Navigating COVID-19 And Its Aftermath

As the federal and state governments discuss plans for “reopening
the economy
,” it’s important to recognize and plan for the fact
that the impacts of the virus and our responses to it will be playing out for
some time to come.

Were auto insurers too quick to give back?

Despite record-low vehicle miles traveled, Digital
Insurance reports
, severe and fatal
crashes in U.S. cities have increased since COVID-19. There have been more
speeding and more severe and deadly crashes than before the business shutdowns
and sheltering in place instituted in response to the pandemic.

In New York City, traffic volume decreased between 78% and 92%
compared to January, but there was a 57% increase in speeding violations in the 10 days following the governor’s stay at home
orders. And there were six deadly crashes from
March 2 to April 8, which is more deadly crashes than the same time period in
any of the previous five years.

Numbers like these suggest the auto insurers that have returned
more than $10 billion
to policyholders
through premium relief – on the premise that fewer cars on the road would mean
fewer crashes and claims – might have acted prematurely.

A.I. to enforce social distance, limit liability

Reuters reports that stores and other workplaces eager to avoid spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 are equipping existing security cameras with artificial intelligence software that can track compliance with health guidelines including social distancingA. and mask-wearing.

The software will allow them to show not only
workers and customers, but also insurers and regulators, that they are
monitoring and enforcing safe practices.

“The last thing we want is for the governor to shut all our
projects down because no one is behaving,” said Jen Suerth, vice president at
Chicago-based Pepper Construction, which introduced software this month to
detect workers grouping at a project in Illinois.

In other COVID-19 reporting:

Automobile Insurance

Detroit
Car Makers Target May 18 U.S. Restart Date
(The Wall Street Journal, 4/27/20)

Expect
an Increase in Auto Insurance Adaptations
(Property/Casualty 360, 4/27/20)

Liability and Litigation

The
Legal Fight Between Insurers and Businesses Is Expanding
(The Wall Street Journal, 4/29/20)

Fearing
Raft of Lawsuits, Businesses Seek Shield From Pandemic Liability
(The New York Times, 4/29/20)

Most
Firms Neglected Pandemics in Annual Risk Assessments: Study
(Insurance Journal, 4/28/20)

Marine Insurance

Insurance
Considerations for Cargo Owners During COVID-19
(Property/Casualty 360, 4/28/20)

Workers Compensation

Calif.:
Immigrant Workers Eligible for COVID-19-Related WC Benefits
(Property/Casualty 360, 4/28/20)

States
Aim to Expand Workers’ Compensation for COVID-19
(The Wall Street Journal, 4/27/20)

Employers
plot strategies for bringing workers back onsite
(Business Insurance, 4/24/2020)

From the Triple-I Blog:            

SOME WAYS TO THINK ABOUT VIRUS’S IMPACT ON AUTO INSURER PROFITABILITY

ARE
LIFE INSURERS DENYING BENEFITS FOR DEATHS RELATED TO COVID-19?

FAQs
ABOUT COVID-19’S IMPACT ON WORKERS’ COMP