GEICO’s $9.6 million-dollar lesson in “bad faith”

In August 2006, James Harvey was behind the wheel of his Hummer, approaching a flashing red light to turn onto a Florida highway. Harvey didn’t stop at that red light. When he pulled onto the highway, his Hummer t-boned a motorcycle. The motorcycle’s driver, John Potts, was killed. Wrongful death lawsuit The at-fault driver, James… Learn More »

Is a driver responsible when a “sudden medical emergency” causes a car crash?

Recently, a driver who reportedly experienced a “sudden medical emergency” jumped the curb and hit 2 people on the sidewalk of the Burnside Bridge in Portland. One of the pedestrians was fatally injured. In May, a Vancouver man died after suffering from a medical emergency and crashing on I-205. In April, a 61-year-old semi-truck driver… Learn More »

Why your car insurance rates are going up

Rate hikes and the “loyalty discount” myth Allstate quietly announced that auto insurance rates are going up, starting in June 2015. The company claims the price hike is due to an increase in car accidents and resulting accident claims. In other words, people paying for a service – insurance – are punished when they actually… Learn More »

Does a car accident claim affect your insurance cost?

A new study says just one accident claim will cost you thousands InsuranceQuotes.com hired researchers to answer this question. They created a hypothetical 45-year-old employed, married driver with no previous claims and got rates from 6 companies in all 50 states. They found that, on average, making a claim on an insurance policy caused premiums… Learn More »