OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This second of four “First Monday” episodes explores the U.S. automobile insurance industry, as A.M. Best Vice President Richard Attanasio discusses how usage-based data and advances in automobile technologies are driving sweeping changes in the U.S. personal automobile insurance sector. Click on http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=fmauto415 to view the video program. The remaining “First Monday’ episodes will focus on how a federal budget change has left the collectability of risk-corridor payments uncertain for U.S. health insurers and a look at the industry-wide wave of mergers and acquisitions. “First Monday” is A.M. Best’s monthly program featuring commentary by the company's leading analysts.
How carriers are behaving with the advancements in automobile technologies is just one of the issues Attanasio addresses. “Over the last decade, crash avoidance systems, safety technology and better enforcement have had a pretty material impact and really benefited performance in the automobile line,” said Attanasio. “There has only been a modest offset by medical inflation increases, along with the cost to fix these new vehicles.”
Attanasio also spoke to what A.M. Best believes to be the future for the industry. “Companies with an adaptable long-term view are going to be well prepared, because of their usage of bundling of products, streamlining processes and increasing efficiencies and scales.”
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