November 9, 2011

Contractual Risk Transer Recommendations

CONTRACTUAL RISK TRANSFER RECOMMENDATIONS The following checklist suggests some approaches for minimizing friction between contracting parties (or the possibility of unknown breaches of contract requirements) while still securing realistic protection for risk transferors. • Update your insurance requirements to reflect modern insurance terminology. If your contract still requires “comprehensive” general liability insurance with a broad form property damage endorsement, it was written in the dark ages. • Construct your additional insured requirement to deal with the other insurance issue in a manner that works with the standard industry approach instead of requiring special language that achieves nothing more but is very difficult to obtain. • Don’t require a waiver of subrogation endorsement on the transferee’s general liability policy. Include a waiver of subrogation in the […]
October 14, 2011

Shun Those Cell Phones While Driving

Shun Those Cell Phones While Driving More than 20 percent of injury crashes in the United States involve reports of distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Of those killed in distracted-driving related accidents, 18 percent involved the usage of a cell phone. Another study indicates that using a cell phone while driving, whether it is a hand-held or hands-free device, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. Cell phones, and particularly smart phones, are considered one of the leading driver distractions. As a result, more and more communities are placing restrictions on drivers’ use of cell phones. The following tips are offered to motorists with regard to cell […]
September 28, 2011

Ordinance & Law Coverage-Often Overlooked

One of the most overlooked coverages that building owners don’t have is Ordianace and Law Coverage. Building codes are constantly being updated, but many business buildings may not be exempted from the newer codes simply because they were constructed prior to the enactment of the new statutes. The building laws exposure that this endorsement was originally designed to cover was the exposure created by many local building ordinances, requiring any building which is damaged to some specified extent (such as 50 percent) to be demolished and reconstructed in accordance with current building codes. Other ordinances that could affect rebuilding are zoning laws and ADA compliance.  Ordinance and law coverage is not included as a standard part of a business policy as it actually improves a business’ pre-loss condition. […]