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Ubers, and Lyfts and Rideshares — Oh my! The Insurance Implications for an Evolving Industry

Posted by Parker Beauchamp on Aug 24, 2016

Note: This post was updated on Aug. 24, 2016 to include updated information and resources.

Over the past few years, rideshare services, such as Uber and Lyft, have made their mark on cities across the nation and have grown to be a billion dollar industry. Since the inception of their popularity—largely during 2013 and 2014—one question has remained consistent: “How do rideshare services differ from taxi services and how are their drivers and passengers insured?

Popularity and rising safety concerns have forced the insurance industry to rethink auto coverages for these evolving services and their unique needs. While rideshares are similar to traditional taxis, the insurance coverages, compensation and responsibilities have generally been quite different between the two transportation options.

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Topics: Insurance News & Trends

Information and Technology Insurance: Basics of Insuring a Tech Startup

Posted by Parker Beauchamp on Aug 11, 2016

Insurance protection is essential for the survival of any business, but this is especially true for startups. Most businesses will invest in general liability insurance, which provides basic coverage for physical injuries, property damage and lawsuits. Tech startups, however, cannot assume this coverage will be sufficient for their venture; they must address their unique needs to protect their employees, intellectual property, software and equipment.

Uber, a ride-sharing service, realized the extent of protection required to keep the business afloat once they became a target for lawsuits. In response, the company designed an insurance plan to protect drivers and passengers, and clarify liability claims. This high-growth startup serves as an example of a company that successfully responded to its unique risks with appropriate insurance coverage.

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Topics: Business Insurance

NFL Concussion Lawsuit Shows Room for Improvement in Protecting Athletes

Posted by Parker Beauchamp on Aug 03, 2016

Football is one of America’s favorite pastimes, with record numbers of viewers each season watching the infamous Super Bowl game, making it one of the most highly anticipated and popular broadcasts of the year. Because of the love and fandom for football, the aggressive nature of the sport can be overlooked at times. But one of the most common injuries—concussions—continues to impact players long after their career is over, particularly in cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

With the number of concussions among players rising nearly 32% in the 2015/2016 NFL season, the league is currently conducting a review of its current concussion protocol. The review comes during a time in which many are watching the league with a close eye, as recent developments in the NFL’s concussion lawsuit and settlement have shown the need for improvements—particularly in the areas of equipment and training practices.

Beyond better training methods and safer playing on the field, there’s an additional layer of protection for players not as frequently discussed—insurance.

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Topics: Risk Management, Insurance News & Trends

How to Avoid Risk and Have Fun While Playing Pokémon Go

Posted by Parker Beauchamp on Jul 27, 2016

Pokémon Go is sweeping the nation! The latest reports estimate that the mobile-based augmented reality game has 21 million daily active users and more engagement than Facebook. So, chances are you’ve heard of it or know someone who is playing.

The game encourages players to explore the real world around them and uses their phone as a lens to catch imaginary creatures called Pokémon, which is Japanese for “pocket monster.” (If you’re curious to learn more about the game, read this article from Vox, Pokémon Go: 9 questions about the game you were too embarrassed to ask.)

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Topics: Insurance News & Trends

Artificial Intelligence and the Insurance Industry: What You Need to Know

Posted by Parker Beauchamp on Jul 21, 2016

Artificial Intelligence (AI) encompasses everything from machine learning to the Internet of Things (IoT). Thanks to these tech advancements, AI systems are now able to perform tasks that previously required human intelligence, such as visual and speech processing, decision-making and language translation.

From self-driving cars to automated assistants, AI is rapidly evolving and finding its way into surprising daily use cases, leading people to underestimate how it’s fundamentally transforming our world. It’s disrupting and improving organizations across all industries, and now it’s headed for insurance.

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Topics: Insurance News & Trends