September Is National Preparedness Month
As part of PIA's ongoing partnership with The Hartford's flood insurance
program, we are proud to provide PIA members with the
latest Flood Agent eNewsletter
produced by The Hartford
for its flood insurance agents. This month's contents address the October 1
NFIP changes, NFIP resource library, and additional claims help for Harvey Damages.
In addition to The Hartford's eNewsletters, PIA members visiting
PIA's Flood Insurance Marketing Support Center
flyers to help their personal lines and commercial lines clients prepare for floods,
deal with the aftermath of flooding, and how to prepare for a visit by an adjuster.
PIA thanks The Hartford for making these excellent materials available to all PIA
members, regardless of their participation in PIA's flood insurance program with
PIA members who want to earn great flood insurance commissions
with a top-flight Write-Your-Own flood insurance company should consider the
PIA/Hartford flood insurance program.
To learn more:
Watch a Hartford Flood webinar recording
- Contact Joseph M. Surowiecki, Jr. of The Hartford at 860-547-5006 or
Self-Driving Cars Hit a Speed Bump
Less than half of Americans (43 percent) are interested
in utilizing self-driving cars, down from 53 percent last year, according
to the fourth annual Sharing Economy Index released by Allianz Global Assistance.
The lack of interest is primarily attributed to safety concerns (71 percent in 2018,
compared to 65 percent in 2017), while other reasons include cost/budget, lack of
familiarity and bad publicity. Recent high-profile crashes involving self-driving
cars have dampened America's confidence and excitement over auto-piloted vehicles.
In March, two self-driving vehicles were involved in fatal accidents.
Companies continue to invest billions of dollars into autonomous vehicle technology,
despite the recent fatal crashes – and despite continuing skepticism on the part of
the public that they are somehow a good idea. A
Pew Research Center survey found that 39 percent said they were
not sure whether the vehicles would make roads safer or more dangerous, and 87 percent
favored requiring that a human always be behind the wheel to take control if something
"Based on consumer perceptions, our survey reveals an uncertain future for
self-driving cars," says Daniel Durazo, director of communications, Allianz Global
Assistance USA. "Many Americans are far from being convinced that self-driving cars
can be operated safely on our streets. As our Future of Travel survey last year
indicated, more travelers would feel safer on a rocket to space than being a passenger
in a self-driving vehicle."