Feb 10, 2018
We printed this Q&A column in the Feb. 10, 2018 edition of The Lewiston Tribune.
A. Natural disasters in 2017 will have little effect on Business Insurance premiums in 2018. That is not to say that natural disasters were insignificant with insured losses at $135 billion, almost three times higher than the 10-year average of $49 billion. To the credit of the insurance industry, the losses were spread out between the major insurance companies and the reinsurance industry was very well capitalized. So, these losses did not significantly impair insurers enough to drive rate changes in 2018. All primary coverage lines – Property, Liability, and Workers Compensation are expected to very stable in pricing, with one notable exception – Business Auto.
Business Auto: The largest anticipated increases in Business Insurance rates in 2018 will come in the Commercial Auto line of business. The insurance industry is alarmed at the rising accident frequency and the rising cost of claims that have produced financial losses for several years in a row. In 2017, commercial auto premium renewal rates changed a restrained average of +2.85%. However, indications in 2018 show that some insurance companies are taking large rate increases – as much as +40% on small commercial fleets. Not everyone will receive big rate increases but double digit increases of +10% will be common even without prior claims. The amount of increase will depend on the individual company’s past business auto claim experience. For more detailed information, read my 2018 Commercial Insurance Rate Forecast.
The Good News…
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