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Automobile Injury Claims in Hawaii
This closed claim study examines characteristics of 712 auto injury claims closed in 1990, documenting Hawaii's high attorney involvement and the use of lengthy medical treatments for neck and back sprains to defeat the state's $7,000 no-fault threshold.
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Adequacy of Motor Vehicle Records in Evaluating Driver Performance
A survey of 27,627 reportable auto crashes in 40 states found only 40% of them were recorded on reports obtained from state motor vehicle departments, indicating millions of records cannot be obtained by employers and auto insurers to identify high-risk drivers. Results for each state and 26 major cities are reported.
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Auto Insurance Reform: Public Views of Ideas for Reducing Costs and Speeding Settlement of Auto Insurance Claims
A countrywide survey conducted by The Gallup Organization, Inc. explores public acceptance of key auto insurance reform ideas being discussed by legislators and other public policy decision-makers. The survey found substantial public support for limiting lawsuits in minor injury cases.
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Claimant Satisfaction in Auto Accident Cases
This countrywide survey of more than 2,800 households focuses on their recent experiences with auto accidents. It explores satisfaction with the overall handling and settlement of claims as well as particular aspects of the claims process.
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Catastrophic No-Fault Auto Injury Claims
Over 5,000 no-fault (PIP) claims with expected payments of $100,000 or more were identified in a survey of 22 auto insurers in Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The study also continues to track claimant condition, mortality and payment amounts for 420 such claims first identified in a 1977 survey, Compensation for Automobile Injuries in the United States. Additional follow-up surveys were conducted on the 420 claims in 1980 and 1982.
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Attorney Involvement in Auto Injury Claims
A countrywide survey of 3,375 families with recent auto injury experience indicates that 35% hired an attorney to handle their claims in 1986, up from 22% in a similar study in 1977. The report provides information about the accidents, injuries, sources and amounts of compensation received and experiences with attorneys, including fees paid and satisfaction with attorneys and the settlements they negotiated.
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Unisex Auto Insurance Rating
Following passage of unisex insurance rating legislation in Montana, the Council conducted a study of how auto insurance premiums changed when gender and marital status were eliminated as rating variables. The study measures the increases and decreases in auto insurance premiums experienced by youthful female and male drivers.
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Patterns of Shopping Behavior in Auto Insurance
This report contains the findings of three related surveys to determine how vehicle owners shop for auto insurance and types of information available to them. The studies found that consumers engage in a large amount of comparison shopping, and report little difficulty in obtaining the information they need for buying auto insurance.
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