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Distracted Driving on the Rise During the Pandemic

Despite decreased traffic, the National Safety Council found that 2020 motor vehicle deaths were up 8% from 2019 — the highest percentage increase in 13 years. Cell phones have long been the cause of deadly driving accidents, but new evidence suggests that the distracted driving epidemic has only gotten worse during the pandemic.

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The Importance of Flexible Policy Terms Amid Widespread Construction Delays

Construction projects have historically been prone to delays. Now, after months of labor restrictions, material shortages, and an increase in renovations, delays are more widespread and severe than ever before.

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It’s Hail Time, Make Sure Insureds are Risk-Ready

Hail season is upon us and we’ve already seen significant weather events this past March and April. Wicked storms that dropped large hail in Norman, Oklahoma, and San Antonio and Fort Worth, Texas, on April 28, are projected to have caused more than $3.5 billion in damages. Residents were forced to take shelter inside as…

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May is Wildfire Awareness Month

Last year we saw record-breaking wildfires engulf Northern California. An estimated 8.9 million acres were burned in the 2020 wildfire season, almost double the acreage burned in the 2019 season. Wildfire season is coming, and now is the perfect time to focus on wildfire preparedness. With a few simple precautions, homeowners can better protect their…

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Preparing for a Hurricane

Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 9-15, providing the perfect opportunity for people across the country to get ready for the upcoming hurricane season. Knowing what to do before, during, and after a hurricane or typhoon can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Take steps now to protect your home, yourself, and your family,…

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Sedgwick Helps Mitigate Risks During Remodeling and Repairs

Sedgwick Repair Services provides customized managed repair, restoration, and mitigation through its network of certified local, regional and national contractors. Members of Distinguished Programs – insureds in our New York Brick & Brownstone Program, City Multi-Family Insurance, City Landlord Insurance, and City Condominium Insurance – have access to Sedgwick’s network of trusted contractors whose insurance…

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A Sea of Litigation: Risk Management for Resort Waterparks, Waterslides

With the warm weather around the corner and after a year of safer-at-home guidelines and resort waterpark closures and/or limited-capacity mandates, operations are now getting ready for returning guests.  As fun as waterparks and slides are, they can also be dangerous with people getting hurt, sometimes severely. Slip and fall injuries are common as guests…

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How to Prepare for an Earthquake

While we typically associate earthquakes with the west coast, they can occur anywhere at any time. Faults are buried deep underground in the central and eastern regions of the United States. These areas are categorized as seismic zones and experience hundreds of small earthquakes every year, but damaging shocks can occur too. The probability for…

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Liability Pitfalls for Hotels Providing Insured Vehicles to Their Guests

Car companies like BMW, Mercedes, and Porsche have been teaming up with hotels for years to provide guests with vehicles – particularly luxury cars. It’s a way to drive up recognition of their respective brands among both leisure and business travelers. Some brands even offer loaner cars that allow guests to experience new models while…

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Old Man Winter Ushers in Extra Parking Garage Safety Precautions

Now that winter is upon us throughout most of the country, it’s important for insureds to make accommodations in their parking garage safety precautions. During the winter months, parking garages and parking lots become an increased source of slips and falls, skidding impacts with structures and pedestrians, ceiling collapses, holiday muggings and vehicle break-ins, and…

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Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Costly winter-wealth-related nuisances, like frozen pipes, can often be avoided with adequate preparation. But it isn’t always easy to know what needs to be done, especially for a new homeowner. Share this checklist with your insureds to keep winter maintenance simple.

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