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Louisiana Commissioner Blames High Auto Rates on ‘Ambulance Chasers’

At a Feb. 17 speech at the Press Club of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon discussed the state’s comparatively high auto insurance rates—particularly in New Orleans and Baton Rouge—citing reports that attribute the high rates to an increased likelihood of drivers in the state filing lawsuits after accidents...
February 20, 2014

At a Feb. 17 speech at the Press Club of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon discussed the state’s comparatively high auto insurance rates – particularly in New Orleans and Baton Rouge – citing reports that attribute the high rates to an increased likelihood of drivers in the state filing lawsuits after accidents. “It’s claims to litigation. And it’s a poorer population,” Donelon said. “And those folks are easily motivated when approached by a tow truck driver or a lawyer or a physical therapist or a chiropractor to take full advantage of the opportunity of minor collision claims.” He echoed the Louisiana Property and Casualty Insurance Commission’s recommendations for lowering the jury trial threshold and preventing uninsured drivers from receiving awards for “pain and suffering,” and he expects tort reform bills to move forward this year for the first time since the late 1990s.

Donelon: High Auto Due to New Orleans ‘Ambulance Chasers’ (New Orleans Times-Picayune 02/17/14)

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