-true...

Sharing The Road

In late May, Nashville CBS-affiliate News Channel 5 reported the death of a young man who was riding a scooter downtown when he was fatally struck by a sport utility vehicle.  Talk of a 30-day ban on the scooters was rejected by the Metro Council, though an alternate plan for greater control over the scooters will be up for a vote on July 16. While local lawmakers work out the kinks...

Burglar-Proofing Your Property While You're Away

Summer is upon us, and while the appeal of warmer weather and lazy days gives us something to look forward to, it’s also enticing to those who make their living from breaking the law.  According to a report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which is a division of the United States Department of Justice, crimes like burglary and larceny occur more often in the...

Distracted Driving

April has been designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a division of the United States Department of Transportation, distracted driving is defined as “any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention...